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Denzel Washington Turned Down Small Role In 'Fast & Furious 7'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 1, 2013 11:10 AM
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During a longwinded, occasionally entertaining rant about how studios can't seem to formulate new intellectual properties, Deadline's Mike Fleming, Jr. let some biggish news slip: Denzel Washington, who can be seen in this weekend's oddly satisfying shoot 'em up "2 Guns," turned down a "small role" in the next "Fast and Furious" movie (currently titled "Fast & Furious 7"), to be directed by James Wan ("The Conjuring," "Insidious: Chapter 2"). No details on who Denzel would have played or why he turned down the role, but Fleming is still hopeful that a major star can fill the void before Wan starts shooting. Considering Universal has already set a July 6th, 2014 date for "Fast & Furious 7," they'd better hurry up and find someone.

Haunted Houses & Planes: James Wan & Takashi Shimizu Line Up New Films

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 22, 2011 10:04 AM
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Ready to get scared? If you're looking for some more cheap thrills in your life, today is the day as a couple of horror auteurs (sort of) have lined up some new projects.

Nicole Kidman Circles James Wan's Low Budget Horror Pic 'Spectre'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 9, 2011 8:20 AM
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While we may not be huge fans of his oeuvre, it's easy to see why Hollywood loves director James Wan. He delivers big scares and big box office on tiny budgets. In fact, "Insidious" is already past $50 million domestic with worldwide numbers still to come in all on a tiny cost of $1.5 million. Not bad. So it's no wonder talent around Hollywood is paying attention, and for his next film, the director may be working with one of the respected actresses in the game.

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