Just last week, a short teaser for Universal Pictures’ highly anticipated film Fast and Furious 8 was released online. In it was a fleeting glimpse of footage from the sequel, as well as the official title this movie will now be using from now on: The Fate of the Furious. Collider pointed out that Fate sounds like F8, so maybe that’s the reason why they stuck with such name. Very clever.
And now, an official trailer of Fast 8 has just been released by the studio, and it seems like things are not going pretty well with the team.
F. Gary Gray (Straight Outta Compton, The Italian Job) directs the eight installment of the Fast and Furious film series with Dwayne Johnson, Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Nathalie Emmanuel, Elsa Pataky, and Kurt Russell reprising their roles. Franchise newcomer Charlize Theron is set to wreak havoc as she plays the main baddie of the film. Scott Eastwood and Helen Mirren round out the rest of this impressive cast.
The story follows the globetrotting team who is well on their way of trying to live a normal life again after getting absolved from all their wrongdoings in the past. But when Theron lures Dom (Diesel) back into the world of crime, betraying his family along the way, the team is put on a test unlike anything they’ve faced before.
What I love about this franchise is how they always try to raise the stakes of the action with each new installment. You’d think you’ve seen enough crazy stunts, and then BAM! They give you a new sequel with even more insane and physics-defying acts of vehicular sorcery.
But it’s also not just about the cars and the explosions. At the center of this film, as well as all the other Fast and Furious entries in the past, is family. It’s the only cause that gets highlighted in each film and keeps the franchise growing to new heights. Why Dom turned his back on his family this time, that’s something we’ll have to find out next year.
The Fate of the Furious opens April 14, 2017 in US theaters.