BURBANK, Ca. – Canadian pop star Justin Bieber is reportedly in the final stages of negotiations with Legendary Pictures, a production company associated with The Fast and The Furious movie franchise. Sources involved with the franchise say Bieber will take on the role of Brian O’Conner, the movie’s lead protagonist. The role was previously held by actor Paul Walker until his tragic death in November of 2013.
“Justin Bieber has more than proved himself as an artist; now he’s ready to prove himself as an actor,” Bieber’s agent, Ken Masters told TMZ. “He has an incredible stage presence which will show itself on the big screen.”
During a phone interview with this reporter, Vin Diesel, a Fast and Furious veteran, said when he heard Bieber was considering the role he was ecstatic. “When I look at Justin, I see a young Paul Walker.”
Bieber is a long time fan of the Fast and Furious movies and personally owns a wide variety of high end luxury and performance cars, including some that appear in the films. “He’s perfect for this role,” Masters told TMZ. “He was made for it.”
Diesel echoed the agent’s sentiments, saying, “Anyone who isn’t already a fan of Justin Bieber will be a Belieber by the end of this movie.”