Yesterday news broke that may alter the entire course of history. This news was so mind-blowing and revolutionary that I am almost at a loss for words. Of course, we at Poor Scholars are referring to this exclusive story that Ain’t It Cool News unleashed on the world yesterday. Are you ready for this? I mean really ready? More than a few people who I told about this have already pissed their pants in pure jubilation upon hearing the news. Okay, but don’t say I didn’t warn you if you have to leave work after soiling yourself with palpable excitement.
Jason Stathman, excuse me while I take a deep breath and repeat myself, Jason Statham! has joined the cast for the already announced sequel to Fast and Furious Six. It is also being reported that he will make a small cameo at the end Fast Six, setting up his role as the villain in Fast Seven. Last year Fast Five director Justin Lin was quoted as saying “At five, we’re just hitting our stride. We’re growing. People want to continue this journey.” Justin Lin, my friends, is no liar.
Jason Statham was originally offered the role of Owen Shaw by Universal Studios last year. After negotiations broke down between the parties, Luke Evans ended up snagging the role. The fans, myself included thought this would go down as one of the great missed opportunities in cinematic history and unless Statham’s other opportunities included another installment in the criminally underrated Crank franchise (rest assured I will be speaking to this at a later date on Poor Scholars) this came as devastating news. Joyously though, Statham seems to have had a change of heart or worked out his differences with Universal Studios and come to realize that joining the cast of the greatest movies franchise of all time was probably in his best interest.
While delving into Jason Statham’s previous movie roles, you can see that he never really had a choice as to whether or not he was going to join the hallowed FF cast. He’s saved the world alongside Sylvester Stallone, Jet Li and Dolph Lundgren, to name a few, in the Expendables franchise. He’s portrayed the legendary Chev Chelios in the aforementioned Crank franchise (you should really watch both movies). He’s been a mainstay cast member of Guy Ritchie’s British crime films. He’s already starred in a movie franchise based solely around him driving cars and kicking ass in The Transporter. He’s even undertaken the role of a falsely imprisoned NASCAR driver who must win a gladiatorial race facing certain death in Death Race. In all of these roles he plays the boots to asses (thank you, Rocky) star in some over the top action movie. Isn’t this the exact essence of what makes the FF franchise so great?
To put it simply Jason Statham is quickly becoming this generation’s Sylvester Stallone or Arnold Schwarzenegger; an action star in the truest sense of the word. There was just no way he could avoid involvement in the FF franchise.
For this we should all be thankful.