Denzel Washington turns down "Fast and Furious" role

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After killing Owen Shaw and his crew, Dominic (Vin Diesel), Brian (Paul Walker) and their crew are able to return to the United States and live the normal life again as they had wanted. But, Owen's older brother, Ian Shaw (Jason Statham) is after Dominic, seeking revenge for the death of his brother, and after arranging Han's death, the crew sets out to kill the man who killed one of their own.
August 2nd, 2013

Denzel Washington turned down a role in the 'Fast & Furious' franchise.

'Fast & Furious 7' director James Wan - who replaces Justin Lin at the helm of the street-racing film series - had approached the '2 Guns' actor about taking on a villainous role, but he apparently declined, according to Deadline.

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 instalment 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 globe-trotting franchise will next shoot in Japan, after filming the sixth instalment in London and the fifth in Rio de Janeiro.

He said: ''We're definitely going back home [to the US], as you know from seeing 'Fast & Furious 6'.

''We will have a stint in Tokyo and there is the Middle East next, that could be very interesting.''

'Fast & Furious 7' is due for release in July 2014.