Optimus Prime isn’t the only movie icon poised to betray his long-time allies in 2017 – Dominic Toretto, the musclebound pertolhead played with real gusto by Vin Diesel, turns his back on Letty, Hobbs and the rest of the gang in Universal’s blockbuster, effectively leaving The Fate of the Furious hanging in the balance.
We are, of course, referring to the action sequel formerly known as Fast 8, and Universal has seized the opportunity at tonight’s Super Bowl LI to offer a peek at what’s in store in F. Gary Gray’s explosive follow-up. With Toretto now labeled as an out-and-out traitor, dancing to the tune orchestrated by Charlize Theron’s enigmatic Cipher, The Fate of the Furious sees the remaining members of Universal’s tight-knit movie family fight against old friends and new adversaries.
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Also starring Scott Eastwood (Suicide Squad) and Kristofer Hivju of Game of Thrones fame, explosive doesn’t even begin to describe what we see in this Super Bowl spot. The series has always been known for its over the top action set pieces, but it looks like this latest instalment truly takes things to the next level. Go big or go home, right?
In addition to that, we also get some new footage of Cipher here, a character described as the franchise’s greatest villain yet. High praise indeed, considering the Toretto crew have locked horns with Luke Evans, The Rock – before he switched sides – and Jason Statham, who is back seeking vengeance in The Fate of the Furious. Elsewhere on the casting docket, you’ll find Michelle Rodriguez’s Letty, Lucas Black’s Sean – his first Fast and Furious appearance since Tokyo Drift – Tyrese Gibson’s boisterous Roman, Ludacris’ Tej, and Dwayne Johnson’s former law enforcer, Hobbs.
The Fate of the Furious will jump-start one final trilogy at Universal on April 14th. Beyond early chatter of potential spinoffs, the studio has also earmarked the as-yet-untitled Fast & Furious 9 and Fast & Furious 10 for April 19th, 2019 and April 2nd, 2021, respectively.