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Johnson done with Fast franchise; “Laughed hard” over Diesel’s comments

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Johnson done with Fast franchise; “Laughed hard” over Diesel’s comments
July 21, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling

It would appear that Dwayne Johnson views his much-publicized Fast feud with Vin Diesel a bit differently than the Dominic Toretto actor following Diesel’s comments during an interview with “Men’s Health” back in June about his interpretation of how things went down between the two.

If you recall, Diesel was asked about the feud last month while promoting Fast 9 and the actor implied that the “feud” was actually a technique to elicit a better acting performance from the former pro wrestler. Diesel said at the time, “I could give a lot of tough love. Not Felliniesque, but I would do anything I’d have to do in order to get performances in anything I’m producing.” 

Fast Forward to now. Dwayne Johnson is out promoting Jungle Cruise with his co-star Emily Blunt and during an interview with “The Hollywood Reporter“, Johnson was asked what he thought about Diesel’s comments, and here is where he had to say:

“I laughed and I laughed hard. I think everyone had a laugh at that. And I’ll leave it at that. And that I’ve wished them well. I wish them well on Fast 9. And I wish them the best of luck on Fast 10 and Fast 11 and the rest of the Fast & Furious movies they do that will be without me.”

Perhaps the best part about this exchange is that Emily Blunt is sitting in on this interview and it’s clear that the actress and Johnson have become great friends since doing Jungle Cruise and heading out to promote. Even Blunt chimes in by sarcastically saying, “Just thank God he was there. Thank God. He carried you through that.” 

The feud between Johnson and Diesel went public when Johnson posted to his Instagram page about the professionalism of the Fate of the Furious crew and his female co-stars while stating some of the men were “candy asses” who didn’t act like “true professionals.” It was later reported that his issues were with Diesel and Johnson later confirmed that they shot very few scenes together in Fate of the Furious due to rift. It seemed like fences were mended when Johnson posted on Instagram back in 2019 after the success of the Fast & Furious spin-off, Hobbs & Shaw. It would appear that Diesel’s recent comments were a bit of a headscratcher to Johnson.

Diesel has previously stated that Johnson’s character Hobbs was a “tough character to embody” and that it took a lot of work to get the actor to play him as Diesel wanted. Diesel said, “As a producer to say, ‘Okay, we’re going to take Dwayne Johnson, who’s associated with wrestling, and wer’e going to force this cinematic world, audience members, to regard his character as someone that they don’t know. That’s something that I’m proud of, that aesthetic. That took a lot of work. We had to get there and sometimes, at that time, I could give a lot of tough love.”

Does this mean Dwayne Johnson won’t be in Fast 10 or Fast 11? Johnson and Tyrese finally start getting along and now Diesel has to go and think he’s running some kind of acting school on the Fast & Furious set. I’m poking fun here but it seems like Diesel’s perception of the matter is far different from Johnson’s but I guess it’s best that he just laughed at it because he probably thinks the whole thing is just ridiculous.

What are yOUR thoughts on Dwayne Johnson’s comments regarding Vin Diesel’s perception of their Fast & Furious feud?

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Hollywood Reporter

Fast & Furious: Vin Diesel wants Rita Moreno to join the franchise

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Fast & Furious: Vin Diesel wants Rita Moreno to join the franchise
June 29, 2021 by: Kevin Fraser

Over the course of the past twenty years, the Fast & Furious franchise has expanded beyond anyone’s wildest expectations, and with just two more films to go before the Fast Saga wraps up, it’s hard to say just how big it will get before the end. One way the franchise might get bigger is by adding EGOT-winner Rita Moreno to the cast. Pardon?

RELATED: F9: The Fast Saga zooms to a big opening at the weekend box office!

With the recently released F9 diving more into the Toretto family history by introducing Dom’s (Vin Diesel) long-long brother, Jakob (John Cena), the final two installments might just introduce a few more members of the Toretto family. While speaking with Variety, Vin Diesel said that director Justin Lin and himself have been talking a lot about introducing Dom’s mother, but before they get to that point, they want to bring Dom’s grandmother on board and are already eying Rita Moreno to play her.

We’ve been talking a lot about Mrs. Toretto, from the very beginning of [me] coming back for ‘F9’. So, I feel like there’s gonna be a time and place to be able to reveal that. [But] before we get to Mother Toretto, we will get to Abuela. And the person that I’m so excited to talk about that role is Rita Moreno.

Variety reached out to Rita Moreno about possibly joining the Fast & Furious franchise, and she definitely seems open to the idea. “I’m waiting for his call,” Moreno said. “I think it’s a fabulous idea. I hope he puts me in black leather…” Rita Moreno isn’t the only award-winning actress that Diesel is hoping to add to the franchise, as he’s previously spoken about plans for Michael Caine to join the fun. F9 is now playing in theaters, so check out reviews from our own JimmyO and Chris Bumbray, and let us know what you thought as well. As for Rita Moreno, she will next be seen in Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of West Side Story, which will hit theaters on December 10, 2021.

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Variety

Sung Kang thinks Fast fans should campaign to bring Gal Gadot back as Gisele

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Sung Kang thinks Fast fans should campaign to bring Gal Gadot back as Gisele
June 26, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling

We had #JusticeForHan, which ultimately resulted in Sung Kang returning as the character in Fast 9 after seemingly being killed off, and now the actor is suggesting fans should start a similar campaign to bring Gal Gadot back as Gisele.

During an interview with CinePop, Kang was asked if Fast & Furious would ever bring back Gisele, even though she also perished at the end of Fast and Furious 6. Speaking on the matter, Kang said, “Well, hey, anything is possible. If you guys start a hashtag ‘Bring back Gisele,’ it’s very possible.” Right after this declaration, however, Kang acknowledged that Gadot “is a little busy right now, she’s saving the world.” This is a reference to Gadot breaking out in a big way after she exited the Fast franchise when she landed the role of Wonder Woman.

Much like Sung Kang’s Han, Gal Gadot’s Gisele became an instant fan favorite. Gadot not only made her debut as Gisele in 2009’s Fast & Furious, but it was also her big-screen debut as an actress. The character returned in Fast Five in an expanded role as part of Dom’s (Vin Diesel) crew and her relationship with Han began to become more than platonic. The character returned in Fast & Furious 6 but she died during the climax of the film. We also thought Han died too at the hands of Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) and here we are with the character alive and well and once again a part of the crew. 

While anything is possible, I think Gadot is a bit too busy to return even if she wanted to. The actress has never bad-mouthed her time on any of those films but she has expressed about only wanting to move forward and not looking back. No matter how big #BringBackGisele might get, it would ultimately come down to if Gadot actually wants to come back. Perhaps if the payday was substantial enough she would find a way to justify how she survived Fast & Furious 6 and we hardcore fans will accept whatever reason they give us.

Do YOU think Gal Gadot should return as Gisele?

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CinePop

F9: Post-credit scene explained by director Justin Lin

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F9: Post-credit scene explained by director Justin Lin
June 25, 2021 by: Kevin Fraser

MAJOR SPOILERS for F9. Consider yourself warned. After several delays, F9 has finally hit theaters, bringing the whole gang back for another physics defying adventure full of over-the-top action and flying cars. Like many blockbusters these days, F9 does include a post-credits scene, and director Justin Lin spoke about the scene with Games Radar.

RELATED: F9 – The Fast Saga: What did you think?

The post-credit scene opens with Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) training with an oddly shaped punching bag, only to unzip it to reveal a battered man who he’s interrogating. At that moment, Shaw goes to answer a knock at the door and opens it to find… Han (Sung Kang), the man he thought he had killed.

Although Han was supposedly killed in his first appearance in The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, the franchise pulled some strings with the timeline in order to keep the character in the franchise a little while longer. During the post-credit scene in Fast & Furious 6, it was revealed that Deckard Shaw was the one who killed Han as the opening salvo of his revenge against the team. Obviously, Han didn’t really die and it’s revealed in F9 that Mr. Nobody (Kurt Russell) faked Han’s death. There wasn’t always a plan to bring Han back into the Fast & Furious family, but fans began campaigning for #JusticeforHan when Deckard Shaw was embraced as a part of the family a mere film after trying to kill all of them.

“When I found out, I was equally baffled,” Justin Lin told Games Radar. “I will run into fans and they’re like ‘Justice for [Gal Gadot’s character] Giselle’ and I’m like, ‘Well, no.’ Justice for Han is not bringing back a character you like, it was that the treatment of the character was not right. Justice for Han is not something you serve as just by bringing him back for one film, it’s how we treat Han and all our characters from this point on out. And so, it just felt very organic that, with the real estate that we had, at some point, I do want to see him face to face with Shaw.” Bringing Han face-to-face with his “killer” is something the fans have wanted to see, and it’s likely that we’ll see the aftermath of that play out in the final two films. As Justin Lin was the one who brought Jason Statham onboard in the sixth film (his final one up until F9), he was excited to bring him back for another post-credit sequence. “It was a great call with Jason,” Lin said. “He’s like, ‘Hey man, you called me the last time to do the tag. I did it and you left. This time, you’re not gonna leave? Right?’ It was a great moment of connection for me.”

RELATED: Fast & Furious becomes the fifth-biggest franchise at the global box office

The official synopsis for F9:

Vin Diesel’s Dom Toretto is leading a quiet life off the grid with Letty and his son, little Brian, but they know that danger always lurks just over their peaceful horizon. This time, that threat will force Dom to confront the sins of his past if he’s going to save those he loves most. His crew joins together to stop a world-shattering plot led by the most skilled assassin and high-performance driver they’ve ever encountered: a man who also happens to be Dom’s forsaken brother, Jakob (John Cena).

F9 is now playing in theaters, so check out reviews from our own JimmyO and Chris Bumbray, and let us know what you thought as well.

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Games Radar

Fast & Furious becomes the fifth-biggest franchise at the global box office

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Fast & Furious becomes the fifth-biggest franchise at the global box office
June 24, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling

As we prepare for Fast 9 to race into domestic cinemas this Friday, the film has already pulled in some serious coin overseas. The film is nearing the $300 million mark internationally, with $203 million of that haul coming from China alone and now its recent box office feats have allowed the franchise to land on a new ranking on the global box office chart.

According to “Variety”, the Fast franchise has now surpassed the X-Men series to become the fifth-biggest property at the global box office with a current total of $6.2 billion across ten films. The Fast Saga now ranks next after Marvel, Harry Potter, James Bond, and Star Wars in terms of box office revenues. Making what the Fast franchise has accomplished a truly remarkable feat is that most of these other franchises are based on established IP. The Fast saga doesn’t have a comic book or novels to fall back on with an established fanbase. This all began with a street racing film 20 years ago that cost $38 million to make and now the franchise has reached global box office heights that no one could ever imagine.

The first film, released in 2001, grossed $206.4 million worldwide while the low point for the franchise came with the third film, Tokyo Drift, which grossed $157.7 million globally. Once the original cast was brought back for 2009’s Fast & Furious, that is when things truly took off. By Fast Five, which brought Dwayne Johnson to the franchise, the worldwide total for that film hit $630.1 million. From there the worldwide grosses kept increasing. Fast & Furious 6 grossed $789.3 million worldwide and Furious 7, which had to deal with the death of Paul Walker, shot things into the stratosphere with a total of $1.51 billion. Furious 7 remains not just the highest-grossing entry of this franchise, but one of the biggest movies in history. The Fate of the Furious came down a bit with $1.23 billion but with grosses like that, no one is complaining. Hell, even spinoff Hobbs & Shaw grossed $760.3 million worldwide. If you’re wondering why they keep making these, the proof is in the numbers.

The news of The Fast Saga’s new box office milestone comes as it heads into its opening in the U.S. Box office tracking has the film opening between $50-60 million while others are predicting a start of $70 million+ due to strong presales and moviegoers wanting to go see a true blockbuster on the big screen after being withheld from that experience for over a year due to the pandemic. Universal Pictures is keenly aware that, despite huge box office markets like Los Angeles and New York City being 100% open with no capacity limits, the same cannot be said for other locations such as Canada, which does cut into the potential financial take of the ninth film of the franchise. That being said, Fast 9 is performing well in these pandemic-influenced times and it’s more than likely that the film will have the biggest opening of the pandemic box office. Currently, A Quiet Place Part II holds that distinction with a $48 million opening over its first three days and $58 million through the Memorial Day weekend. That film has grossed a pandemic best of $127.7 million to date in the States with a global take that has topped $224 million so far.

Are YOU surprised by The Fast Saga’s global box office rank?

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Variety

F9: Helen Mirren on the thrill of finally getting behind the wheel

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F9: Helen Mirren on the thrill of finally getting behind the wheel
June 23, 2021 by: Kevin Fraser

Over six years ago, Helen Mirren revealed that her great ambition was to be in a Fast & Furious movie and do some driving. The iconic actress got her chance when she appeared in The Fate of the Furious as Magdalene “Queenie” Shaw, and she went on to reprise the role in Hobbs & Shaw. Although Mirren had fulfilled her goal of appearing in the franchise, she wasn’t able to get behind the wheel, but that’s all set to change with F9.

RELATED: F9: The Fast Saga Review

Helen Mirren will be showing off her slick driving skills in the upcoming Fast & Furious sequel, but she had to do so alongside Vin Diesel, which she told Entertainment Weekly was a slightly intimidating experience.

I have to say, it was slightly intimidating. Although Vin is so generous and kind, but it was a little bit intimidating because those guys are so experienced at what they do. They know it, and it’s all a bit new to me, the technicality of it. Not the driving part, but the filming of the driving. But you’re in very safe and loving hands when you’re in a Fast & Furious. It was just great to be in a very small space with Vin Diesel for quite a long time. I just loved every minute. It was great, hearing that beautiful, soft brown velvet voice really, really close, because we were squished together. Oh, I just so love his voice. He’s got the best voice ever.

Mirren told EW that she “whined, moaned, cried, sniffled” and was generally annoying in her campaign for the chance to put the pedal to the metal for the film. “And so the creators of the series very, very kindly finally put me behind the wheel, where I’ve been longing to be,” Mirren said. The actress also seems keen to return for more installments of the series, and now that she has a little driving under her belt, she’s ready to do some stunt work. “I love stunts,” Mirren said. “And I do as many as my stunts that I physically can. I love flying, for example, when they haul you up on a rope and you’re flying. It’s fantastic. So yeah, something to do with flying would be great, where I sort of come out of a window or something and fly through the air.”

RELATED: F9: Vin Diesel blames “tough love” for Dwayne Johnson feud

Helen Mirren also commented on something Vin Diesel teased earlier this year when he said he that he had an idea for how Michael Caine could join the franchise and share some scenes with Mirren. Although the actress wasn’t aware of the idea, she thought it was great. “That would be absolutely genius,” Mirren said. “My mum was a very East End working-class woman, and Michael absolutely comes from that world as well. And I have worked with Michael before, actually quite a long time ago. We were in the same film together and he played my husband who passed away during the film.” As for who Michael Caine could play, Mirren said that the film’s haven’t introduced “Papa Shaw” yet, but when they do, he’s “going to be terrifying.”

The official synopsis for F9:

Vin Diesel’s Dom Toretto is leading a quiet life off the grid with Letty and his son, little Brian, but they know that danger always lurks just over their peaceful horizon. This time, that threat will force Dom to confront the sins of his past if he’s going to save those he loves most. His crew joins together to stop a world-shattering plot led by the most skilled assassin and high-performance driver they’ve ever encountered: a man who also happens to be Dom’s forsaken brother, Jakob (John Cena).

F9 will hit theaters on June 25, 2021, and you can check out a review of F9 from our own JimmyO right here and Chris Bumbray right here.

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Entertainment Weekly

F9: The Fast Saga Review

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F9: The Fast Saga Review
F9: The Fast Saga Review

June 23, 2021 by: Chris Bumbray

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PLOT: Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) can’t outrun the past when his long-lost brother, Jakob (John Cena) reenters the picture. Now one of the world’s most dangerous mercenaries, he breaks Cypher (Charlize Theron) out of the clutches of Mr. Nobody (Kurt Russell) to help him steal a device called Ares, which will let him hack into any computer system in the world.

REVIEW: A few weeks ago, our critic Jimmy O broke my heart when he gave F9 a lukewarm review. Could it be that a Fast & Furious movie was anything other than amazing??? Impossible! I was somewhat soothed by Jimmy when he admitted to me that he hadn’t loved every installment, so a glimmer of hope remained in the dark void that is my heart. Having seen the movie, I’ll say this – F9 comes close to being too over the top, even for an installment in The Fast Saga (as Universal is still calling it), but that said, I still loved it. Back in the day, they used to say a series jumped the shark when it got too crazy, but I doubt director Justin Lin and company would ever pay any mind to that adage. If there ever were a shark in one of these movies, Tyrese would probably end up riding it like a motorcycle. Heck, the shark would probably even become part of the crew…

In a lot of ways, F9: THE FAST SAGA is a bold move by Lin, in that they take things so far that it wouldn’t surprise me if the next film is straight-up sci-fi, as they straddle that line throughout. Several times in the film, Tyrese’s Roman tells the crew that he thinks they may all be invincible, as, despite their insane adventures, he’s never so much as gotten a scratch. He’s on to something as essentially they’re all superheroes at this point, and you either go with it, or you don’t.

Fast 9 attempts to be The Godfather Part II of the saga, with lots of flashbacks peppered throughout to explain Dom’s early years and how he and Jakob wound up estranged. It all relates to the story he told Brian in the first movie about how he almost beat a man to death after his father died in a race. You see that race here, with the young Dom played by an uncanny Vinnie Bennett.

It’s a lot of fun and not a bad way to dig into Jakob’s backstory, with him so obsessed with escaping Dom’s shadow he’s tried to one-up him at every turn. Cena plays him as a character pretty similar to Jason Statham’s Shaw, who’s MIA this time (although his mom shows up – once again played by Helen Mirren). The relationship works, and Diesel and Cena have good chemistry in that their styles of acting aren’t dissimilar.

Most of the crew returns, although the film suffers from the absence of Dwayne Johnson, who at one point had a nice push-and-pull vibe with Diesel, although they hate each other so much now even in F8, they shot them separately. I wouldn’t hold my breath for Shaw’s return outside of a Hobbs & Shaw 2. Jordana Brewster makes a welcome return to the series, although the excuses they keep finding to write Brian out are silly (there’s no way Brian – if he still existed – would let the mother of his children go off on a life and death mission while he chills at home with the kids).

Michelle Rodriguez, in a lot of ways, picks up the slack now that Johnson’s out of the picture, with her, essentially elevated to the second lead. Bringing her back from the dead in Fast & Furious 6 was probably one of the smarter creative decisions they made, as she and Diesel do pair up well. Once again, Tyrese and Ludacris essentially steal the movie as their adventures get even crazier. I like how Tyrese has become the comic relief, and they have fun with his new belief in the movie that he might actually be invincible. Nathalie Emmanuel finally gets to do a little driving, this time in one of the many chases, and seems to have a ball.

Of course, Sung Kang is back, and – for the sake of avoiding spoilers, I’m not going to go into his role here. That said, his return is welcome, and the way they resurrected him – well – sure. It’s fine. I’m glad he’s back. Theron only has a few scenes this time, with Cena getting most of the screen time as the baddie, and it’s cool to see Tokyo Drift’s Lucas Black, Bow Wow, and Jason Tobin come back in sizeable roles (I hope they get worked into the crew from here on out).

Of course, the usual criticisms of the series still stand – with the chases so over the top, they’re not even slightly believable, with CGI lending a huge helping hand in everything from the chases to the stunts to the fights. John Wick and Mission: Impossible this ain’t – but at this point, Fast & Furious is its own thing, so you either go with it or you don’t.

And, of course, the whole thing is anchored by Vin Diesel, who – I have to say – you need if you’re going to do a Fast & Furious movie nowadays. Hobbs & Shaw was fun, but it suffered from a lack of Vin, as silly as he can sometimes be. If I don’t hear his gravel voice talk about family at least once, well, then it just isn’t the same (I’d wager only Tokyo Drift managed to pull it off). I unabashedly love these movies, and I’m happy that I got not only to see it – but see it in theaters!

CHECK OUT JIMMY O’s VIDEO REVIEW BELOW!

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The Fast and the Furious: Universal celebrates 20 years of the Fast saga

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The Fast and the Furious: Universal celebrates 20 years of the Fast saga
June 22, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling

On June 22, 2001, THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS raced onto the big screen and surprised everyone following its instant success. I don’t think anyone saw it coming that a film based on a “Vibe Magazine” article titled “Racer X”, written by Ken Li, would make much of an impression and it’s highly doubtful that it could be predicted that it would be the beginning of a franchise that has grossed $5.1 billion+ worldwide to date across 8 films. Fast & Furious 9 has only added to that number with an overseas total approaching $300 million before its domestic release this Friday on June 25, 2021. A new 60-second spot, which details where it all began and where it’s headed now, celebrates 20 years of one of the biggest franchises in the world.

Before becoming The Avengers of the car industry, The Fast and the Furious was grounded on a more realistic level. Ken Li’s “Racer X” article, which detailed the illegal street racing circuit operating within New York City, provided the framework for the story but the film probably owes a bit more of a debt to 1991’s Point Break. In that film, Johnny Utah (Keanu Reeves) goes undercover to catch a gang of surfers who may be bank robbers. In The Fast and the Furious, Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker) is an undercover cop tasked with discovering the identities of a group of unknown automobile hijackers led by Dominic Torretto (Vin Diesel). Walker had the same likable surfer-boy charm that made Reeves an unlikely action star and Diesel’s Torretto essentially takes on the role of Patrick Swayze’s Bodhi in Point Break. This is not a slight against The Fast and the Furious. Calling the film “Point Break with cars” never felt like an insult to me. Every generation has a film that pays some kind of homage to a film that came before it as it’s embraced by a new audience. Having being 15-years-old when I saw The Fast and the Furious on opening night 20 years ago, I’d proudly call it the Point Break of my generation.

The first film received mixed reviews from critics upon release, scoring a 53% on Rotten Tomatoes. There was also some indication in the industry that the film would get lost in the summer shuffle of 2001. Sometimes what the demographic wants isn’t entirely obvious. I remember there was legit excitement from my friends to see it and I ended up going with a friend first to catch on opening night before seeing it again with a bigger group of friends. Across 20 years and eight films, that friend and I have seen each one on opening night and it’s a tradition that will continue when the ninth installment opens Friday. Coming out into its opening weekend back in 2001, Doctor Doolittle 2 opened during the same timeframe and it was expected to dominate the box office while The Fast and the Furious was expected to be a minor hit at best. Media outlets did not expect to wake up Monday morning and not only report that The Fast and the Furious was the number one movie in America, but that it also already exceeded its $38 million budget with its better than expected $40 million debut. By the end of its run, the film had grossed $144.5 million domestically and $207.2 million worldwide, which seems like chump change now compared to what the films are grossing now.

Do You think the group of actors in the above photo saw any of this coming? I think that’s why the Fast saga has endured this long. It really didn’t follow the exact blueprint of what makes a successful franchise. Hell, by the time The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift was released in 2006 and became the lowest-grossing film of the franchise, it seemed like that would be all she wrote. 2009’s Fast & Furious made the wise decision of bringing the principal cast of Paul Walker, Vin Diesel, Jordana Brewster, and Michelle Rodriguez back into the fold after some of them were absent from the previous sequels. The concept of the “Fast Family” really starts here and this is when the franchise began to scale unheard of box office heights with the release of each sequel that followed. Action set pieces became bigger and a bit more unrealistic but it was all grounded by an ensemble cast that we began riding with back in 2001. That is the heart of the franchise. The overtop action is merely an added bonus to provide moviegoers with some much-needed popcorn entertainment. That concept of family got the cast through tragedy (the untimely passing of Paul Walker before he could finish Furious 7) and little squabbles amongst the cast that naturally happens when you’re so close (the now patched up rift between Dwayne Johnson, Vin Diesel, and Tyrese Gibson). As the main franchise preps to wrap up with two more films, it feels like the fan response to this franchise is stronger than ever and shows no sign of slowing down after 20 years.

Universal Pictures is planning a lot throughout the day to celebrate the 20th anniversary of The Fast and the Furious and a lot of it can be found on social media by following the hashtag #Fast20Anniversary following the @TheFastSaga page. Also, if you want to catch the first film on the big screen again, Cinemark Theatres will screen the movie at over 300 screens nationwide. Tickets are available now! Lastly, in partnership with Facebook, The Fast Saga page launched a first-of-its-kind “second screen” chat experience exclusively for Messenger along with a custom 360-degree background and chat theme (also available on Instagram). This interactive experience answers movie watchers’ burning questions and offers never-before-seen photos in real-time as they’re streaming their favorite Fast Saga films. Check it out by visiting The Fast Saga Facebook page and clicking “Send Message” to start.

What are YOUR memories of The Fast and the Furious as it celebrates its 20th Anniversary?

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Fast & Furious: Vin Diesel confirms Cardi B is returning for Fast 10

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Fast & Furious: Vin Diesel confirms Cardi B is returning for Fast 10
June 22, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling

It looks like Cardi B is sticking with the Fast family. The rapper and sometimes-actress has a cameo role in Fast & Furious 9 and Vin Diesel has confirmed that will expand into a larger role when Cardi B returns in Fast 10.

Diesel confirmed the news of Cardi B’s return during a chat with Entertainment Tonight. Diesel said, “We are very much excited to evolve her character and to expand it to the finale. She made it just in time. She came in Fast 9 just in time.” Cardi B appears in Fast 9 as a character named Leysa, who has a connection to Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto. The rapper actually hinted at her Fast 10 role in an interview from the set of Fast 9:

“Well, my management said Vin Diesel reached out and was talking about a role that on the next Fast & Furious would become a bigger role, and I’m like, ‘Ahhhh, why not?'”

Cardi B’s most notable big-screen appearance was in 2019’s Hustlers. Cardi B has a handful of scenes in that film and was actually pretty decent in it. She went on to explain how the Fast crew lured into the ninth film by saying “I was a little over doing short appearances in films, and I’m like, ‘it’s frickin’ Fast & Furious,’ so I was like, ‘Get me there. Put me on a plane.'”

Something about this just feels right and I’m here for it. How many movies can say they have Helen Mirren and Cardi B? It’s a beautiful distinction that just adds to the reasons I love this franchise. 

Are YOU excited that Cardi B is returning? Fast & Furious 9 hits screen this Friday, June 25, 2021.

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Entertainment Tonight

Fast & Furious: Vin Diesel says Paul Walker’s daughter could join Fast films

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Fast & Furious: Vin Diesel says Paul Walker’s daughter could join Fast films
June 21, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling

The Fast and The Furious franchise is all about family and that narrative hit home in a very emotional way after the untimely passing of franchise star, Paul Walker. The actor died in a tragic car accident before he could finish filming Furious 7 but the actor’s family came together with the Fast family to complete the film and give a fitting tribute to Paul Walker and his character Brian O’Conner. Walker’s character continues to be honored in the franchise as his spirit is still very much with the crew that comes together to keep this franchise alive. Now Vin Diesel is hinting that the franchise may welcome a legacy in Paul Walker’s daughter in the future installments.

While promoting Fast & Furious 9, Diesel was being interviewed by E! News when he was asked about the continued legacy of Paul Walk in the franchise. Diesel recounted the tragedy of Walker’s death and the mourning period that everyone went through in the wake of his passing by saying, “the studio accepted a bold decision, which was to allow the character to exist in our mythology.” Following this statement, the subject of Meadow Walker, Paul’s daughter, potentially joining the franchise was brought up, and while Diesel was a bit hesitant to answer, he did eventually muster up a response by saying “I would not count anything out. Let me just, without giving you all of the secrets of Fast 10, let’s just say, nothing’s ruled out.”

Diesel’s initial hesitation to answer is understandable considering Meadow is his goddaughter and he’s VERY protective of the Walker family. If you follow the Fast family on Instagram and some of the Walker family, they consistently express being family that doesn’t need to be connected by blood. This underlying sense of genuine family connections has been one of the main reasons the franchise has continued to thrive. True fans of the series can feel it and it resonates. If Meadow was to get involved, it wouldn’t be the first time the extended Walker family got involved with the franchise. Paul’s brothers, Cody and Caleb Walker stepped in as stand-ins for their late brother on Furious 7 so his remaining scenes could be completed. The family’s blessing was the driving force in getting Furious 7 completed in a timely manner and both brothers have expressed how finishing that film helped them positively grieve for Paul.

Meadow doesn’t have any acting credits but she is a model who is pretty active on Instagram. At the end of the day, it will be up to her if she wants to pop in to pay some kind of tribute to her father but with the entire Fast family behind her, I’m sure she will feel 100% comfortable if she ever wants to leave more of the Walker legacy on the franchise.

Would YOU like to see Meadow Walker make an appearance in a future Fast film?

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Fast & Furious: Justin Lin says Hobbs & Shaw could return in Fast 10

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Fast & Furious: Justin Lin says Hobbs & Shaw could return in Fast 10
June 18, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling

Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham are sitting out of Fast & Furious 9 as Luke Hobbs and Deckard Shaw but director Justin Lin says there is a strong chance they could both return to the main franchise in Fast & Furious 10. 

Dwayne Johnson became a franchise mainstay in what is arguably the best sequel of the bunch, Fast Five. Johnson went on to appear in the next three installments before heading over to the Fast spin-off, Hobbs & Shaw. He was joined by Jason Statham’s Deckard Shaw, who entered the franchise during a cameo in Fast & Furious 6 before going on to be the main villain in Furious 7 followed by some character redemption in The Fate of the Furious. Both actors are missing in action in Fast 9 but, during a chat with “CinemaBlend“, director Justin Lin was asked if he would bring back Hobbs & Shaw for Fast & Furious 10? While Lin didn’t give a definitive answer, he did admit that he doesn’t believe either character is gone for good. Here is what he had to say:

“I think that’s always been our approach… So many of the conversations I have is about characters that are not even in there, but are still, obviously, they are living and breathing in this universe. On this one, when I came back, I was thinking a lot about Hobbs and Shaw, and all of the other characters. I never think of them as being gone, for sure.”

There have been virtually no plot details revealed about Fast & Furious 10 except that it will conclude the franchise. From what I understand, the film will be split up into two movies that will be shot back-to-back but I’m not too clear on if that’s just considered the tenth film split into two movies or if we’re simply getting a Fast 10 and Fast 11 to wrap up the saga. It’s a multi-billion dollar franchise so they can pretty much go about this any way they want to. I do know that it would be silly not to bring either of these characters back. Vin Diesel did famously have an off-screen feud with Johnson back in 2019 but that has since been resolved, with Johnson publicly thanking his co-star and hinting at a return in the tenth installment. Tyrese Gibson and Johnson also had their beef for a bit when the latter decided to do Hobbs & Shaw before the core group could make another Fast film but that has also recently been squashed. It appears that all is well in the Fast family so bringing this duo back just seems like a matter of time. Plus, I think fans would like to see Deckard Shaw and Sung Kang’s Han come face to face to bring some validation to the #JusticeForHan movement.

Do YOU want to see Hobbs and Shaw return in Fast and Furious 10?

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Fast & Furious: Jordana Brewster & Ludacris talk female-centric spin-off

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Fast & Furious: Jordana Brewster & Ludacris talk female-centric spin-off
June 16, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling

The cast of Fast & Furious 9 has been making the promotional rounds since the film opened early overseas and now they’re continuing their promotional blitz as the film is set for domestic release on June 25, 2021. There has been talk about the next two films being the conclusion of the main saga but there have also been discussions about spinoffs that will keep the Fast franchise going. Hobbs & Shaw has a sequel in development and there is a female-centric spin-off in the works as the ladies take center stage in Fast & Furious 9. While promoting the latest installment, Jordana Brewster and Ludacris are sharing their thoughts on the ladies leading their very own Fast film.

During a Sirius XM Town Hall hosted by Jess Cagle and Julia Cunningham, Jordana Brewster and Ludacris both said they’re ready for the women of the franchise to take control. Ludacris said “The girls need a spin-off. That’s what needs a spin-off. All the bad a**, kick-a** women that are in this film, what’s who deserves it.” Following the Ludacris seal of approval, Brewster gave a more detailed response:

“That would be awesome, I’ve heard those rumors. Yeah, I think that would be incredible. Think about all the people we could bring back, Eva Mendes, Helen Mirren, Charlize Theron, Nathalie Emmanuel, and Michelle Rodriguez. It would be really, really cool. I can’t speak to the discussions but I think it would be awesome so fingers crossed.”

Vin Diesel promised back in 2019 that a “female protagonist driven spin-off” of the Fast & Furious was in some kind of development. The following year, Diesel offered up an update on the project and he said “I’ve created a female spinoff. And that script comes in next month, so we will see.” Since then, we haven’t heard much but there could be a good reason for that. Diesel gave the update in February 2020 and then, the following month, COVID-19 came in like a hurricane and changed everything. Fast & Furious 9 was shifted off its Memorial Day weekend release date in 2020 and we all know what happened after that as the film is finally seeing its release in the U.S. next week. I’m sure the Fast 9 delay put a delay on the final installment which likely pushed back development on the female spin-off.

A female-led spinoff really isn’t a bad idea. The films already have a goldmine of female talent and I’m sure it wouldn’t be hard to add more to a franchise that could possibly be a worldwide phenomenon much like the film series that spawned it. Vin Diesel has been good about keeping his word when it comes to the Fast saga and he clearly wants this idea to move forward. Fast & Furious 9 lets the ladies in on the action more than ever before and that has a lot to do with the persistence of Michelle Rodriguez who didn’t want the women to just be talking heads. Rodriguez wanted all of the women to get their hands dirty while also giving them depth and judging from their high praise of the ninth film, it seems like they all got their wish.

What are YOUR thoughts on a female-centric Fast & Furious spin-off?

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Fast and Furious 10 & 11 will shoot back-to-back, says Tyrese Gibson

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Fast and Furious 10 & 11 will shoot back-to-back, says Tyrese Gibson
June 15, 2021 by: Kevin Fraser

After the release of F9 later this month, the stage will be set for the Fast & Furious franchise to come to an end with two final films. While it remains to be seen how the long-running franchise will wrap up, it seems that the production will be truly massive. While speaking with Collider, Tyrese Gibson said that Fast & Furious 10 and Fast & Furious 11 would be shooting back-to-back.

RELATED: Fast & Furious: John Cena wants a Dwayne Johnson rematch in a future sequel

I have definitely asked some questions about 10 and 11. It has been confirmed we are going to shoot back-to-back and get both in the can. Which is interesting. I’m hearing that we’re going to touch a lot of continents between the two. I cannot say where, but a lot. The higher-ups that are involved in this franchise are specifically aware of the die-hard fans and supporters around the world. We all carry a particular torch of responsibility and knowing there is a beast, and we need to feed that beast and give them what they want, what they love, and what they’re used to.

Given everything the Fast & Furious family have already done in the previous installments, I certainly don’t envy how they plan on topping it with these final two sequels. F9 director Justin Lin will return to helm the last two films, and he told THR in April that he’s been looking at F9 at the first part of a trilogy. “I was thinking of it as one chapter. It became very clear to me that if we were going to do that, we were going to need some real estate,” Lin said. “To the studio’s credit, it was like, ‘Yeah, let’s do it.’ That’s what we’ve been doing since I’ve been back, … processing it as almost like a trilogy as a final chapter.” You can check out a review of F9 from our own JimmyO right here.

RELATED: Paul Walker’s brother thinks he’d love where the Fast franchise is at now

The official synopsis for F9:

Vin Diesel’s Dom Toretto is leading a quiet life off the grid with Letty and his son, little Brian, but they know that danger always lurks just over their peaceful horizon. This time, that threat will force Dom to confront the sins of his past if he’s going to save those he loves most. His crew joins together to stop a world-shattering plot led by the most skilled assassin and high-performance driver they’ve ever encountered: a man who also happens to be Dom’s forsaken brother, Jakob (John Cena).

F9 will hit theaters on June 25, 2021.

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F9 first reactions hail the film as hugely entertaining car-fueled insanity

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F9 first reactions hail the film as hugely entertaining car-fueled insanity
May 18, 2021 by: Kevin Fraser

When The Fast and the Furious premiered twenty years ago, I doubt that many people would have expected the franchise to grow as massive and as outrageous as it has, but over the years, the series has become all the more willing to toss the laws of physics out the window in favour of pure entertainment, and it seems that the latest film is no exception.

RELATED: F9: The Originals featurette drives at top speed down memory lane

The first reactions to F9 have been released and they’re pretty much what I was expecting, painting the film as ridiculously over-the-top action mayhem; whether that’s a good thing or not is up to you, but here’s an assortment of reactions for your reading pleasure.

#F9 is outrageous & one of the biggest, baddest additions to the Fast family franchise. Anything is possible, there are surprises at every turn, the stunts are at their best, & Tyrese steals the whole god damn show. Everything is over-the-top & I loved every second of it. pic.twitter.com/NVzoCbnovy

— Shannon ???????? (@shannon_mcgrew) May 18, 2021

Watched #F9 last night in a movie theater in Los Angeles. Hearing other people laugh around me when some ridiculously over the top action happened was the best part. Thank you science.

And don’t worry, the trailers haven’t spoiled the movie. Fans will have so much fun watching. pic.twitter.com/kRQCeZEk8G

— Steven Weintraub (@colliderfrosty) May 18, 2021

#F9 had me smiling like a straight man at a sportball gathering.

It’s all wink wink, nudge nudge, vroom vroom and I loved. The over-the-top set pieces you want + some old-school F1-2 vibes.

As for #JusticeForHan? There will be takes. But Tokyo Drift heads are in for a treat. pic.twitter.com/aPtTgnDJxF

— Joel Meares (@joelmeares) May 18, 2021

#F9 is a wild ride. It’s now been hours since seeing it and I found myself giggling at the sheer audacity of a few of the big set pieces and some other stuff. It’ll absolutely make you forget your troubles for a few hours.

— Courtney Howard (@Lulamaybelle) May 18, 2021

I’ve seen #F9 and can say it’s a TON OF FUN!! The action feels fresh & innovative, if not necessarily bigger. It weaves in John Cena’s Jakob in a smart way that builds on the theme of family, giving it some real heart. This is ultimate Fast & Furious.

also HAN IS STILL GREAT!!! pic.twitter.com/SfLCBKsypR

— molly freeman (@mollyrockit) May 18, 2021

F9 is ~by far~ the biggest & most ridiculous Fast & Furious yet.

miles from the precision of Fast Five or the fun of Tokyo Drift, but with Justin Lin at the helm it feels like things are finally moving in the right direction. #JusticeForHan

my review: https://t.co/zv9a79Lc0h pic.twitter.com/ZU0nB7PqD4

— david ehrlich (@davidehrlich) May 18, 2021

They totally made the right decision to wait and let us see it together in a theater, because as we know, the exceptional driving and FX need to be enjoyed as big as humanly possible. Plus hearing us all laughing at the audacity filled me with glee. Vroom vroom went my heart.

— Grae Drake (@graedrake) May 18, 2021

The envelope is open, and I can now say that #F9 was AMAZING! Justin Lin’s return is a high ranking entry, w/ satisfying answers to some important ?’s. The action continues to be pure bonkers adrenaline & the story actually gets some exciting depths. Absolute blockbuster bliss. pic.twitter.com/m5I3xyma7e

— Mike Reyes (@MrControversy83) May 18, 2021

I saw #F9 , the 9th Fast & Furious film. While I believe many will enjoy this, I did not whatsoever. It’s overly long, convoluted, and so ridiculously over the top that it borders on being insulting rather than fun & entertaining. This franchise has officially run out of gas. pic.twitter.com/q6XLP9NYKG

— Scott Menzel (@ScottDMenzel) May 18, 2021

My F9 reaction: The Fast movies 4-8 work well because they embrace the ridiculousness. But at some point it’s way too much. The couple of moments to of laughs and charm are totally overwhelmed by the eye rolling nonsense. It’s the worst FF movie to date.

— Giovanni Campea (@johncampea) May 18, 2021

#F9 gets busy (too busy), as it pits #VinDiesel against #JohnCena, and, in its outer-space sequence, flirts with jumping the shark. My @Variety review. https://t.co/9xuGmgmI0J

— Owen Gleiberman (@OwenGleiberman) May 18, 2021

As someone who unabashedly enjoys over-the-top actions movies, I can safely say that I will have an absolute ball with F9 when I’m able to see it, but if you’re not already on board the Fast & Furious train, it doesn’t sound like the latest sequel will win you over.

RELATED: Fast 9: Jordana Brewster & Michelle Rodriguez finally share a scene together

The official synopsis for F9:

Vin Diesel’s Dom Toretto is leading a quiet life off the grid with Letty and his son, little Brian, but they know that danger always lurks just over their peaceful horizon. This time, that threat will force Dom to confront the sins of his past if he’s going to save those he loves most. His crew joins together to stop a world-shattering plot led by the most skilled assassin and high-performance driver they’ve ever encountered: a man who also happens to be Dom’s forsaken brother, Jakob (John Cena).

F9 will hit theaters on June 25, 2021.

Dave Bautista passed on Fast & Furious role to pitch a Gears of War movie

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Dave Bautista passed on Fast & Furious role to pitch a Gears of War movie
May 15, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling

If there is one thing that is certain about Dave Bautista, it’s that he is a man that knows what he wants and no amount of guaranteed box office success will throw him off his career trajectory. To illustrate another example of this, Bautista is revealing that he turned a meeting about taking a role in a Fast & Furious movie into an opportunity to pitch himself for a role in a Gears of War adaptation.

Bautista is currently making the rounds promoting ARMY OF THE DEAD and during a recent interview with “Collider“, he revealed that he was called into a meeting that had to do with him possibly take a role in a Fast & Furious movie but he gradually turned that meeting into pitching his idea for Gears of War:

“I don’t make any pretense about it. I had a chance to get a meeting at WB, they were talking to me about this and that and I said ‘hey, let’s talk about Bane.’ That happened to me one other time in my career. They wanted to talk to me about Fast and the Furious, and I said ‘I’m not interested, let’s talk about [Gears of War character] Marcus Fenix…

Apparently, Bautista has wanted to play Marcus Fenix on the big screen for quite some time. In fact, this isn’t the first time, as you can see from the quote, that Bautista has lobbied for certain parts. Bautista walked into a meeting with Warner Bros. to try to convince them to let him play Bane and he has also expressed interest in taking on the DC character Lobo. Again, this is a man that knows what he wants, and I respect it, although some think he should maybe get out of his own way a bit and be more open to certain opportunities. 

It’s not clear which Fast & Furious movie was up for, nor is it clear which role he would’ve played. The fact that Dwayne Johnson is a part of that franchise may keep Bautista away for good since he has made some choice comments about acting careers coming out of wrestling. It’s clear that Bautista takes himself seriously as an actor and has mentioned on a few occasions that he wouldn’t make some of the film choices that Johnson or even John Cena has made. On the one hand, he has a point. He did end up in the upcoming highly-anticipated update of Dune and he just booked Knives Out 2 but he also did My Spy and I just can’t see that film being on his vision board. 

As for Gears of War, a film version is in development with F. Scott Frazier set to write the screenplay. The plan is to set the movie in an alternate reality from the games but there haven’t been many concrete updates on the project in a while. Since the film is still in development, there is still time for Bautista to plead his case and I’m sure he will because he seems, above all else, very determined.

Do YOU want to see Dave Bautista in a Gears of War movie?

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Fast 9: Jordana Brewster & Michelle Rodriguez finally share a scene together

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Fast 9: Jordana Brewster & Michelle Rodriguez finally share a scene together
May 9, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling

This is some Fast & Furious trivia I wasn’t aware of but Jordana Brewster’s Mia and Michelle Rodriguez’s Letty have never shared a scene together across the whole Fast saga. You would think Dom’s sister would have some interaction with his ride or die but it has never happened. Until now! Jordana Brewster reveals that Fast 9 finally allows the duo to have a scene together.

During a chat with “Insider“, Brewster said that there is some bonding that takes place between Mia and Letty. The topic was brought up when Brewster opened up about how Rodriguez made it her goal to give all of the female characters a bit more power in the film who also relate to each other. Here’s what Brewster had to say:

Michelle [Rodriguez] was like, ‘Dude, we’ve never had a scene together. We’re always secondary with the guys. We don’t interact. We have a sisterhood. We need to explore this.’

Going back to 2001’s The Fast and the Furious, it is crazy that these characters have never shared a moment together. When the original cast came back for Fast & Furious, Letty’s character was “killed off” early in the film so their characters didn’t have a chance to cross paths. Rodriguez wasn’t in Fast Five, the film where Mia sees the most action, and in the next two installments, Brewster’s role is diminished a bit to that of “the girlfriend” or the sister in distress. Brewster also sat out for The Fate of the Furious but it’s nice to know these two will finally have a moment in the new film. Brewster also went on to commend Rodriguez for her diligence in regards to creating a diverse, powerful, and equitable world within the franchise:

“Michelle’s always been very outspoken about not doing anything that isn’t true to character, and that means not placating the guys, that means not playing second fiddle to the guys. I’m really grateful that we got a chance to do that. Hopefully, we’ll continue to explore it because there’s so much to unearth there.”

In Fast 9, “Vin Diesel’s Dom Toretto is leading a quiet life off the grid with Letty and his son, little Brian, but they know that danger always lurks just over their peaceful horizon. This time, that threat will force Dom to confront the sins of his past if he’s going to save those he loves most. His crew joins together to stop a world-shattering plot led by the most skilled assassin and high-performance driver they’ve ever encountered: a man who also happens to be Dom’s forsaken brother, Jakob (John Cena).”

Are YOU surprised these two characters have never shared a scene together in the Fast Saga? Fast & Furious 9 hits screens on June 25, 2021.

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F9 behind-the-scenes featurette offers pure car-nage and twisted metal

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F9 behind-the-scenes featurette offers pure car-nage and twisted metal
May 6, 2021 by: Kevin Fraser

If there’s one thing the Fast & Furious franchise has consistently delivered since day one, it’s thrilling car stunts, and the upcoming F9 looks to continue that trend while taking also it to the next level. Universal Pictures have released a new behind-the-scenes featurette which gives us 90 seconds of pure car-nage and twisted metal as the production destroys cars like they have all the money in the world. We’ve got cars doing barrel rolls, flying through the air, and, of course, plenty of explosions. Check it out!

RELATED: F9: Vin Diesel teases Michael Caine joining the franchise

The official synopsis for F9:

Vin Diesel’s Dom Toretto is leading a quiet life off the grid with Letty and his son, little Brian, but they know that danger always lurks just over their peaceful horizon. This time, that threat will force Dom to confront the sins of his past if he’s going to save those he loves most. His crew joins together to stop a world-shattering plot led by the most skilled assassin and high-performance driver they’ve ever encountered: a man who also happens to be Dom’s forsaken brother, Jakob (John Cena).

F9 will hit theaters on June 25, 2021.

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Fast & Furious: Michelle Rodriguez got rewrites on 1st film to avoid sexism

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Fast & Furious: Michelle Rodriguez got rewrites on 1st film to avoid sexism
May 5, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling

Michelle Rodriguez has proven over her career that she has no time for negative stereotypes. She has always been a performer that speaks her mind, even early in her career after breaking out in 2000’s Girlfight. THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS, released only a year later, was Rodriguez’s first big studio film but that didn’t stop her from insisting on rewrites to make her character more realistic and not a “trophy girlfriend.”

Rodriguez plays Letty in the Fast franchise, the girlfriend of Vin Diesel’s Dominic Torretto. Rodriguez was not content with just being Torretto’s arm piece and in a new oral history published by “Entertainment Weekly“, her co-star Jordana Brewster, who plays Mia in the franchise, remembered how Rodriguez pushed for changes with the character.

“When Michelle Rodrguez read her role, she was like, ‘No, I’m not playing that.’ And then she changed it completely. It went from a trophy girlfriend to this really layered character.”

Rodriguez follows up Brewster’s statement by expanding on the notion that she didn’t want to be “just the girlfriend.” Rodriguez believed that in the world they were creating it wasn’t realistic for the girlfriend not to be Dom’s equal:

“It was a reality check for them to realize that the streets don’t work like that. You don’t just get with a guy because he’s hot. There’s a hierarchy there. Can that hot guy get beat up by who you’re dating? If he can, then you don’t date him, because why would you want to lose the hierarchy? In order to keep it real, I had to school them: ‘I know you guys like Hollywood and all that, but if you want it to be realistic, this is how it really works, and I’m not going to be a slut in front of millions of people, so you’re going to lose me if you don’t change this.’ And they figured it out.”

If you’re thinking that the producers were annoyed with the changes she insisted upon, you’d be wrong. Producer Neal H. Moritz admits that all of the characters in The Fast and the Furious were written by male screenwriters and he welcomed Rodriguez’s perspective on her character. Moritz said, “It was nice to have that female perspective and really try to dive deep. We wanted everybody to be empowered, whether you were white, Black, Hispanic, male, female, didn’t matter to us.”

Rodriguez is also responsible for getting one of Letty’s best moments into a film. When things start going sideways at Race Wars in the film, another character is sneaking up on Dom getting ready to attack him before Letty swiftly knocks him out. Rodriguez says that she fought to have a moment where Letty fights in the film and that was the end result:

“I remember fighting to get a moment where Letty get into a fight herself because I felt like you don’t sit around and let your boys throw down without getting your hands dirty. If you don’t, then are you just there to model? That doesn’t work where I come from.”

Rodriguez didn’t return to the Fast franchise until the fourth installment, Fast & Furious. This was the entry that brought back the signature cast from the first film but fans were a bit letdown when Letty met an early demise. Rodriguez sat out for Fast Five but it was revealed during an end credits moment that Letty was very much alive. Rodriguez fully returned in Fast & Furious 6 but her character was suffering from amnesia and was working for the film’s villain, Owen Shaw (Luke Evans). By the end of the next film, Furious 7, Letty gets all of her memories back and it’s business as usual in The Fate of the Furious.

Things being business as usual is something that isn’t on Rodriguez’s agenda. The actress made headlines in June of 2017 when she took to social media to say she would leave the franchise if they did not start “showing some love” to the female characters. The powers that be actually heard Rodriguez and according to her, and Jordana Brewster, Fast & Furious 9 allows the women to take center stage and the experience was a satisfying one for all of the women in the film. I guess the great thing about all of this is that Rodriguez made her grievances known now, as a member of a multi-billionaire franchise, and she did it back in the day when the world really had no idea who she was just yet. She has always been real and upfront. Definitely something I personally respect about her.

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Jason Statham talks Hobbs & Shaw 2 & his Fast & Furious future

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Jason Statham talks Hobbs & Shaw 2 & his Fast & Furious future
April 30, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling

Jason Statham is one of the best action stars working in the business today and fans would agree that he made quite the impression when he made his first appearance in the Fast & Furious franchise as Deckard Shaw. He first debuted in an end-credits cameo scene for Fast & Furious 6 and this led to him becoming the main villain in Furious 7. Shaw eventually won over the Fast family in The Fate of the Furious for helping them when they needed it, although hardcore Fast fans were upset this was done so easily because Shaw seemingly killed a prominent member of their crew (Han, played by Sung Kang) at the end of the sixth installment. In the wake of the #JusticeForHan movement, we now know that Han is very much alive and it has made it a bit easier to swallow the fact that Shaw is now more of a likable anti-hero, a point that was solidified when he teamed up with Dwayne Johnson’s Hobbs character in the Fast spinoff, Hobbs & Shaw. Statham’s Deckard Shaw won’t be appearing in the upcoming Fast & Furious 9 but that doesn’t mean he’s out of the Fast franchise for good and there’s still the matter of the previously announced Hobbs & Shaw sequel.

Statham has been making the rounds promoting his upcoming film, WRATH OF MAN, and during a chat with “Collider“, he first gave an update on the status of Hobbs & Shaw 2 and it seems they’re just waiting to get the script right:

“Hundreds of millions get spent on making the movie and promoting the movie, so they have to have a good script. We’re motivated to do something about that; we’re waiting for the knock on the door, essentially.”

 

Statham was also asked about the chances of him appearing in the next two Fast & Furious installments. Statham’s Deckard Shaw has appeared in Fast 6-8, and while he won’t be in Fast & Furious 9, he’d love to come back for the final two installments that will wrap up the franchise:

“I’d love to come back for those couple of movies. It’s thin ice that I’m skating on if I talk about what’s going to happen in the next movies. But I know Justin Lin, I know him really well, and it was funny, when I came on to do the cameo in 6, he never turned up to 7 and 8, and they’re the ones that I did, so we’re destined to do something bigger. It’s great to work with Vin and all the other characters, I’ve made some great friends on that movie, and I really love the film franchise itself. I think it’s a global success for all the right reasons. To be a part of it is just a great privilege. So if they want me in the next ones, I’ll be there.”

Statham saying he’d be skating on thin ice talking about what’s going to happen in the next movies, gives me the impression that he has at least talked to Justin Lin, Vin Diesel, and the other powers that be about returning. I suspect he knows SOMETHING but just can’t talk about it yet. I’d imagine that since this will be the final two films they will want to bring back as many people from the franchise over the years into the fold and since Statham played such a popular role in the films he has appeared in, he’s bound to get the call. For now, we have to deal with him playing it a bit coy.

For now, we can see Jason Statham in Guy Ritchie’s Wrath of Man. In the film, a cold and mysterious character named H (Statham) works at a cash truck company that is responsible for moving hundreds of millions of dollars around Los Angeles each week. In the midst of this, H is also on the hunt for the people behind his son’s murder. The movie also stars Holt McCallany, Jeffrey Donovan, Josh Hartnett, Laz Alonso, Raul Castillo, DeObia Oparei, Eddie Marsan, and Scott Eastwood.

What Do YOU want to see in Hobbs & Shaw 2? Should Jason Statham return for the final two films of the Fast & Furious franchise? In the meantime, Wrath of Man hits screens on May 7, 2021.

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F9: John Cena declares himself the greatest Fast & Furious adversary

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F9: John Cena declares himself the greatest Fast & Furious adversary
April 21, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling

John Cena is already doing some big boasting before he makes his debut as Dominic Toretto’s (Vin Diesel) brother in Fast & Furious 9. During a recent chat with “Collider“, Cena says that his character Jakob will be the greatest adversary Dom has ever faced.

Dom has faced off against a number of villains across the franchise and arguably, at least from what we have already seen, Owen Shaw (Luke Evans) and Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham), are currently the villains with the most fanfare for giving the Fast family the most trouble. Deckard Shaw was seemingly turned into a good guy in Furious 7 which carried over to the spinoff Hobbs & Shaw so that leaves room for someone to take his spot. Cena seems to think that his character is the person to do just that:

“I certainly didn’t overlook the responsibility of the opportunity. I get to reap the rewards of this family who has poured the foundation and built the structure of a global delivering blockbuster. I get invited into the ninth installment to share the last name Toretto and to be Dom’s greatest adversary of all time. That is not lost. I think it has to start there. It has to start with respect. It goes back to what Justin says about earning your next chapter. I believe that’s a nice metaphor for life, as well. Everything we get should be earned. I was grateful enough to develop a relationship with Vin, and Vin was gracious enough to give me a chance. I forever thank him, and I always do, for betting on me.”

The familial connection between the characters does add a layer of depth that the franchise hasn’t really explored just yet. I know we don’t go into these films seeking depth but having that connection between Dom and Jakob likely raises the stakes a bit.  The character is described as a master thief, assassin, and high-performance driver, who can stand alone against Dom and the rest of the Fast family. Some of these skills and escalated tension have been revealed in the trailers released for the film, as well as the fact that he’s enlisted by Cipher (Charlize Theron) to destroy everything that means something to Dom. Cena goes on to explain that his past wrestling experience made him understand that he needed to prove his worth in order to be truly accepted as a part of the Fast & Furious family:

“I remember telling [Diesel] a long time ago that I wouldn’t let him down because I love the body of work that’s been established and it’s an honor. I knew what it’s like, in my experiences in the WWE, to be the new kid in the locker room. I also knew what it’s like in the WWE to be the 15-year vet, when I look at the new kid in the locker room like, “Who the hell is this?” You always want to make sure someone’s intentions are genuine and their passion is true. Regardless of how many installments of the franchise you’ve been involved with, I believe if the heart is there, you get to experience that welcoming family environment. I experienced it firsthand onset and after the workday was done. It’s memories that I’ll remember forever. It’s a very wonderful experience.”

In Fast & Furious 9, “Vin Diesel’s Dom Toretto is leading a quiet life off the grid with Letty and his son, little Brian, but they know that danger always lurks just over their peaceful horizon. This time, that threat will force Dom to confront the sins of his past if he’s going to save those he loves most. His crew joins together to stop a world-shattering plot led by the most skilled assassin and high-performance driver they’ve ever encountered: a man who also happens to be Dom’s forsaken brother, Jakob (John Cena).”

Do YOU think John Cena will be the greatest Fast & Furious adversary? Fast & Furious 9 hits screens on June 25, 2021.

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Fast 9: Sung Kang talks the #JusticeForHan movement

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Fast 9: Sung Kang talks the #JusticeForHan movement
April 16, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling

When the first Fast & Furious 9 trailer dropped last year, man fans were shocked, surprised, and ultimately excited to see that Sung Kang’s Han Lue, who was thought to have been killed during the events of Tokyo Drift/Furious 7, was still very much alive. The return came years after the #JusticeForHan movement was started by fans who were none too happy that Jason Statham’s Deckard Shaw was warmly welcomed by Dom (Vin Diesel) and his crew at the end of The Fate of the Furious considering he was responsible for Han’s death. Shaw was a villain who became a bit of a reluctant hero, even though he took out a member of their family. Even though we don’t know how Han survived, or if it will make sense, fans are happy to have him back and Sung Kang is sharing his personal thoughts on the #JusticeForHan campaign that likely led to his return.

Fast & Furious 9 director Justin Lin was adamant that Kang’s Han had to return and he even promoted the #JusticeForHan movement himself. During a char with “Empire“, Kang spoke on what the movement meant to him:

“The whole #JusticeForHan thing – it made me think, ‘Wow, there are actually people that appreciate the work I did as an actor.’ In my own Hollywood struggle as an Asian-American, in your darkest hours, you go, ‘Wow, there are actually people from all over the world that appreciate what I did with that character.’”

Sung Kang’s Han Lue really did become a fan favorite after Tokyo Drift. That film has grown on me over the years but when I initially saw the movie not much stood out except for Kang who I thought exhibited his fair share of charisma and screen presence in the role. Clearly, they thought he has something because they messed with the timeline of the franchise a bit to make sense of bringing him back in the fourth, fifth and sixth installments before making us realize that his fate in Tokyo Drift, which took place in Furious 7, was after the events of those films even though Tokyo Drift was the third entry. 

Justin Lin also ties the character, interestingly, to his 2002 breakthrough effort, Better Luck Tomorrow. Kang appears in that film and both he and Lin ultimately decided that his character in Better Luck Tomorrow is the same character that would go on to appear in the various Fast sequels. This means the character means a lot to both of these men but the #JusticeForHan movement made Kang realize that fans were passionate about the character as well. 

Are YOU happy that Sung Kang is back as Han? Fast & Furious 9 hits screens on June 25, 2021.

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The Fast Saga and Jurassic World crossover could happen says Justin Lin

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The Fast Saga and Jurassic World crossover could happen says Justin Lin
April 15, 2021 by: Steve Seigh

Have you ever wanted to see a Velociraptor drive a Dodge Charger? How badly do you want to see Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto punch a Tyrannosaurus in the face? What if I told you that all of this and more could happen in one of the most epic crossover events in cinematic history?

According to F9 director Justin Lin, a crossover between the Fast & Furious movies and the Jurassic Park/World franchise is not out of the question.

“Well, I’ve never said never to anything,” Lin said when asked about the two franchises eventually crossing lanes during a virtual conference. “And the fact that part of our philosophy is not to ever be boxed in or labeled. And that’s all I will say.”

Wait. How is something this epic even possible? Well, it’s because the Fast & Furious and Jurassic Park/World franchises are both owned by Universal. Plus, have you seen the latest trailer for F9? Is there any length this franchise won’t go to to bring it to the next level? After looking around online, it sounds like loads of fans want the Fast franchise to go to space, but what if it went to Isla Nublar instead?

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“Once you reach a certain pinnacle, there’s nowhere to go but to cross-brand and merge, it’s what big corporations do with each other when they get too big, you know what I mean?” Fast franchise star Michelle Rodriguez recently said about expanding the found family’s reach. “You just have to brand and merge with each other. But the only thing standing in the way is lawyers and studios. Because usually the brands that you’re trying to merge belong to different studios or whatever. But it’s under the same umbrella. I don’t know. I’m just saying. It works.”

While I’m not much of a Jurassic fan beyond the first (and timeless) film in the franchise, I am a hardcore “ride or die” for the Fast & Furious brand. I don’t know how we’re going to make this crossover a reality, but if there were ever a reason to start a Snyder Cut-like campaign, this is it! I can’t think of anything more ridiculous than Tyrese Gibson being bullied into riding a trained Velociraptor into an over-the-top car battle. Or how about the Fast family driving like a bat out of hell to escape an exploding volcano? Let’s make it happen, Universal. After all, after this past year and a half, don’t we deserve nice things?

Directed by Justin Lin, F9 is set to race into theaters on June 25th. The film stars Vin Diesel, John Cena, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Jordana Brewster, Nathalie Emmanuel, and Sung Kang, with Helen Mirren, Charlize Theron, and Cardi B.

Here’s the official synopsis for F9:

Vin Diesel’s Dom Toretto is leading a quiet life off the grid with Letty and his son, little Brian, but they know that danger always lurks just over their peaceful horizon. This time, that threat will force Dom to confront the sins of his past if he’s going to save those he loves most. His crew joins together to stop a world-shattering plot led by the most skilled assassin and high-performance driver they’ve ever encountered: a man who also happens to be Dom’s forsaken brother, Jakob.

Seriously, Universal. I’ve never wanted a crossover more in my life. Let’s make this insane fever dream of an idea a reality, shall we?

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The Fast Family rides again in new Fast & Furious 9 trailer

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The Fast Family rides again in new Fast & Furious 9 trailer
April 14, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling

A new trailer for Fast & Furious 9 has dropped and it gives us another action-packed look at the ninth installment of the popular franchise. 

Fast & Furious 9 has been repeatedly delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic but its current June 25, 2021, release date looks like it’s going to stick this time around. The trailer comes a day after a series of character motion posters were released from the film to show each member of the cast looking like they’re ready for this ninth ride with the franchise. Coming back for all of the action for this go-round is Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Sung Kang, Tyrese Gibson, Jordana Brewster, Nathalie Emmanuel, Ludacris, Charlize Theron, and John Cena. You can read the official synopsis for the film below:

“Vin Diesel’s Dom Toretto is leading a quiet life off the grid with Letty and his son, little Brian, but they know that danger always lurks just over their peaceful horizon. This time, that threat will force Dom to confront the sins of his past if he’s going to save those he loves most. His crew joins together to stop a world-shattering plot led by the most skilled assassin and high-performance driver they’ve ever encountered: a man who also happens to be Dom’s forsaken brother, Jakob (John Cena).

The trailer was full of other highlights as well. From Dom watching a video of Brian (the late Paul Walker) with his son to the return of Bow Wow as Twinkie from Tokyo Drift, this new look really gives the impression that they’re setting up this final chapter that begins with this film and continues with the last two chapters. Never thought this franchise would get this far but purely for my popcorn entertainment I’m glad it did. 

Did YOU like the new trailer? Fast & Furious 9 hits screens on June 25, 2021.

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Fast & Furious 9 motion posters released ahead of tomorrow’s trailer

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Fast & Furious 9 motion posters released ahead of tomorrow’s trailer
April 13, 2021 by: Kevin Fraser

The ninth installment of the Fast & Furious saga has experienced several delays due to COVID-19, the most recent occuring just last month, but that’s just means that we’ve gotten to see more trailers for the high-octane action flick than we typically would, and another is set to be released tomorrow! While we await the latest trailer for F9, a series of motion posters have been released via Twitter which show the cast doing their best to look menacing against a backdrop of cars and colourful smoke.

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I honestly never expected to legitimately enjoy the Fast & Furious franchise as much as I do, but once I just embraced the physics-defying madness of the films, I’ve had a great time with them. It may be coming out well over a year after it was originally slated to be released, but I’m pumped to see what F9 has in store for us.

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The official synopsis for F9:

Vin Diesel’s Dom Toretto is leading a quiet life off the grid with Letty and his son, little Brian, but they know that danger always lurks just over their peaceful horizon. This time, that threat will force Dom to confront the sins of his past if he’s going to save those he loves most. His crew joins together to stop a world-shattering plot led by the most skilled assassin and high-performance driver they’ve ever encountered: a man who also happens to be Dom’s forsaken brother, Jakob (John Cena).

F9 will hit theaters on June 25, 2021.

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Christopher Nolan is reportedly unlikely to work with Warner Bros. again

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Christopher Nolan is reportedly unlikely to work with Warner Bros. again
January 21, 2021 by: Kevin Fraser

It’s no secret that Christopher Nolan is one of the biggest advocates for the theatrical experience out there, but with COVID-19 closing theaters and delaying films over the past year, we’ve all had to adapt to a new normal. After several delays, Christopher Nolan’s TENET was the first blockbuster to be released in theaters last year, but it failed to break even, leading Warner Bros. to re-examine their plans for the rest of their films.

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The studio then announced that they would be releasing their entire 2021 theatrical slate simultaneously in theaters and on HBO Max, a move that angered a number of directors, including Christopher Nolan. The director has called Warner Bros. home for twenty years, but according to a report from the Wall Street Journal, Christopher Nolan is “unlikely” to work with the studio again in future based in part on their choice to release their films on HBO Max and in theaters on the same day. If true, this could end up being quite damaging to Warner Bros. and quite beneficial to whichever studio is able to scoop him up. Who knows whether Nolan really will part ways with Warner Bros., but it’s clear that the studio will have to go above and beyond if they want to hold on to him. When asked about Warner Bros.’ HBO Max plans last month, Nolan said:

Oh, I mean, disbelief. Especially the way in which they did. There’s such controversy around it, because they didn’t tell anyone. In 2021, they’ve got some of the top filmmakers in the world, they’ve got some of the biggest stars in the world who worked for years in some cases on these projects very close to their hearts that are meant to be big-screen experiences. They’re meant to be out there for the widest possible audiences… And now they’re being used as a loss-leader for the streaming service — for the fledgling streaming service — without any consultation. So, there’s a lot of controversy. It’s very, very, very, very messy. A real bait and switch. Yeah, it’s sort of not how you treat filmmakers and stars and people who, these guys have given a lot for these projects. They deserved to be consulted and spoken to about what was going to happen to their work.

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In a further statement to THR, Nolan continued: “Some of our industry’s biggest filmmakers and most important movie stars went to bed the night before thinking they were working for the greatest movie studio and woke up to find out they were working for the worst streaming service,” Nolan said. “Warner Bros. had an incredible machine for getting a filmmaker’s work out everywhere, both in theaters and in the home, and they are dismantling it as we speak. They don’t even understand what they’re losing. Their decision makes no economic sense and even the most casual Wall Street investor can see the difference between disruption and dysfunction.” If anyone lives next to Christopher Nolan, can you check to see if there’s a giant gift basket at his door yet?

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Fast & Furious 9: Vin Diesel on justice for Han & future of the franchise

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Fast & Furious 9: Vin Diesel on justice for Han & future of the franchise
January 11, 2021 by: Kevin Fraser

The Fast & Furious franchise has grown into something quite different from its humble street-racing origins with an expanding ensemble cast and an increase in high-octane, physics-defying stunts. The ninth installment of the main saga has experienced several delays thanks to COVID-19, but F9 is currently slated to hit theaters this May, and franchise star Vin Diesel recently spoke with Entertainment Weekly to tease the future of the franchise as well as what the new film has in store for fans.

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One big revelation that emerged from the first trailer for F9 was that Han Lue is apparently alive and well. Sung Kang first played the role in The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift and was actually killed off in that film, but the character proved to be so popular that they played around with the timeline in order to allow Han to take part in a few more films before it was revealed in Fast & Furious 6 that Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) was the one behind it. Fans have called for Justice for Han for some time, and it seems that F9 will deliver on that front, although it does have some explaining to do in regards just how Han survived. “Han is an integral character in this franchise,” Diesel explained. “If you remember, he’s kind of responsible for the away years of Dom Toretto. He’s the one doing jobs with him in Mexico, he’s the only one who knows where Dom is, and in many ways is the bridge for Dom when Dom comes back in Tokyo Drift. So there’s something very special and magical about the Han character. When you see the movie you’ll feel it, but I believe at the core it’s another testament to, not only don’t turn your back on family, but don’t give up on family. Without giving away the plot, that’s the theme: don’t give up on family.”

RELATED: The Fast & Furious franchise to end with two final films

Vin Diesel also revealed that F9 will finally allow Helen Mirren to get behind the wheel, which is something she’s wanted ever since she first campaigned for the role. “It’s so awesome,” Diesel said. “She gets to drive and she gets to drive sleek.” In regards to the future of the Fast & Furious franchise, it has previously been revealed that the main saga would come to an end with two final films, which Diesel said has been in the works for a while. “Well, kind of because that’s always what was discussed,” Diesel said. “Even as far back as 2012, 2013, it was something that Pablo [Walker] and I would discuss, finishing on the 10th one. That just always felt right. And being a part of the Marvel franchise, seeing that possibility that when you have that much story you can end with two films. It was something that we’d talked about that became real. It’s just been such a wonderful, wonderful run, and we’d always envisioned that 10 would be the farewell, the finale, and that is what our story is working towards.”

The official synopsis for F9:

Vin Diesel’s Dom Toretto is leading a quiet life off the grid with Letty and his son, little Brian, but they know that danger always lurks just over their peaceful horizon. This time, that threat will force Dom to confront the sins of his past if he’s going to save those he loves most. His crew joins together to stop a world-shattering plot led by the most skilled assassin and high-performance driver they’ve ever encountered: a man who also happens to be Dom’s forsaken brother, Jakob (John Cena).

F9 will hit theaters on May 28, 2021.

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Tenet’s Christopher Nolan has a soft spot for the Fast & Furious franchise

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Tenet’s Christopher Nolan has a soft spot for the Fast & Furious franchise
December 23, 2020 by: Kevin Fraser

No matter how high-brow your cinematic tastes might be, chances are good that you’ve got a few trashy, guilty-pleasures movies near and dear to your heart. There are probably more than a few of you out there, myself included, who place the Fast & Furious franchise in that department, but you might be surprised to know that none other than Christopher Nolan is a fan of the films as well.

While speaking on the Happy Sad Confused podcast earlier this month, the TENET director said that while he prefers the original film, he also has a soft for for The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift as well.

I’m sort of an original recipe [guy]; I mean, the Rob Cohen original, but I’ve got a very soft spot for Tokyo Drift actually. And then the skill as Justin Lin’s iterations, as they got crazier and bigger and crazier and bigger, they became something else, but something else kind of fun.

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Nolan continued: “The fun thing about those movies is, even as they’ve gotten bigger and bigger and bigger, as sequels have to do, everyone always complains that sequels get bigger but we’re the people making sequels get bigger, we do want them bigger. You don’t want them smaller. It’s the Alien 3 lesson that Fincher learned. You can do it but it’s not going to make anybody happy, even though personally I love that film, a lot more than he does in fact.” The main saga of the Fast & Furious franchise will be coming to an end sooner than we think as Universal announced just two months ago that the franchise will be ending with two more movies. The ninth installment of the series, F9, was supposed to be released earlier this year, but was delayed to May 28, 2021 due to COVID-19. Christopher Nolan’s Tenet is now available on on DVD/Blu-ray/4K Ultra HD.

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Fast & Furious 9 speeds away from No Time to Die for a May 2021 release

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Fast & Furious 9 speeds away from No Time to Die for a May 2021 release
October 2, 2020 by: Kevin Fraser

It was just hours ago when it was announced that the release of NO TIME TO DIE had been pushed to April 2, 2021. As that date happened to be when the ninth FAST & FURIOUS film was slated hit theaters, I guessed that Universal would soon be pushing F9 to a later date. Well, we didn’t have to wait all that long as Universal has now announced that F9 has been pushed back to May 28, 2021.

F9 was originally slated to hit theaters back in March, but just like about every other film out there, the spread of COVID-19 prompted Universal to push its release back. The new film will find Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) confronting the sins of his past when his team goes up against the most skilled assassin and high-performance driver they’ve ever encountered: Dom’s forsaken brother, Jakob (John Cena). Justin Lin returns to the director’s chair once again for an action blockbuster that will take the team from London to Tokya, from Central America to Edinburgh, and from a secret bunker in Azerbaijan to the teeming streets of Tblisi. In addition to Diesel and Cena, F9 will also star Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Jordana Brewster, Nathalie Emmanuel, Sung Kang, Helen Mirren, and Charlize Theron.

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The official synopsis for F9:

Vin Diesel’s Dom Toretto is leading a quiet life off the grid with Letty and his son, little Brian, but they know that danger always lurks just over their peaceful horizon. This time, that threat will force Dom to confront the sins of his past if he’s going to save those he loves most. His crew joins together to stop a world-shattering plot led by the most skilled assassin and high-performance driver they’ve ever encountered: a man who also happens to be Dom’s forsaken brother, Jakob (John Cena).

F9 will hit theaters on May 28, 2021, at least, that’s the hope.

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Neal Moritz’s Hobbs & Shaw lawsuit ends amicably

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Neal Moritz’s Hobbs & Shaw lawsuit ends amicably
September 11, 2020 by: Steve Seigh

While it seemed like Neal Moritz’s lawsuit with Universal over HOBBS & SHAW compensation was steadily running out of gas, a last-minute pit stop has refilled the tank and reunited the producer with THE FAST SAGA family for future road trips.

According to a provision in his HOBBS & SHAW contract, Moritz was granted an extra lap in his legal street race via mediation with a third-party arbitrator. In what could have easily resulted in a flat tire for the crew instead turned into a mere oil change on the way to a reunion at the finish line.

THE FAST SAGA has long been the NASCAR of film franchises with a non-stop, no brakes race that throws everything at the checkered flag and never slows down, not even for legal proceedings. It once again seems that even the strength of the Torretto extended family isn’t limited to the big screen with Moritz and its behind-the-scenes crew hugging this one out in the hopes of a long future together. In fact, now that the matter has been resolved, Moritz has chalked the whole business up to “a little family disagreement.”

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Both parties jointly released a statement confirming that all is good under the hood.

“Neal H. Moritz has been an integral part of the Fast & Furious family since the inception of the franchise nearly two decades ago,” a Universal Pictures spokesperson said via email to The Hollywood Reporter. “The studio and Neal have amicably resolved our dispute and settled all claims relating to the Fast & Furious spin-off Hobbs & Shaw. We’re glad to put this issue behind us and focus on the future of this franchise.”

And Moritz said, “Fast & Furious has always been about family and unfortunately we had a little family disagreement. I am happy to rejoin my Universal and Fast family to continue to work on the Fast saga for many films to come. I appreciate Universal’s leadership team working with me and my attorney Howard Abramson to resolve this fairly.”

Yesterday, Fast & Furious veteran Michelle Rodriguez seemingly confirmed that the franchise will be headed to outer space. I’m not joking. This happened on The Jess Cagle Show, in which Rodriguez said, “Oh, no way! How did you guys find that out? See what happens? People start talking behind the scenes, man. When a movie doesn’t come out and forget about it, things get out. Nobody was supposed to know that.” The rumor that the Fast franchise would boldly go where it’s never gone before surfaced last year, when Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, who plays Tej Parker, spoke on The Jess Cagle Show and insinuated that the upcoming sequel could finally take the franchise to the stars above.

What do you all think? Is the known galaxy the Fast franchise’s next logical leap into absurdity? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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The Hollywood Reporter

Ludacris insinuates that Fast & Furious 9 will be heading to space

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Ludacris insinuates that Fast & Furious 9 will be heading to space
July 10, 2020 by: Kevin Fraser

With each installment, the FAST & FURIOUS franchise has become increasingly ridiculous as it throws the laws of physics out the window, but one thing the series hasn’t done yet is go to outer-space. In a pre-COVID world, the ninth FAST & FURIOUS film would have debuted in theaters back in May, but as with just about every other film out there, its release was pushed back due to the pandemic.

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FAST & FURIOUS 9, which seems to be titled F9, deals with Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) confronting the sins of his past when his team goes up against the most skilled assassin and high-performance driver they’ve ever encountered: Dom’s forsaken brother, Jakob (John Cena). Much of the ensemble cast has returned for F9, including Chris “Ludacris” Bridges as Tej Parker, and the actor spoke on SiriusXM’s The Jess Cagle Show where he may have insinuated that the upcoming sequel could finally take the franchise to space. Co-host Julia Cunningham said, “I don’t even know creatively what they could come up with to wow us, even though I know they do every time. I’m like, space has to be involved, submarines, I don’t even know. In my mind I can’t imagine what happens in the next movie.” To which Ludacris responded:

You just said something very important. I will say that you are very intuitive, because you said something right, but I’m not going to give it away.

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When Cunningham exclaimed that she bet it was space, Ludacris put his hand over his mouth. “I don’t know. I don’t know what you said,” he teased. While Ludacris could be speaking of something else, I will be shocked if the franchise doesn’t go to space before all is said and done. Shocked, I say! Although the release of FAST & FURIOUS 9 has been pushed back, Ludacris said that the additional time gives the editors even more time to perfect the film; additionally, “If there is a Fast 10 and 11, and you understand the time the creatives, the people who are writing these scripts right now have to make these the best possible sequels of all time — I can’t even imagine. That is what I am thinking.” FAST & FURIOUS 9 is slated to hit theaters on April 2, 2021.

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