The Fast & Furious 7 cast is an impressive lineup, even at the expense of the late Paul Walker. Possibly bigger than the addition of Jason Statham to a cast already starring Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, and the unstoppable Vin Diesel, is a return to something the series began with.
Race Wars is coming back to the series! All the way back in the original The Fast and The Furious, the movie built up to the event and used it as a launching pad to move the story forward. It led to the revelation that Brian Earl Spilner was actually Officer Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker), as well as Jesse’s (Chad Lindberg) stupid move of racing Johnny Tran (Rick Yune) for pink slips, a competition which led to his death at the hands of a local Asian street gang.
Race Wars has been sitting on the back of the proverbial shelf ever since the series crossed the U.S. to bring Brian and his racing shenanigans to Miami, where he attempted to get back in with law enforcement and possibly cheated on Mia Toretto (Jordana Brewster).
Vin Deisel‘s statement on Facebook indicates that the movie might not be filmed in Tokyo, but the extras will help create the illusion. He mentioned the scorching hot sun, possibly meaning it will be filmed in Southern California.
The Fast & Furious 7 cast will probably bring back the authentic street racers that the first film used, truly bringing the series back to its roots. After straying so far into the action movie genre, the Fast and Furious series began to alienate its core fan base, and it seems the producers realized it at last. Beginning in Fast & Furious, the fourth movie in the series, it started moving further away from its focus on illegal street racing, attempting to go global.
The story has been leading up to a point where Vin Diesel’s cameo at the end of Tokyo Drift fits into the story more naturally, but in the meantime it lost the feeling that the series started with. It could be that the Fast & Furious 7 cast will feature some more Asian racers and “scenery” girls and feel more like the second half of Tokyo Drift, bringing the series to a satisfying conclusion.
— Tri Adi Atmoko (@Topi_Jerami) July 10, 2014
The return of Race Wars could be where Vin Diesel gains his notoriety in Tokyo, inspiring racers to step up their game and create drift races.
Could the combination of a return to Tokyo and over the top racing help boost the film to compete with Transformers 4‘s sales in China? What do you think of the Fast & Furious 7 cast bringing back Race Wars?
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