A few days remain until the release of Fast X, which signals the beginning of the end for the Fast & Furious franchise. And it should come as no surprise that the latest installment will once again focus on family.
The series has retconned the conclusion of Fast Five so that Jason Momoa’s antagonist can be introduced as the son of previous antagonist Hernan Reyes, as disclosed by the first trailer, which was published online on February 10.
It appears that Momoa’s character will make audiences query whether Dom Toretto and company are the true protagonists of their own narrative.
Louis Leterrier, the film’s director, explained: “We see them from a distance and they say, ‘Take them out. They are evil people because they stole our security. In doing so, you lead the audience to reconsider everything they’ve encountered throughout the entire franchise.”
“Indeed, your experience was ‘that’s the correct thing to do’: the truths through the views of Dom and his family. However, the antagonists have always had their own point of view and truth that differed significantly from the other.”
We are aware that Dom will never genuinely be the antagonist in a Fast & Furious film, despite the fact that this is a fascinating theory. What do we currently know about Fast X? Here is everything you should know.
Fast X release date: When can we expect Fast 10?
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Universal had previously said that the premiere date for Fast X will be April 7, 2023 (barring any postponements, of course). However, that date was marginally changed to May 19, 2023, and that is where the film has remained.
On April 20, 2022, it was confirmed that production had begun, with Diesel posting updates on Instagram on a regular basis. The movie was shot in Italy and Portugal, among other countries, until late August 2022.
Previously, Tyrese Gibson stated that the 11th and final Fast & Furious film would be shot back-to-back. However, this hasn’t happened, which could indicate a longer delay for the film.
According to Diesel, the series is receiving a two-part conclusion because “there’s so much ground to cover” and “there are so many places and locations in the world that we have to visit.”
We don’t have a release date for Fast & Furious 11 (or Fast X Part Two, as they call it).
Fast X trailer: Watch the Fast 10 trailer here!
As previously stated, the first Fast X trailer was published on February 10. If you missed it, please review it below:
A shorter version was also released for the Super Bowl, but it primarily consisted of footage from this epic four-minute trailer.
On April 19, Universal released a second trailer for Fast X, but it was essentially the same footage with additional pyrotechnics and punches. You can examine it here if you wish.
Fast X cast: Who’s returning for Fast 10?
It would not be a genuine series finale without the return of the majority of the family, and with the confirmation of filming came the expected cast list. Fast X will reunite the essential Toretto family for the tenth installment.
Given that Fast & Furious 9 passed without any fatalities, it is evident that Vin Diesel’s Dom is back, along with a number of familiar characters.
Sung Kang as Han, Michelle Rodriguez as Letty, Tyrese Gibson as Roman, Ludacris as Tej, Jordana Brewster as Mia, Charlize Theron as the villain Cipher, and Nathalie Emmanuel as Ramsey will also return.
Mia, who was originally omitted from the script, was reinstated due to the efforts of Diesel’s daughter, he revealed.
We expect a large number of cameo roles and minor parts for characters throughout the entire series, including cameos from Lucas Black as Sean Boswell, Bow Wow as Twinkie, Jason Tobin as Earl Hu, and Shea Whigham as Agent Stasiak.
Diesel has also confirmed that Tego Calderón and Don Omar will reprise their roles as Leo and Santos, but we do not anticipate a significant role for them.
At the conclusion of F9, Mr. Nobody’s (Kurt Russell) future was uncertain. Since he aided Han feign his own demise, it’s possible that he’s still around to assist Dom and his crew.
Scott Eastwood has been confirmed to reprise his role as Little Nobody in Fast X, but it is unclear whether he will replace Mr. Nobody or if his employer will also return.
Regarding Han’s return, there is a theory that Mr. Nobody may have staged Gisele’s demise, so could Gal Gadot return in the two-part finale? After the ninth film was set in space, nothing is ruled out.
Kang is undoubtedly in favor of Gisele’s return, as he stated in response to the hypothesis, “I believe we need Gisele back in every manner. I believe the supporters desire this. We must find a way to make that happen.”
Brian O’Conner is likely to make an appearance in the series finale, either as a cameo or in a more substantial capacity. Perhaps it will consist of archival footage of the late Paul Walker or CGI, but he will undoubtedly play a role.
Vin Diesel verified in an interview with Total Film that the film will include a tribute to the late actor and his character.
“At that time in 2013 when the world was mourning his death, the studio made a very courageous, noble, and audacious decision to keep Brian O’Conner alive,” he explained. “Without giving anything away, I cannot imagine this saga concluding without a proper farewell to Brian O’Conner.”
Following the release of the trailer, Leterrier revealed that the movie wouldn’t feature Brian in the present day, but as we see in the trailer, there will be footage of Brian from past Fast movies.
“The Walker family remains an integral element of this franchise, as you will see in this film. It must simply be the appropriate time and tone,” he explained.
Brewster has expressed her desire for Paul Walker’s daughter Meadow to appear in the series prior to its conclusion. Maybe this will occur in Fast & Furious 10?
The credits scene in F9 also saw Jason Statham return to the main series as Deckard Shaw and he’s back again, alongside his mother Magdalene ‘Queenie’ Shaw as brilliantly played by Helen Mirren.
We had a first look at Mirren back in the Fast franchise during filming in Rome, cozying up to Dom, of course.
While he started as a villain, John Cena’s Jakob Toretto was on Dom’s side by the end of the ninth movie, and he’s firmly part of the family here.
There’s been plenty of exciting new names announced for the cast, led by Aquaman’s Jason Momoa playing the latest bad guy to go head-to-head with Dom.
We don’t know too much about Momoa’s villain who’s called Dante, but he has shared that he has purple and pink toenails, drives a lavender ride to match, and has a maniacal laugh. “I’m a peacock at the highest level and I’m having the time of my life,” he teased.
Diesel revealed a new look at Momoa’s villain in late January 2023, while the first trailer revealed that he has a connection to Fast Five’s villain Reyes as he’s his previously-unknown son.
The Suicide Squad’s Daniela Melchior and Captain Marvel’s Brie Larson are also a part of the tenth movie. Larson plays Tess, a rogue representative from the Agency, while Melchior is a street racer with a tie to Dom’s past.
As for Larson, Diesel has been talking up her importance in the overall Fast & Furious saga. “You have no idea how timeless and amazing she will be in our mythology,” he wrote on an Instagram post with a first-look image.
“Beyond her beauty, her intellect… her Oscar, haha, is this profound soul who will add something you might not have expected but yearned for.”
Both Larson’s and Melchior’s characters have ties to Fast & Furious canon, with Larson’s Tess confirmed as the daughter of Mr. Nobody and Melchior’s character expected to be the sister of Elena, the mother of Dom’s child Brian.
Reacher star Alan Ritchson will also be joining in on the fun as Aimes, the new head of the Agency who doesn’t exactly have the same fondness for Dom as Mr. Nobody did.
Perhaps most excitingly (and unexpectedly), Rita Moreno will star as Dom and Mia’s grandmother, Abuela Toretto. Yes, that is really happening.
If the cast list doesn’t feel long enough already, you can also add Love Island’s Olivia Hawkins to it, as she announced in April that she has filmed a cameo role in Fast X. “I did a scene in the new Fast & Furious,” she revealed. “We did a scene in Rio. In the party scene.”
She also mentioned that she didn’t even have to fly to Rio to film the scene – “[I] just did it in London.”
And there’s more. Diesel, it was revealed, has even filmed a mid-credits/post-credits scene that’s set to feature a super secret “guest cameo”. Considering anyone who’s anyone is already in Fast X, who knows who that’ll turn out to be?
Fast X plot: What can we expect from Fast 10?
With the first trailer, we got the official synopsis for Fast X – and it’s a lengthy one fitting its position as the beginning of the end of the series.
“Over many missions and against impossible odds, Dom Toretto and his family have outsmarted, out-nerved and outdriven every foe in their path,” it reads.
“Now, they confront the most lethal opponent they’ve ever faced: A terrifying threat emerging from the shadows of the past who’s fuelled by blood revenge, and who is determined to shatter this family and destroy everything – and everyone – that Dom loves, forever.
“In 2011’s Fast Five, Dom and his crew took out nefarious Brazilian drug kingpin Hernan Reyes and decapitated his empire on a bridge in Rio De Janeiro. What they didn’t know was that Reyes’ son, Dante, witnessed it all and has spent the last 12 years masterminding a plan to make Dom pay the ultimate price.
“Dante’s plot will scatter Dom’s family from Los Angeles to the catacombs of Rome, from Brazil to London, and from Portugal to Antarctica. New allies will be forged and old enemies will resurface.
“But everything changes when Dom discovers that his own 8-year-old son is the ultimate target of Dante’s vengeance.”
Everything is wrapped up fairly neatly by the end of Fast & Furious 9, but it still left some mysteries for the new movie to explore, such as whether Mr Nobody is still alive and what Jakob will do next.
The one big tease for the next movie is the credits sequence that sees Han visit Shaw who, understandably, was surprised to see him. Since Shaw inadvertently helped Han keep Project Aries safe, will he let bygones be bygones? Or could Han’s surprise return lead Shaw to become a villain again?
“I think there are still some questions that are unanswered. It’s a taste of where Han can go and where Deckard Shaw can go because everybody loves Jason Statham. We’re honoured to have him in our universe, so why not?” Kang told Digital Spy.
Nathalie Emmanuel has teased that the stakes this time around are “so much higher and so much more serious”, adding: “Just the general stakes are higher on a more personal level in this one.”
As mentioned before, could we see more unexpected returns from the dead, such as Dom’s father, or Gal Gadot’s Gisele? You can’t rule anything out in this universe, although you can probably rule out it being a laid-back finale where they just sit around and chill.
“There’s a war brewing,” Leterrier told Empire. “It’s coming to an end, and it is a race to the finish. There will be some tremendous casualties.”
So it appears some of the Fast family won’t make it to the finish line.
And maybe we’ll end up seeing Queenie kiss Dom, at least if Helen Mirren has anything to do with it: “Oh my God, of course, I would! But only if he talks to me before and after, because it’s the voice that I really get off on, quite honestly.”
One thing we can definitely expect though is that the movie will end on a cliffhanger to set up the final movie.
Leterrier teased: “This one is big. You know, I don’t want to oversell it, but what we’re planning on the next one is just gigantic, in terms of action, scope, and emotion. You will feel all the feels. Tears will roll.”