The Fast and Furious Franchise is back, because like its heroes, it can never die; it can always go bigger — and holy shit — now there’s a submarine?
The first trailer for The Fate of the Furious debuted Sunday night in New York City’s Times Square, shutting down the heart of Manhattan for three minutes of total mayhem. The whole team is back, with some massive additions, namely Charlize Theron playing a villain who is “the very definition of high-tech terrorism,” which doesn’t make a whole lot of sense but sounds awesome. Of course, franchise regulars Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Ludacris, Tyrese Gibson, Nathalie Emmanuel, and Kurt Russell are all back, and Scott Eastwood and Dame Helen Mirren herself are also along for the ride.
The cast and crew showed up in Times Square as well, and the whole event was broadcast via Facebook live — but the trailer was the main event, and it completely changed the entire franchise.
For some unknown reason, Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) turns against his family and joins forces with Theron — breaking the core of the family that has endured seven wild adventures together.
The film will focus heavily on Toretto losing his family unit, but that’s not the biggest threatening facing the crew. Theron plays a mysterious villain named Cipher, who sends the group on a globe-trotting adventure that takes the franchise to places it’s never been before — including Cuba, New York City, and Iceland. Watch the full trailer below.
In fact, this film is the first major motion picture to be filmed in Cuba in the past 50 years. Before the trailer premiered, Director F. Gary Gray explained that when this movie was quite the endeavor. “We made history,” he explained. “The Cuban people were absolutely amazing. Its going to be a throwback to the earlier fast movies, but in Cuba. If you think the quarter mile is dangerous, wait ‘til you see the Cuban mile.”
Diesel added that he had always dreamed of filming a Fast and the Furious movie in New York City, and shutting down Times Square to show fans the latest trailer is icing on the cake. “My dad used to bring me to Times Square to watch movies when I was six years old,” he said. “It makes me so proud to know that a movie I worked so hard on has shut down Times Square.”
The cast knew that Furious 7 would be a tough act to follow. They attribute a lot of its success to the fact it was the last piece of love for one of the franchise’s other big stars, Paul Walker, who passed away in 2013 before filming had finished.
“We knew the last one would be a tough act to follow,” Tyrese Gibson explained during the event. “We don’t know how far this one is going to go, but we knew we had to work that much harder. We put our heart and soul into it.”
Diesel said The Fate of the Furious will once again wow audiences. “You will not be prepared for this movie,” he added.
The franchise appears to have plenty of fuel still left in its tank, which is a plus since there could be a least two more films after this one.
The Fate of the Furious premieres on April 14, 2017.