The Fast and the Furious franchise continues to defy expectations. What started off as Point Break with cars is now a juggernaut action series with a sprawling ensemble and a twisty timeline that would make Jonathan Nolan pause. The last film, Furious 7, made over $1.5 billion worldwide, and the series is still accelerating, with another trilogy of movies (at least) still to come.
The eighth movie in the franchise is due next year and will have its first trailer drop later today, although it's definitely already managed to stand out in the recent trailer blitz with just a trailer teaser (the past week or so saw new footage from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Transformers: The Last Knight, Baywatch, Spider-Man: Homecoming and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes). Of course, that's mostly because of a totally out-of-left-field title change: even in a series whose first sequel is called 2 Fast 2 Furious, The Fate of the Furious (F8, F-eight, Fate, geddit?) really is seriously - and suitably - bonkers.
Ahead of the full trailer, the official Fast and Furious Twitter account has released a new poster for the film. Simple in design, it proclaims "Family no more" above a shot of Vin Diesel's Dominic Toretto and Dwayne Johnson's Hobbs facing away from each other and looking incredibly serious. "Family" has become the series' core mantra, so you know things are going to get seriously macho and emotional this time around.
This would seem to confirm that the alleged fall out between the two stars is indeed a protracted marketing stunt - back in August, Johnson posted a rant on Instagram aimed directly at his "candy asses" of costars, sparking intense rumors of a rift between him and Diesel. Even then there were suggestions it was an elaborate trick, and now we know the pair's characters are going to be coming to blows it's too elegant to not be staged, especially given how front-and-centre it is in the marketing.
Even if the film is going to be dealing heavily with Toretto losing his family unit, that's not the only thing threatening the crew. Charlize Theron is the film's main, mysterious antagonist, Cipher, sending the gang on a globe-trotting adventure that explores Cuba, New York City, and the Arctic. She'll no doubt get more of a look in the new footage, but it's not too surprising the poster is leaning on a more internal conflict given its high publicity and how affectionately fans hold the core F&F cast.
The poster's Twitter reveal additionally confirmed when the trailer will air; at 5:05pm PST/8:05pm EST during NBC's Sunday Night Football. Check back then for more The Fate of the Furious goodness.
Source: Fast and Furious
- The Fate of the Furious (2017) release date: Apr 14, 2017
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