Fast and Furious 7 has officially been renamed!
Universal Pictures recently announced that the seventh installment of the hit Fast & Furious franchise will not be Fast and Furious 7 after all, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The new movie title basically drops the “Fast” and leaves the “Furious” – Furious 7.
Along with confirming the new title, the official Fast and Furious Facebook page announced on Sunday that the Furious 7 trailer launch event is scheduled for November 1st.
“The road to FURIOUS 7 starts here. Because of our fans, our saga has grown bigger and better with every chapter. In just 7 days, we will reveal the first trailer for our next installment – FURIOUS 7 – at The Road to Furious 7: Trailer Launch Event at Universal Studios in Los Angeles!”
They also revealed the first official Furious 7 poster – featuring (from left to right) The Rock, Michelle Rodriguez, Paul Walker, Vin Diesel, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges & Jordana Brewster.
SPOILER ALERT: Here are some of the rumors about the plot for Furious 7 that have already been revealed to the public.
1) Paul Walker Is Still There: Reports have confirmed that Paul Walker will be featured as a lead role in the film. Even with the rewrites and delayed shooting schedule, the crew and director James Wan decided to keep Paul Walker in the film. Therefore, many of the scenes that Paul Walker shot while he was still alive (including the funeral scene) will more than likely be featured in the final cut. A report from Entertainment Weekly confirmed that Paul Walker “had already shot his dramatic scenes and most of his action” before he died in a fatal car crash last November.
2) Paul Walker Keeps It In The Family: Paul Walker’s brothers, Caleb and Cody, were brought on board earlier this year to “complete some remaining action for their brother and fill in small gaps left in production,” according to the official Facebook page for the movie franchise.
3) Brian O’Conner Will Not Die: Paul Walker’s character will not be killed off in Furious 7. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Paul Walker’s character (Brian O’Conner) will be “retired.” Therefore, fans and critics do not have to wonder about the death of Brian O’Conner occurring during this film – regardless of what happens in the story. The changes that were made in order to allow this to happen without any complications or plot holes required additional scenes to be written and filmed. However, by delaying the release of the movie, the cast and crew were able to get the job done.
4) The Franchise Comes Full Circle: Furious 7 will connect Fast and Furious 6 to Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift. Keep in mind that Han’s death was originally featured in Tokyo Drift. Therefore, by working into the end credits of Fast and Furious 6, the franchise finally catches up with Tokyo Drift and moves forward from there. It also allows viewers to realize that Han’s death was not an accident after all.
5) The Return of Sean Boswell: You can’t talk about Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift without talking about Sean Boswell – Han’s protege and the lead character of the 2006 film. In an article published by Screen Rant in September 2013, it was confirmed that actor Lucas Black (aka Sean Boswell) will be reintroduced into the mix for Fast and Furious 7.
6) Furious 7 is a Revenge Movie: Director James Wan spilled the beans on that spoiler in an interview published by The Playlist.
“I really like the theme…I can’t really talk about it, but I like the theme; it’s one that I really relate to. Then there’s the drive of Number Seven, which was set up at the end of Number Six, which is a classic revenge story.”
This also goes right along with the brief Furious 7 film summary featured on the Fast and Furious Wiki page.
“After learning of Han’s death, Dominic Toretto and his crew travels to Tokyo, where they meet and race Sean Boswell, the drift king and a friend of Han. Teaming up with Sean and a few new allies, Dominic and the crew set out to avenge their comrade and found themselves put against the man who murdered Han – Ian Shaw, the older brother of Owen Shaw and leader of a ruthless secret illegal street racing mob organization.”
Not only is Dominic Toretto and the gang seeking to avenge the tragic death of Han, but you also have to keep in mind that Ian Shaw is seeking to avenge the tragic death of his own brother – Owen. That particular side of the revenge spectrum was also referenced in the leaked footage of the funeral scene from the movie in which Tej Parker (played by Ludacris) states that they are being “hunted,” according to International Business Times.
7) The Cast Gets Even Bigger: The cast of Furious 7 is even bigger and better than you might think. In addition to bringing Lucas Black back to the Fast and Furious scene, Furious 7 will introduce quite a few new faces as well – including Kurt Russell, Tony Jaa, Djimon Hounsou and Jason Statham. At least a few of those names will probably help to make up the “ruthless secret illegal street racing mob organization” that is being led by Ian Shaw (Jason Statham).
James Wan has already said that Furious 7 “is definitely the hardest movie I’ve had to do in my career.”
On April 3, 2015, when Furious 7 is finally released in theaters in the United States, all Fast and Furious fans and critics will be able to determine if Wan’s hard work paid off.