One of 2015’s most anticipated films, Furious 7, is set to take Vin Diesel’s street racing-turned vehicular heist movie series to a whole new level – with two separate action set pieces that feature cars flying through the air. One of Universal Pictures’ most successful franchises, the Fast and Furious series shows no signs of slowing down – as the studio is reportedly developing at least three more films after Furious 7.
Still, while the new installment is poised to break franchise box office records, it’s impossible to forget the passing of star Paul Walker – whose character, Brian O’Connor, will not be along for any further rides with Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and the rest of the Fast and Furious family. Previous trailers for the film have focused heavily on the outrageous automotive stunts audiences will be treated to in the upcoming installment but, following a truncated Super Bowl TV spot, the studio is finally unveiling a second full-length trailer for Furious 7 to give fans a better look at the cast and characters (including Walker/O’Connor) – as well as the film’s main villain Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham).
The new trailer places heavy emphasis on the threat that Shaw poses – following the death of his younger brother, Owen Shaw (Luke Evans), the antagonist of Fast and Furious 6. According to Luke Hobbs (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson), the elder Shaw is an ex-special forces assassin turned mercenary – a mercenary with, based on the trailer, a penchant for blowing up offices and homes. Driven by a vendetta against O’Connor and Toretto, Shaw looks set to punch, kick, and explode his way through the Fast and Furious crew, providing the team with a threat that isn’t just intelligent (like his brother) but also extremely dangerous in close quarters.
In addition to a brief appearance by new cast member Kurt Russell (who is expected to play a bigger role in the series going forward), the trailer provides several glimpses of Walker, brought to the big screen through a combination of the actor’s actual work, stand-ins (played by his brothers Caleb and Cody), as well as CGI overlays. Director James Wan (Insidious) was dealt a near-insurmountable and downright heartbreaking production hurdle with Walker’s untimely death, but thanks to a passionate and dedicated cast, the filmmaker looks set to provide the actor and his character with a fitting sendoff.
Sadly, Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift fans will have to wait for the next trailer for a full glimpse at returning protagonist Sean Boswell (played by Lucas Black), who is joining the team. Longtime Fast and Furious faithfuls will remember that the series timeline does not follow in step with the series’ numbered chronology. As a result, Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift (the third installment) actually takes place in between Fast and Furious 6 and Furious 7, tying the death of Tokyo Drift supporting player Han (Sung Kang) into the ongoing series after the character was included in Fast & Furious (4), Fast Five, as well as Fast and Furious 6. Specifically, at the end of Fast and Furious 6, it is revealed that Deckard Shaw was responsible for Han’s murder – the first victim in the vengeful brother’s campaign against Toretto.
Black is reportedly contracted for the next three chapters of the series (likely filling the void left by Walker), so it’s relatively safe to assume that, even though Boswell isn’t featured heavily in the marketing (yet), he’ll have a significant role to play in the film and the series going forward. That said, given that the film is being presented as “one last ride,” closing out several ongoing story threads, it’s possible that Shaw will manage to take out a few other members of the crew.
Will other family members fall in the team’s fight against Shaw? Fans will have to wait until the film releases on April 3rd to find out!
Furious 7 releases in theaters April 3, 2015.