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‘Fast & Furious 7′ Wraps Filming, Thanks Fans On Eve Of Original Release Date

By | Thursday July 10, 2014 @ 12:01pm PDT

‘Fast & Furious 7′ Wraps Filming, Thanks Fans On Eve Of Original Release DateUPDATE: Marketing pulled a Jesse and hit the nitrous early with a Facebook post this a.m. celebrating the final shot filmed on Fast & Furious 7. “…about to cross the finishing line… Social media likes to jump the gun. #stillfilming,” director James Wan (@creepypuppet) Tweeted this afternoon, hours after the pre-planned announcement hit social media. A studio source confirms that the pic indeed wraps today.

PREVIOUS: It’s been a long and emotional road for Fast & Furious 7, which had its premiere postponed from this weekend’s original release date to April 2015 following the death of Paul Walker. Now the Universal sequel has wrapped its Los Angeles shoot under director James Wan, with the help of Walker’s brothers Caleb and Cody. Universal’s official Fast 7 Facebook page today thanked fans for riding with them in what’s been a vocal and loyal campaign of support through the pic’s tumultuous production. The post, accompanied by a shot of star Vin Diesel, has garnered over 120K Facebook likes in just a few hours from the Fast & Furious “family” of social media-connected fans. Last week Uni sped up the pic’s release to April 3, 2015. Here’s the note:

We made it.

Today we completed the last shot in the production of FAST & FURIOUS 7.

We wanted to take this moment to express how thankful we are for your support. We felt the love and strength from our fans throughout this journey, and it’s because of you that we got here.

There was a time when we didn’t know how we could go on, or even if we should. But we listened to you, and you inspired us not only to keep going but to try and make the best FAST & FURIOUS movie yet.

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‘Fast & Furious 7′ Sped Up By A Week

‘Fast & Furious 7′ Sped Up By A WeekThe franchise sequel had the April 10 date all to itself, but Universal said today that it’s moving the film’s release ahead a week to Easter weekend. Fast & Furious 7 now is set for April 3, which gives it an extra weekend of play before the April 17 debut of Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2. F&F7‘s new opening-weekend competition will be Fox romancer The Longest Ride. James Wan is directing this installment of the blockbuster series, which again stars Vin Diesel, Paul Walker — in his last film — Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster and others, including franchise rookies Jason Statham, Djimon Hounsou and Kurt Russell.

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Latin Music Superstar Romeo Santos Joins ‘Fast & Furious 7′

By | Thursday May 22, 2014 @ 11:49pm PDT

Romeo Santos Fast & Furious 7Latin-American singer Romeo Santos is revving up for a role in Universal’s Fast & Furious 7. The chart-topping, Grammy-nominated musician and former lead singer of the Bachata group Aventura was joined Thursday night onstage at his sold-out Staples Center concert in Los Angeles by Fast & Furious franchise star Vin Diesel, who made the announcement. Santos’s role has yet to be revealed. Like Diesel, the NY-born musician has a huge social media following with over 2M Twitter followers and 19M Facebook fans. He’ll be joining Jason Statham, Kurt Russell, and more newcomers alongside series returners Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Lucas Black, and the late Paul Walker in the James Wan-directed sequel, which Universal will release on April 10, 2015.

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Paul Walker’s Brothers Jumping In To Help Finish ‘Fast & Furious 7′ Action Scenes

By | Tuesday April 15, 2014 @ 2:18pm PDT

The film’s official Facebook page unveiled that Paul Walker‘s brothers Caleb and Cody will help complete his action scenes on Universal’s Fast & Furious 7. The note says Walker had completed his dramatic work on the latest film in the lucrative franchise before he was killed in a car crash in November in Santa Clarita, CA. Universal postponed the original July 2014 release and pushed the sequel’s debut by nearly a year to April 10, 2015. Here’s the statement:

Paul Walker DeadA Note to the Fans of FAST & FURIOUS

The FAST & FURIOUS saga is about family. The characters are connected by the bond of family, and it is how all of us who have worked together for more than thirteen years feel about each other. It certainly defines how we feel about our fans.

Our family experienced an unthinkable shock in November. We had to take time to grieve Paul, the brother we love and lost, and to figure out if we should move on with our film.

We came together and all felt the only choice was to continue. We believe our fans want that, and we believe Paul would want that too. Paul had already shot his dramatic scenes and most of his action for FAST & FURIOUS 7, and it’s among the strongest work of his career.

We have resumed shooting and now welcome Paul’s brothers, Caleb and Cody, into our FAST family. Caleb and Cody are helping us complete some remaining action for their brother and fill in small gaps left in production. Having them on set has made us all feel that Paul is with us too.

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Lucas Black Joins CBS’ ‘NCIS’ Spinoff

By | Monday February 10, 2014 @ 12:30pm PST
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Fast & FuriousLucas Black is setAFI Associates & Sony Pictures Classics' Premiere Of "Get Low" - Arrivals to co-star opposite Scott Bakula and Zoe McLellan in CBS NCIS planted spinoff. Executive produced by NCIS showrunner Gary Glasberg and star Mark Harmon, the spinoff is set at the NCIS New Orleans office, which handles cases from Pensacola through Mississippi and Louisiana to the Texas panhandle. It centers on NCIS Special Agent Pride (Bakula). Black will play NCIS Special Agent Lasalle, who relocated to New Orleans as a kid and is a no-nonsense federal agent who believes in doing what’s right no matter what, and a man who works hard and plays harder. In addition to Bakula and McLellan, Black joins previously cast CCH Pounder in the spinoff, which will air as a two-part NCIS episode in the spring. Black, repped by ICM Partners, is reprising his role from The Fast And The Furious: Tokyo Drift of Sean Boswell in the upcoming Fast & Furious 7,  whose production has been put on hold following the tragic death of star Paul Walker.

Related: Scott Bakula To Topline CBS’ ‘NCIS’ Spinoff

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Deadline’s Best Film Stories Of The Week

Catch up on your holiday news with Deadline’s best film stories of the week:

Hobbit 2 box officeChristmas Box Office: Weekend Up 10% On More Movies In Marketplace, ‘Hobbit,’ ‘Frozen,’ Together Take 34% Out Of Weekend, ‘Anchorman 2,’ ‘Hustle,’ ‘Wolf’ Follow
By Anita Busch – What a weekend. Box office was up overall about 10% from a year earlier Christmas weekend and may just slightly surpass last year’s overall record of $10.8B, according to Rentrak, to a bit over $10.9B. It’s actually just around 1% ahead so let’s not get all breathless here as there are simply more movies in the marketplace this year and ticket price and attendance figures are not yet available.

Year-End: Will Big Media Companies Hit Their Stride, Or Their Peak, In 2014?
By David Lieberman – People in and around the media business stock market may look at 2013 as the calm before the storm. The Dow Jones Media Index, up nearly 39% this year (as of mid-December), is the highest it’s been in at least a decade while stock prices are at or near all-time highs for industry leaders including CBS, Comcast, Discovery Communications, Disney, Netflix, and Viacom.

OSCARS: Ballots Are Out And The Race Is On, But Will Voters See The Movies In Time?
By Pete Hammond – OK Oscar voters, the pressure is on. Ballots are in the mail — or should we say email – as of today, and the Academy has been bending over backwards to make sure everything is going to go smoothly this year after a well-documented bumpy inaugural ride with electronic voting last season.

Brad Pitt - 12 Years a Slave posterItalian Distributor Apologizes After Recalling ‘12 Years A Slave’ Posters
By The Deadline Team – BIM Distribuzione has officially apologized for the 12 Years A Slave posters in Italy that featured more Brad Pitt and Michael Fassbender than the film’s main star Chiwetel Ejiofor – ones that were unauthorized by Summit and Lionsgate.

OSCARS: Sundance Selects Ramps Up ‘Blue Is The Warmest Color’ Star’s Best Actress Bid (Video)
By Pete Hammond – At just 19 years old, new French acting sensation Adele Exarchopoulos became the youngest winner ever of the Cannes Film Festival’s Palme d’Or when the jury — led by Steven Spielberg — made an unprecedented move this past spring. Read More »

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Universal Sets ‘Fast & Furious 7′ Release For April 2015; Paul Walker Remains Front And Center In The Sequel

By | Monday December 23, 2013 @ 4:46am PST

Fast & Furious 7 release dateUPDATE: Universal has formally announced the new 2015 release date for Fast & Furious 7, after Vin Diesel revealed it on his Facebook page. The studio has also given a sense that the late Paul Walker’s character will remain part of the movie, an outcome that was among the wildly speculative reporting that followed his tragic death in a car crash. “Continuing the global exploits in the franchise built on speed, Vin Diesel and Paul Walker lead the returning cast of Fast & Furious 7…” is how the studio put it. Universal, director James Wan, franchise scribe Chris Morgan and producer Neal R. Moritz postponed the film–the tragedy occurred Thanksgiving weekend, and work was supposed to begin that following Monday–and took an appropriate amount of time to give their cast a chance to grieve their very popular cast mate, and creatively come up with a way of continuing a storyline that was halfway done and has to be completed by writing around a main character that hadn’t finished his narrative arc. Expect to see shooting resume early next year. Some of this is sensitivity to business: Fast & Furious is by far Universal’s most lucrative billion dollar film franchise, and the studio is smart to allow some distance from one of the most tragic occurrences in the film business in 2013, which still would have been fresh in peoples’ mind had the film kept … Read More »

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Universal Sticks With ‘Fast & Furious 7′ Date As Fox Shifts ‘Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes’ Release

By | Tuesday December 10, 2013 @ 12:32pm PST

20thcentury1The jockeying by the studios to get the best playdates for their summer 2014  tentpolefare is continuing with 20th Century Fox moving the release date of its 3D offering Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes up a week from July 18 to July 11. By doing so, it gives the picture another week in the marketplace before moviegoers head into Paramount’s Hercules,  starring Dwayne Johnson, and Warner Bros bows its summer Andy and Lana Wachowski sci-fi  pic Jupiter Ascending, both of which are on July 25. Jupiter stars Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis. The other film slated for the July 11 date is Universal’s Fast & Furious 7, the production of which has been postponed given the tragic death of its star, Paul Walker. Universal, however, for now is holding stake on that July 11 date for FF7.

Related: Photos: Paul Walker, 1973-2013

Deadline’s Dominic Patten contributed to this report

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Deadline’s Best Film Stories Of The Week

Catch up on Deadline’s best film stories of the week:

wonder womanEmerging Star Gal Gadot Set To Play Wonder Woman In ‘Batman Vs. Superman’
By Mike Fleming Jr. – Warner Bros and Zack Snyder have found their Wonder Woman. They’ve cast Israeli-born actress Gal Gadot in the iconic role and she will be part of Batman Vs. Superman, the film that will see Henry Cavill square off with Ben Affleck.

Paul Walker’s Manager Matt Luber Looks Back On 18 Years Growing Up Together
By Mike Fleming Jr.EXCLUSIVE: When they help build a Hollywood star career, agents and managers know it can all end in a moment. That usually comes in the form of a phone call, informing them that client has dropped them for another rep. While that is hard to bear, I have been imagining how much worse it has been for Luber Rocklin Entertainment’s Matt Luber. His 18-year run with Paul Walker ended with a Saturday phone call as Luber and his daughter were leaving a sports bar to attend a college football game in Phoenix. That is when Luber learned that Walker had died instantly at age 40 in a tragic car crash.

affleckBen Affleck On Playing Batman, And How Not To Accept An Academy Award
By Mike Fleming Jr. – For Playboy’s 60th anniversary issue, the magazine needed an iconic subject for the Playboy Interview, and I hit the lottery. I got to talk with actor-writer-director-producer Ben Affleck about his life and the remarkable second act that he wrote for himself as writer-director of Gone Baby Gone and The Town, which culminated in the Best Picture Oscar for Argo. Read More »

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UPDATE: Universal Formalizes ‘Fast & Furious 7′ Postponement, But There Are No Plans To End Franchise

Dominic Patten contributed to this report

UPDATE, 11:33 AM: Sources involved in Fast & Furious 7 paulwsaid there are no plans to scrap the franchise after star Paul Walker‘s tragic death Saturday in a car crash. And that makes business sense: The franchise is one of the most lucrative in Hollywood, having already made more than $2.4 billion for Universal. The sixth installment, released this past summer, made almost $789 million worldwide at the box office. It is too early to determine whether the production will recast or rewrite and all options are being considered. The film, which was filming in Atlanta, has roughly 50% of that location shoot completed. Other locations for the film were set for the Middle East.

Universal Pictures logo 2013PREVIOUS, 10:20 AM: Universal Pictures has formalized something that seemed obvious since the weekend. The studio has indefinitely postponed production on Fast & Furious 7 following the tragic death of Paul Walker in a car accident that occurred while the cast and crew were on a holiday break. I’ve seen reams of web speculation, even one traffic grabber that the studio might scrap the film, and wow it all seems so creepy to me. Work on the half-done production would have resumed two days ago. The studio, the director James Wan, writer Chris Morgan and producer Neal Moritz have just begun trying to figure out what to do to keep this billion-dollar franchise alive.

Related: Paul Walker Died From Trauma & Burns, Autopsy Says

Fast-Furious-6-box-officeIt seems fairly obvious the film will not make its July 2014 release date, and it also feels highly unlikely they will shoot a foot of film before the end of this year. Beyond allowing a mourning period for the traumatized cast and crew to get past the death of an actor who I’m told was the kind of guy who knew the names of everybody on set, there are major creative hurdles to overcome here. It is laudable of the studio and filmmakers to factor all of these variables and take the time to make the right decision before bringing everyone back to work. I don’t think there is a chance that the studio would abandon the franchise, as has been speculated elsewhere. Here is a formal statement by the studio: Read More »

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UPDATE: Paul Walker Died From Trauma & Burns, Autopsy Says

By | Wednesday December 4, 2013 @ 10:03am PST

paul-walker-photo__131201214231-275x342__131202205735__131204001339Deadline’s Dominic Patten & Jen Yamato contributed to this report

7th UPDATE, 10:03 AM: Fast & Furious star Paul Walker died of trauma and burn injuries, the LA County Coroner’s office said today. The autopsy was completed last night, sources say. Walker was killed Saturday after he and friend Roger Rodas crashed in a red 2005 Porsche Carrera GT while driving it in Santa Clarita, CA. Rodas was driving the luxury car with Walker in the passenger seat. Rodas died from “multiple traumatic injuries” said the Coroner’s report, with Walker’s death resulting from the “combined effects of traumatic and thermal injuries.” Both deaths have been ruled to be the result of an accident. On a Thanksgiving break from filming Fast & Furious 7,  the 40-year-old actor had been at a nearby charity event just beforehand. A LAPD investigation of the incident is ongoing, as is the Coroner’s toxicology examination. The latter is expected to take 6-8 more weeks.

 Related: Universal Formalizes ‘Fast & Furious 7’ Postponement
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Photos: Paul Walker, 1973-2013

By | Saturday November 30, 2013 @ 10:11pm PST

paul walker deadFast & Furious star Paul Walker died Saturday in a Southern California car crash at the age of 40. He had recently been filming Universal’s Fast & Furious 7 sequel. Read more here. Click on photos after the jump to launch a slideshow.

Related: ‘Fast & Furious’ Star Paul Walker Killed In Car Crash

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‘Fast & Furious’ Star Paul Walker Killed In Car Crash

By | Saturday November 30, 2013 @ 6:58pm PST

Paul Walker Dead4TH UPDATE 10:20 PM: The Santa Clarita office of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department just issued an update on the fatal car accident involving actor Paul Walker, declaring that “speed was a factor in the solo vehicle collision” and listing the car involved as a red 2005 Porsche Carrera GT. According to sources, the man behind the wheel was Roger Rodas, a friend of Walker’s and owner of Always Evolving, a Valencia-based performance shop for high-end vehicles, who listed Porsche Carrera GT as one of his top 3 favorite cars of all time on the company’s web site. The two, who shared a love for cars, are believed to have gone for a ride at the end of the charity event for Reach Out Worldwide, which both Walker and Always Evolving supported.

Photos: Paul Walker, 1973-2013

3RD UPDATE:  The shocking death of 40-year old actor Paul Walker has begun to overwhelm a holiday weekend in Hollywood, and studios that worked with the easygoing star are reaching out with statements. Walker recently wrapped Brick Mansions, the remake of the parkour-heavy French action film Banlieue 13 that Relativity will release next November 27. He grew close with Relativity president Tucker Tooley, who said:  “We are shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the sudden death of Paul Walker. Paul was an incredibly talented artist, devoted philanthropist and friend. Our hearts go out to his family and our thoughts and prayers are with them.”

paul_walker_fast_and_furiousOthers who worked with the model-handsome star said that he loved surfing, loved his daughter Meadow, and that he was an animal lover. Despite his financial success from the Fast & The Furious franchise, Walker lived a relatively modest and simple life and did not get caught up in the trappings of being a movie star. He was a likeable young man who was devoted to his family. His full name was Paul Walker IV, and his father, grandfather and great grandfather all bore the same name.

Related: Paul Walker’s ‘Fast & Furious’ Family Mourns His Death

Universal Pictures, where  Walker made the Fast & Furious movies he was best known for, hasn’t yet disclosed how this tragedy will impact the movie that is now in production. Of Walker, the studio said in a statement: “All of us at Universal are heartbroken. Paul was truly one of the most beloved and respected members of our studio family for 14 years, and this loss is devastating to us, to everyone involved with the Fast and Furious films, and to countless fans. We send our deepest and most sincere condolences to Paul’s family.”

2ND UPDATE: Fast & Furious star Paul Walker was riding as passenger at the end of a charity event for Reach Out Worldwide at the time of his death, according to an update to his Paul Walker‘s official Twitter and Facebook page: “It is with a truly heavy heart that we must confirm that Paul Walker passed away today in a tragic car accident while attending a charity event for his organization Reach Out Worldwide. He was a passenger in a friend’s car, in which both lost their lives. We appreciate your patience as we too are stunned and saddened beyond belief by this news. Thank you for keeping his family and friends in your prayers during this very difficult time. We will do our best to keep you apprised on where to send condolences. – #TeamPW”

PREVIOUS 6:58 PM: Fast & Furious actor Paul Walker has died, his rep team has confirmed. He was 40. TMZ first reported Walker was one of two passengers killed in a car crash in Santa Clarita County, California. The Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff department has confirmed to Deadline that a fatal collision occurred Saturday afternoon at 3:30 PM on Rye Canyon Loop in Valencia where two victims inside a vehicle engulfed in flames were pronounced dead at the scene. The cause of the collision is under investigation. Read More »

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Kurt Russell, John Brotherton Join ‘Fast & Furious 7′ Cast

By | Wednesday September 25, 2013 @ 8:36pm PDT

The sequel to summer hit Fast & Furious 6, which scored the best worldwide opening in Universal’s history, continues to add actors who are new to the franchise. The latest to join the Fast & Furious 7 cast are Kurt Russell, who weeks ago had been said to be talks for a role, and John Brotherton. Vin Diesel confirmed Russell’s casting in a Facebook post complete with a photo — the Fast & Furious veteran’s page has nearly 48 million likes — but there are no details on his character. Sources tell Deadline that Brotherton, whose credits include The Conjuring, Jane By Design and One Life To Live, will play Sheppard, who’s described as the Russell character’s right-hand man. Russell — whose five-decade career includes such films as Escape From New York, Backdraft, Stargate and Grindhouse — next appears in the western Bone Tomahawk. James Wan’s Fast & Furious 7 is shooting in Atlanta with Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Lucas Black and franchise rookies including Jason Statham and Djimon Hounsou.

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Lucas Black Is Back Behind The Wheel For ‘Fast & Furious 7′ And Beyond

By | Monday September 16, 2013 @ 3:47pm PDT
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EXCLUSIVE: Lucas Black, who starred in Fast & Furious 3: Tokyo Drift, is returning to reprise his Sean Boswell role in Fast & Furious 7. Black, most recently seen as Pee Wee Reese in the Jackie Robinson film 42, has signed a deal that calls for his character to become a regular in the series and he will be part of at least the next three installments of Universal Pictures’ most lucrative film franchise. Fast & Furious 7 will be released next July 11.

The next film will be directed by James Wan, who just helmed the scarily high grossing Insidious: Chapter 2. Scripted by Chris Morgan, the film stars Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Tyrese Gibson, Jason Statham and Djimon Honsou. Neal H. Moritz and Diesel are the producers. This franchise shows no sign of running out of gas: the last film gave Universal its biggest worldwide opening in studio history, and it is the third highest worldwide grossing film of the year after Iron Man 3 and Uni/Illumination Entertainment’s Despicable Me 2. ICM  Partners reps Black.

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Vin Diesel In ‘Fast & Furious 7′: First Look

By | Sunday September 15, 2013 @ 3:50pm PDT

Vin Diesel‘s been known to skirt traditional PR channels to share intel direct to his fans. This weekend he gave his 47M Facebook followers first looks from the set of Universal‘s Fast & Furious 7, in production under Insidious 2 helmer James Wan. “Seven… Has begun…” he posted in a pic showing him wearing Dominic Toretto’s leather jacket and Letty’s necklace. A second posting revealed the below first look at Diesel with co-star Paul Walker. Uni releases Fast & Furious 7 on July 11, 2014.

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‘Fast & Furious 7′ Adds Djimon Hounsou; ‘Glee’s Melissa Benoist Gets ‘Whiplash’; Liana Liberato Joins ‘If I Stay’

By | Wednesday September 11, 2013 @ 5:50pm PDT

Djimon Hounsou is adding his muscle to Universal‘s Fast & Furious 7, the studio announced today. He’ll join franchise veterans Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson and Tyrese, along with new baddie Jason Statham. The sequel helmed by James Wan is due to hit theaters July 11. Hounsou is repped by CAA, manager Peter Safran and Sloane, Offer, Weber and Dern.

Glee‘s Melissa Benoist has been cast in Whiplash, adapted from writer-director Damien Chazelle’s Sundance-winning short film. J.K. Simmons plays a brutal jazz teacher who unloads his frustrations on a novice drummer (Miles Teller) who begins to lose his humanity in his quest to play with the country’s top jazz orchestra. Benoist just finished filming Imagine with Al Pacino and Annette Benning. She’s repped by UTA, Authentic Talent & Literary Management and Frankfurt Kurnit.

Liana Liberato will play Chloe Moretz’s best friend, a sarcastic book nerd, in If I Stay. R.J. Cutler’s film is based on Gayle Forman’s YA novel about a comatose teenager who has an out-of-body experience in the hospital and must choose between living a difficult life or giving up. Liberato, whose credits include Trust and Stuck In Love, is repped by Management 360 and CAA.

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Kurt Russell In Talks for ‘Fast & Furious 7′

By | Friday August 30, 2013 @ 3:33pm PDT

Universal is in negotiations with Kurt Russell to star in Fast & Furious 7, the latest in the lucrative series. The studio already set a July 11, 2014 release date for the pic, which follows the franchise-best box office haul for Fast & Furious 6 this summer.

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