It looks like Universal has succeeded yet again in raising the bar in their immensely successful Fast & Furious franchise. Until now, the eighth instalment has been referred to as simply Fast 8 / Fast & Furious 8. With the launch of an epic first trailer, the studio has revealed the official title: The Fate of the Furious.
The Fate of the Furious picks up where things left off in Furious 7, the first film in the series to cross the $1bn mark. (It wound up with just over $1.5bn at the global box office.) If all goes to plan, it will the first in a final trilogy for the franchise. And it looks like things are getting off to an awesome new start in this first trailer, which pits Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto against his family.
On the heels of 2015’s Furious 7, one of the fastest movies to reach $1 billion worldwide in box-office history and the sixth-biggest global title of all time, comes the newest chapter in one of the most popular and enduring motion-picture serials of all time: The Fate of the Furious.
Now that Dom and Letty are on their honeymoon and Brian and Mia have retired from the game—and the rest of the crew has been exonerated—the globetrotting team has found a semblance of a normal life. But when a mysterious woman (Oscar® winner Charlize Theron) seduces Dom into the world of crime he can’t seem to escape and a betrayal of those closest to him, they will face trials that will test them as never before.
Diesel shares the screen with another great ensemble. He’s joined by Michelle Rodriguez, Dwayne Johnson, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Lucas Black, Kurt Russell, Jason Statham, Charlize Theron, Elsa Pataky, Nathalie Emmanuel, Tego Calderon, Don Omar, Scott Eastwood, Kristofer Hivju, and Helen Mirren.
F. Gary Gray (Straight Outta Compton, The Italian Job) takes the helm for the first time in the franchise. He directs from a script penned by franchise veteran Chris Morgan, who’s written every script, by himself, since Tokyo Drift. Hats off to Morgan. I definitely wasn’t expecting this. I can’t wait to see how / if they explain why Dom’s switching sides. Theron’s character must have something over him, but no hints yet as to what it could be.
The Fate of the Furious hits regular and IMAX cinemas on April 14th in the US and UK.