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“Vin Diesel said No, I don’t want him”: Jean-Claude Van Damme Can Never Make His Fast and Furious Debut Without the Approval of Vin Diesel

Vin Diesel is in charge of the Fast family! Jean-Claude Van Damme expressed interest in a role in the Fast & Furious franchise, but Vin Diesel declined it.

"Vin Diesel said No, I don't want him": Jean-Claude Van Damme Can Never Make His Fast and Furious Debut Without the Approval of Vin Diesel

SUMMARY

  • Jean-Claude Van Damme had once approached the Fast & Furious franchise for a role.
  • Jean-Claude Van Damme revealed that the franchise wanted him for a role but Vin Diesel denied the casting for reasons unknown.
  • Diesel sparked the rumors that Tom Cruise could potentially appear in the franchise.

Vin Diesel has been the creator of the Fast family ever since the franchise’s inception in 2001. With his iconic character, Dominic Toretto, constantly choosing family every time and giving his all, Diesel is also in control of who can be a part of his Fast family.

As per a report, veteran actor Jean-Claude Van Damme had once approached the Fast & Furious franchise for a role. Although the producers had no problem with it, Van Damme alleged that it was Vin Diesel who refused the actor to join his franchise!

Vin Diesel in Fast X
Vin Diesel in Fast X

When Vin Diesel Refused Jean-Claude Van Damme

Known for movies like Bloodsport, Lionheart, and, The Expendables 2, Jean-Claude Van Damme is considered a veteran actor the likes of Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Finding fame and success, Van Damme approached the Fast & Furious franchise for a role.

Jean-Claude Van Damme
Jean-Claude Van Damme

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In an interview with The TelegraphJean-Claude Van Damme revealed that the iconic franchise wanted him for a role but Vin Diesel denied the casting for reasons unknown. Rumors suggest that Diesel wanted all the spotlight on himself but nothing can be confirmed or denied.

“They want me in Fast and Furious. But Vin Diesel said, ‘No, I don’t want him.’”

Well, it seems that Vin Diesel has plans for the franchise involving other actors since rumors of Hollywood hotshot Tom Cruise, joining the franchise are circulating on the internet. As for the Riddick actor, he hasn’t accepted or denied the rumors!

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(L-R) Ludacris, Tom Cruise, and Vin Diesel at the Formula 1 Grand Prix in Miami
(L-R) Ludacris, Tom Cruise, and Vin Diesel at the Formula 1 Grand Prix in Miami

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Back at the Grand Prix in Miami this year, the Top Gun: Maverick actor was seen hanging out with Vin Diesel and Ludacris. In a later interview (via Extra), Diesel sparked the rumors that Tom Cruise could potentially appear in the franchise!

“Terri, come on. This is too hot. It’s too hot for the press. It’s sizzling, I tell you.”

In another interview by Access Hollywood, Diesel’s co-star Charlize Theron talked about how Cruise should indeed join the franchise and that he cannot say no to the fans!

“It should happen. I mean, why not? I mean, was there an invite sent? Like, I mean, send him an invite. [Interviewer: I mean, the fans are sending an invite.] Well then, he can’t say no. And it’s done. Let’s go!”

Although it isn’t clear whether Tom Cruise will be joining the franchise or not as fans can only hope for a positive outcome. The Fast family is currently busy working on Fast 11 which is set for a release date of 4th April 2025 in the U.S.

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Written by Visarg

Visarg Acharya joined FandomWire in 2022 as a Content Writer. Along with a penchant for writing, Visarg claims that words are the only true language made for him. Currently pursuing his B.Sc in Physics, the combination of Physics and Marvel make up for an interesting talk. Visarg Acharya has authored over 500 articles and reads books in his spare time along with an occasional series to accompany him.