Now that it's been a little over two months since Fast & Furious 6 came out and conquered the world (literally: the film has grossed over $700 million, with international revenue comprising almost two-thirds) the focus has shifted towards the next installment in the series. Last week, we learned that the movie won't have Denzel Washington. Now, Variety reports that negotiations have begun with Ronda Rousey to bring the UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion aboard.
Rousey is already slated to appear in The Expendables 3 with Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Harrison Ford, Jason Statham, Wesley Snipes, Mel Gibson, Jackie Chan, Jet Li, and Steven Seagal; if she does end up joining Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, and The Rock in Fast 7, she will have starred alongside virtually every action star of the past 30 years, plus Paul Walker.
Of course, not everyone is pleased with the news that Rousey might follow Gina Carano's MMA Fighting → ESPN the Magazine Body Issue cover → Hollywood action starlet trajectory. Earlier this year, upon learning that Rousey was supposedly considering a role in a Hunger Games film, UFC head Dana White said:
"I don’t want to take away any opportunities from Ronda, but at the same time, her window of opportunity as a professional athlete is really narrow. She could make a zillion movies when she retires."
A zillion ordinary movies, sure, but how many more chances could Rousey conceivably have in the Fast and the Furious franchise? Probably no more than 10 or 12.
[H/TLarry Brown Sports