While Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has refused Vin Diesel’s public request to rejoin the Fast and Furious family and reprise his role of Luke Hobbs, Aquaman actor Jason Momoa has officially been casted—and rumors say, he could be the franchise finale’s new villain.
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Fast & Furious 10 will be directed by Justin Lin, and will be the first of two films that will close out the Fast & Furious franchise, which began in 2001. As of right now, the plan is to shoot both finale installments back-to-back.
In an interview with Collider, Lin said, “There’s an ambition of what we want to do and there’s also real-world issues that we’re encountering, but I feel like, for me, I don’t want to be greedy. I want to do what’s best for the process.” The plans to shoot both films one after the other is a lofty goal, especially with a lot of film and television production schedules up in the air and delayed due to COVID-19.
Vin Diesel has previously stated that he had started developing Fast 10 before filming began on Fast 9, with hopes to split the franchise’s final film into two parts. “The universe is so robust and so rich with talent and rich with story that, on one level, it’s totally feasible to have spinoffs, and I think that’s something that is inevitable. Universal deserves it because of how much they’ve invested in this little saga, and it’d be good to give back to Universal. And for the fans, should Fast 10 parts one and two be the conclusion, it would be nice for this world to continue for generations to come.”
“The idea of the last chapter being two films is correct,” Lin continues. “I have to say, I’m so glad — because I think when I first entered this franchise, a sequel was not a given. You had to earn it, you know? And so to be sitting here talking to you and go, ‘Oh yeah, there’s gonna be two more movies!’ I’m like, ‘Wow.’ It means a lot. So, every day when I wake up, I’m trying to reconfigure and make sure hopefully whatever we’re talking about process-wise is gonna yield the best result. But I think having one chapter in two movies is correct. That’s where I sit today.”
As for what we can expect from the finale films, returning Fast & Furious actor Sung Kang would like to see something a little different. “I’d like to see the [Fast & Furious] films, at least one of them, go rated R,” Kang told Screen Rant. “Go super dark, to see where that could go. I don’t know which character that’s going to be, somebody has to go dark, really dark. And maybe it would be cool to see.”
Catch Fast & Furious 10 in theaters on May 19, 2023. In the meantime, check out some other franchises that have the possibility of being darker.
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