Date: 23rd August 2002

Vin Diesel turned down Fast and the Furious 2

Cole Hauser is in talks to play the lead villain in the sequel to The Fast and the Furious.
Vin Diesel turned down the role, saying he didn't think the sequel was a good idea.

James Remar from Sex And The City is also in final negotiations to join the cast.
Hauser played Billy McBride in Good Will Hunting.
Model Devon Aoki will play a street racer in The Fast and the Furious 2.

Michelle Rodriguez and Jordana Brewster will not be reprising their roles, and neither will Ja Rule, who opted out of reprising what would've been the expanded role of Edwin.

Production will begin in the autumn in Miami.

Source: Press Release