*”Fast & Furious 7” director James Wan, who replaces Justin Lin at the helm of the street-racing film series, said he had approached Denzel Washington about taking on a villainous role – but the Oscar winner declined, reports Deadline.com.
Had a deal been worked out, Washington’s character would have been introduced in next year’s “Fast & Furious” movie in a minor role, before taking on a major role in the eighth installment of the franchise.
Producers used a similar tactic earlier this summer with “Fast & Furious 6” when “Transporter” actor Jason Statham was introduced at the end of the movie as a new villain, who will become the main antagonist in the 2014 follow-up.
Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez and Jordana Brewster are all expected to reprise their roles for the seventh movie.
Diesel – who also produces the series – recently revealed that the franchise will next shoot in Japan, after filming the sixth installment in London and the fifth in Rio de Janeiro.
“Fast & Furious 7” is due for release in July 2014.