TWITTER SOUNDOFF: The Case For Adkins, Johnson And Statham In Fast 7
LOL! Well, I plan on seeing Fast And Furious on the evening of Saturday, June 1, since I had other plans this past weekend. But a lot of us just came across something that redefined the word “awesome” for the remainder of the hype around this bit of news.
Now, we are well into the month of May going into June, and Justin Lin’s directorial finale of the franchise, Fast And Furious 6, is pretty much obliterating weekend box office records this week after its successful start in the U.K. as Universal gets its continuance into the third trilogy with Fast And Furious 7, to be directed by James Wan. Furthermore, everyone who has been paying attention is pretty much aware of how prevelant Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has become in the franchise since his role in Fast Five as “D.S.S. Agent Luke Hobbs”. No argument here, for there is no doubt that The Rock has come a VERY long way from being a wrestler to his breakout roles in The Mummy 2, The Scorpion King and The Rundown, to becoming one of the biggest stars of the industry, especially with the nod he got from Marvel President Kevin Feige for the role of Luke Cage.
Scott Adkins has also earned his stripes from the UK to Asia and Hollywood as one of today’s biggest figures in martial arts cinema, most notably with films like Undisputed 2: Last Man Standing, Undisputed 3: Redemption, the French-TV fantasy series, Metal Hurlant Chronicles, Ninja and the upcoming release, Ninja 2, and his most impressive performance in the action horror induction of the UniSol series, Universal Soldier: Day Of Reckoning. More importantly however is the case of Adkins’ role in Simon West’s sequel blockbuster, The Expendables 2, where he went toe-to-toe with fellow Brit-kicker and Hollywood action hero Jason Statham. It was one of the more shorter-lived scenes in the film being shot on only one day, but also one with the highest expectations since Statham himself has made a name for himself as one of the toughest guys ever put on screen to execute action. OBVIOUSLY.
Bare all this in mind with the fact that aside from the as-of-yet-to-be-heard developments on whether or not we will see Dwayne in his own spinoff, he is also slated to star in Fast 7 with Statham. And now that Adkins has seen Fast 6 for himself and publicly stating his own interest in appearing in Fast 7, clearly there is a lot of love here from fans of the franchise who would love nothing more than to see Statham, Adkins and Johnson light the entertainment world’s hottest fire on the big screen together in one of these films.
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