Cast your mind back to 2015 and the blockbusting release of Fast & Furious 7. It was the last movie in the automotive franchise to feature late star Paul Walker, who died in a car crash during filming, and featured, arguably, the finest and most emotional end of any of the movies so far. If you're brave enough to watch again and have a couple of tissues handy, here's the scene.
If you're wondering how this April's Fast & Furious 8 is going to steer a new course in the wake of Paul Walker's death, you're not the only one. It turns out his co-star and close friend Vin Diesel, who returns in the new movie as Dom Toretto, was well aware of the pressure going into the eighth film. However he says the new Fast & Furious movie will act as a tribute to Walker's memory.
"It wasn’t just a question of whether this franchise could work without Paul. It was whether I could even survive doing it without Paul," he tells Total Film. "I’d seen this video of Paul guaranteeing eight, while we were making seven. That hit me. You’re talking about a bond and a brotherhood. The pain wasn’t about whether something would work. F**k the film. It was about the loss of someone very important in my life. Was there ever any moment I wasn’t thinking about him? That’s the question. Every day I’d be saying, 'This movie has to be amazing because of Paul.'"
Indications are that the new movie will live up to those weighty promises. As Dom seemingly goes rogue to side with ruthless villain Cipher (Charlize Theron), it falls to Lettie (Michelle Rodriguez) and the rest of his family to partner up with Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) and former baddie Shaw (Jason Statham) to bring him down. Check out the insane trailer below.
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