Holy Shift. The incredible official trailer for the 7th installment of the Fast and Furious series has dropped. Damn. Just. Damn.
This is how you build hype.
Seven movies in to the Fast and Furious series, you’d think the series would be getting very long in the tooth. Nope. And the proof is in the new, just-released trailer for Furious 7. What else can you say about seeing Dwayne Johnson break his own cast, or Paul Walker leaping into the back of a machine gun nest/tractor trailer to save a kidnapped girl before barely evading a trip into the bottom of a ravine. Or seeing Vin Diesel tell Kurt Russell “I don’t have friends. I have family.”? Other than than damn.
The cloud hanging over this movie is of course the tragic death of Paul Walker during production. A serious rewrite was required to find a way to ease his character out of the series without exploiting his death. If this trailer is any indication, mission accomplished. Brian O’Connor is front and center here, and I’m OK with it. I just wish it wasn’t the last time.
Having been obsessed with these films from the beginning, it’s been incredibly fun watching them go from easily-dismissed exploitation movies to the biggest non-superhero franchise in the world. Anyway, shut up, Ross, I hear you saying, so OK. let’s just watch this thing again. Meanwhile, here’s the official synopsis:
Continuing the global exploits in the unstoppable franchise built on speed, Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Dwayne Johnson lead the returning cast of Fast & Furious 7. James Wan directs this chapter of the hugely successful series that also welcomes back favorites Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Elsa Pataky and Lucas Black. They are joined by international action stars new to the franchise including Jason Statham, Djimon Hounsou, Tony Jaa, Ronda Rousey and Kurt Russell. Neal H. Moritz, Vin Diesel and Michael Fottrell return to produce the film written by Chris Morgan. www.thefastandthefurious.com