Jason Statham

Way back last fall, right around the time there was rumors that Paramount wanted him for their inevitable "Transformers" sequel(s), it was revealed that Jason Statham was the latest piece of man meat being sought to join the sweaty, armpit-stained cast of "Fast Six." But for fans hoping for a hot man sandwich of Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham, those dreams have been shattered.

Twitch reports that a deal couldn't be worked out and Statham won't be starring in the film. Bummer dude. As the star of three "The Transporter" movies, two "The Expendables," two "Crank" flicks and a variety of indistinguishable action pics, it's not as if he has a discerning palette. But perhaps he just didn't want to be third wheel in a franchise already greased with characters to keep track of. After all, nobody wants to come second to Paul Walker.

Anyway, the Justin Lin-helmed flick starts shooting next month and will hit theaters on May 24, 2013.