The Fast & Furious franchise has already proven its vigor as a cash-cow blockbuster franchise, but after six installments there are some new and very serious questions hanging over the next movie, Fast & Furious 7. The franchise was revitalized by director Justin Lin - who helmed the series from Tokyo Drift through F&F6 - but Lin left due to a rushed turnaround in production, and director James Wan (Death Sentence, The Conjuring) took his place.
While fans remain skeptic about a celebrated horror director taking over a blockbuster action franchise, Wan is apparently joining the list of directors who are masterminding their own viral marketing promotion via social media - and he's doing it in a big way.
Check out the image Wan posted via Twitter, revealing the new hot ride of the villain who will terrorize Dom (Vin Diesel), Brian (Paul Walker) and the rest of the gang in Fast & Furious 7:
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My villain drives a hot set of wheels. #astonmartin #fast7
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As captioned in the photo, the car in question is an Aston Martin (we'll leave it to you F&F gearheads to identify the particular make and model). Presumably the car will be driven by Jason Statham's character, Ian Shaw, the brother of Owen Shaw (Luke Evans), the villain who Dom and Co. put down in F&F6.
A button scene at the end of part 6 tied the series together with spinoff story of Tokyo Drift, and introduced Ian Shaw as a mastermind threat who is not afraid to get his hands (or his car) dirty with a little vehicular homicide. But unlike his brother Owen's utilitarian car designs, Ian Shaw looks like he truly does ride in style; seeing him wreck the car in that photo would be a bit of horror for hot-rodders Wan is trying to win over. So don't be surprised if that's exactly what happens.
Fast & Furious 7 will bring back Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez, Dwayne Johnson, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson and Tokyo Drift star Lucas Black - while introducing franchise newcomers like Djimon Hounsou, Tony Jaa and Kurt Russell.
What do you think of the car?
Fast & Furious 7 will be in theaters on July 11, 2014.
Header Image courtesy of Vin Experience
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