Fast 8 has been grabbing headlines lately, thanks to rumors of on-set clashes between stars Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Vin Diesel. While there’s even more recent rumors that the butting of heads may all be an elaborate hoax to set up a future Wrestlemania fight, we also know star Jason Statham has been staying out of this ego-driven battle of the brawn (or playing his part in the performance beautifully). But amidst that news comes an unexpected confirmation: watching Statham and Diesel come to blows can no longer get any more awesome.
Furious 7 featured a climatic battle between Diesel’s Dom Toretto and Statham’s Deckard Shaw that saw these two unlikely knights square off with wrenches and scrap metal as weapons. Thanks to the magic of the Internet, we can now watch an even more epic version of this battle, as special effects have allowed us to see this fight carried out with their very own lightsabers. This ain’t your parents’ Star Wars, we know that much.
As you can see, YouTube user ImmersionVFX has done a great job of subbing lightsabers into this battle, making what was perceived by some (okay, us) as one of the greatest cinematic showdowns since Charlton Heston and a society of apes even grander in scale. Bryan Tyler’s “Battle of the Titans” track from Furious 7‘s score builds up the battle in operatic fashion, so it’s great (and inherently silly) to see a brawl that continues to match that tone.
Plus, the classic lightsaber sound effects always go a long way in making something feel that much more authentic in practice.
This isn’t the first film to be modified with fan-created special effects and it certainly won’t be the last. That said, it’s one joke that has yet to get old. As is now known, Diesel is a big on listening to his fans (it’s what resulted in Johnson being brought on board for Fast Five instead of Tommy Lee Jones). So with two more sequels planned following Fast 8, it would honestly surprise no one to see the tenth (obviously, we’re suggesting “Fast X”) finally take Dom and his crew into outer space.
Would it be ridiculous to see Dominic Torreto cracking jokes about lightsabers as he cracks open a bottle of Corona? Absolutely. But that’s par for the course for the Fast & Furious franchise, which has somehow managed to get sillier as well as better with each installment. And to those who would claim such a move would be ‘jumping the shark,’ we’d remind them that’s a bold statement given the number of things these characters have already jumped with their vehicles.
Also keep in mind how amazing it would be to see a climactic space battle featuring Diesel, Statham, Dame Helen Mirren, The Rock and Ludacris, of course. Now let that image burn itself into your brain, and tell us we’re wrong. Time will just have to tell on how all this plays out. For now, just enjoy this fan-created lightsaber battle.
Fast 8 opens in U.S. theaters on April 17th, 2017, followed by Fast and Furious 9 on April 19th, 2019, and Fast and Furious 10 on April 2nd, 2021.