After dominating at the box office, Fast & Furious is all set to conquer reality with a live show. While the Fast & Furious franchise started out modestly enough, its cult following helped to launch the careers of a number of actors. With the franchise's fifth outing, however, it began transforming itself into a global juggernaut. And while this summer's Fate of the Furious didn't blow away the domestic box office, its international haul alone broke the $1 billion mark.
With a globe-trotting sensibility and a cast with a diversity rare for an action series, Fast & Furious has been able to reach audiences in countries all around the world. As such, it's not likely to slow down anytime soon. The ninth and tenth movies have already been greenlit, and there's talk of spinoffs centering on Dwayne Johnson's character Hobbs. Back in February, we also learned that a live stunt show was in the works for next year—and now it has a very familiar star.
Vin Diesel took to his Facebook page to share the news that he'll be starring in the live Fast & Furious show. The performance will first come to the O2 Arena in London before traveling to cities around the world. Check out Diesel's full announcement:
While live stunt shows are nothing new, Diesel claims the Fast & Furious one will do something that's never been done before. Likely, this is just empty rhetoric and posturing, but it's possible the experience could experiment with new concepts.
The Fast & Furious franchise has always relied heavily on practical effects, despite its grandiose set pieces, so seeing things unfold live could be interesting. When the show was announced, there was no indication it would come with Diesel's star power. So, with the actor joining the event as Dom Toretto, the performance will likely be a must see for fans of the franchise.
In the meantime, there's been little movement on Fast & Furious 9. So far, Michelle Rodriguez, Charlize Theron, and director F. Gary Gray have all been hesitant to confirm their involvement. Still, the directors have changed over the years and the ensemble is constantly in flux. Things will probably begin solidifying soon, and we'll have more news about the continuation of the franchise. Until then, the Fast & Furious live show sounds like it will work as a holdover for fans.
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