Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 31 August 2014

Walker thrilled for Statham race

Paul Walker is looking forward to working with Jason Statham

Jason Statham will be a "killer addition" to the Fast And Furious family, Paul Walker has said.

The British action star is set to join the cast including Paul, Vin Diesel, Jordana Brewster and Michelle Rodriguez in the upcoming seventh film, and Paul cannot wait to race with him.

"Jason is going to be a killer addition. He's super competitive too - I know it - but I think in terms of what he represents, he's an iconic figure at this point," he said at the world premiere of Fast And Furious 6 in London.

Paul - who has reprised his role as FBI agent Brian O'Conner in the sixth instalment - added: "He's been around kicking butt, driving cars and doing it well for a long time so when people see him step on screen, he automatically comes with a certain degree of reverence. So to go heads up with him is going to be fun, for sure."

Michelle (Letty Ortiz) revealed that Fast And Furious 7 is rumoured to start filming in September, and Jordana has her own hopes for her character Mia Toretto.

Jordana said: "I think I will be coming back. Nothing's official yet but I would absolutely do anything with these people. I'd like to see Mia balance being a bad-a** and her crazy, wild energy with her maternal, domestic energy."

Director Justin Lin, who is handing over the franchise to newcomer James Wan after he took the reins for four films, reckons the movie will be in good hands.

"James has a very distinct point of view. I love him as a film-maker because he shoots as he has a reason to shoot."

Fast And Furious 6, which also stars Luke Evans, Gina Carano, Elsa Pataky and Sung Kang, opens in cinemas on May 17.

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