The Fast & Furious series has managed to captivate audiences throughout the 15 plus years it’s been hitting the big screen, with the original movie debuting all the way back in 2001 and evolving drastically ever since. Fast-forward to the present day and the series has become the biggest franchise in Universal’s history and one of the most popular film brands worldwide.
With the latest addition to the franchise – now titled The Fate of the Furious (previously Fast 8) – right around the corner, the movie company will be looking to add to that success. Though the late Paul Walker of course won’t be making a return, most of the main cast that have been dotted through the seven movies to-date is back for the 8th installment, despite a reported on-set feud between actors Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Vin Diesel.
Following a video teaser that hyped the arrival of the first Fate of the Furious trailer (much like the people behind Furious 7 did to sell the trailer debut for that movie), we can now bring you the official first trailer for the movie, released via the official various social media accounts that belong to the series.
Most of what we see in the trailer is complete chaos and destruction, with the big-budget movie clearly putting everything they have into special effects that have become the norm for the Fast & Furious franchise. It also manages to showcase some of the main plotline we’ll be following in the film, with Vin Diesel’s character Dominic Toretto seemingly brainwashed by new antagonist, Cipher (Charlize Theron), betraying his family and putting the lives of his former loved ones at risk. The trailer seems to hint that Cipher is able to get right into the mind of Dom, but is he really under her control, or is he playing her because of something major she’s got on him?
Seeing the Fast & Furious family unit begin to crumble is going to be an emotional rollercoaster for all those who have followed this series from day one. It seems more likely than ever that the ‘on set feud’ between Dwayne Johnson and Vin Diesel was actually a marketing stunt, teasing fans about what would happen between the pair’s respective big screen characters.
Of course, with this being the eighth movie in the franchise, there’s every chance a real split in the core group of characters would send super-fans in the wrong direction and away from the series. If Dom’s villainous turn is a permanent one, this could be a change too far for some. For many however, it’s the type of twist that the series needed to ensure compelling stories moving forward.