During these past six days I have discussed the complete Fast & Furious franchise. The films, and the actors who made the franchise such a huge success. On this last day of the Fast & Furious week it’s time to look into the future. Will there be another sequel? Who’s in it and what is the story about? The last part of this post might be filled with spoilers, so those who doesn’t want to know anything about the next film should skip the last part. But don’t worry, I will tell you when the spoilers are about to come! Because first we start with a short look back at Paul Walker. The actor who started the franchise in 2001 and who was of great value for almost seven films. Untill that horrible day in November 2013.
Like I’ve mentioned in my second article, Paul Walker started in 2001 with the film The Fast and the Furious. He played Brian O’Conner, a young police agent in Los Angeles. The only film he missed out was Tokyo Drift, because Universal Studios wanted give the franchise a new boost with a new and younger cast. But the fans wanted Paul and Vin Diesel, his co-star and friend for life. The third made film wasn’t as succesful as the studio might have hoped and so Walker returned to the franchise and was since the fourth film, Fast & Furious, one of the main cast. The character Brian O’Conner endured many developments and was of great value for the series, untill that fateful day.
30 November 2013 was not a good day for the fans and – of course – the family and friends of Paul Walker, when we learned of his tragic car accident. Walker and the rest of the cast were already busy with filming Furious 7, but because of Paul’s death, filming days were over for now and the production process was postponed. After a period of grieve, the crew sat together and talked about how they should finish the film. And even more important: what to do with Paul’s character? Eventually we got an amazing film to see, also with the help of Cody Walker, Paul’s younger brother. Like I’ve mentioned in my review, Paul Walker got the most amazing dignified farewell. Especially the final scene evoked a lot of emotions when we look back at the life of Paul’s character Brian O’Conner. The shots from the previous films and the fact that Brian is truly happy and at peace with his family, was also according to director James Wan the best possible way to end the character. One amazing quote by Paul Walker was: “If one day the speed kills me, do not cry because I was smiling.”
After Brian O’Conner rides into the sunset, Furious 7 has ended and a new film is about to come. So it’s already a fact an eight film is in the making. Fast & Furious 8 – I’m not sure if this is the official title or just a working title – has a release date of 14 April 2017, more than two years after Furious 7 hit theatres, and has a runtime of 160 minutes! For those of my readers who doesn’t want to know anything about the upcoming film and its spoiler, I suggest you stop reading now! 🙂
There’s not much to say about the actual story, but what I can tell is something bout the actors who will return or come back! Logically Vin Diesel – who will also produce – will return as Dominic Toretto, Dwayne Johnson as Agent Hobbs and also Jason Statham has confirmed to reprise his role as Deckard Shaw. Rumour is Paul’s younger brother Cody Walker – who was Paul’s stand-in in Furious 7 – will be part of Fast & Furious 8 as Jack O’Conner. Other actors who might return are Kurt Russel – who had his Fast & Furious debut in the previous film as Mr. Nobody – Ludacris and therefore probably also Tyrese Gibson. There are no words about Michelle Rodriguez’ character Letty or Mia, played by Jordana Brewster. But after the developments in Furious 7 it’s most likely Letty will return. However, the return of Mia is more doubtful, since she’s supposed to enjoy her freedom with Brian and their children.
Two other actors who might to come back to the Fast & Furious franchise, are Lucas Black and Eva Mendes. Mendes played the role of undercover agent Fuentes in the film 2 Fast 2 Furious. After that, we only saw her once during an after-end-credit scene in Fast Five, where she was showing Hobbs a picture of Letty – who was supposed to be dead. In my opinion, with the large amount of men, it will be good to have some more girl power. Lucas Black was supposed to be the new face of the franchise when he first appeared in Tokyo Drift as Sean Boswell. We saw him for a very short moment in Furious 7 when he was talking with Diesel’s character about Han’s death.
Besides the actors, there is also something to say about the location. Diesel hinted in an interview at the MTV Movie Awards this year, that the eight will take place in a city other than Los Angeles: New York City. Since the release date of the film lies two year in the future, there is not much more know about the film. Other than Vin Diesel and Neal H. Moritz return as producers and Gary Scott Thompson returns as the writer of the characters. Moritz stated during an interview with Screenrant that besides the action it will focus on character developments. But these are the facts that we have to live with, for now.
With this preview of Fast & Furious 8 we have come to an end of the Fast & Furious week. A week in which we discussed all the films and actors, how the franchise has started and has become one of the most successful film series of the moment. I hope you enjoyed all of my articles and became an even bigger fan of the franchise. And those who weren’t fans, I hope you are now! Feel free to leave comments, let me know which film is your favourite and if you want to see more of these theme weeks!