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Fast X Director Louis Leterrier Talks Shocking Cameos & Stunt Surprises


Dominic Toretto faces his most dangerous enemy yet, Dante Reyes, who seeks revenge against Dom for the heist in Rio de Janeiro. Fast X features a star-studded cast, including Jason Momoa, Brie Larson, Rita Moreno, and more, along with surprise cameos by Dwayne Johnson and Gal Gadot. Director Louis Leterrier discusses the filming process and highlights the thrilling Rome scene and epic final set piece. The movie ends on a cliffhanger, with plans for two more films in the franchise.

Dominic Toretto faces his most dangerous enemy yet in Fast X with Dante Reyes, a monster of his own making. Dante has been studying Dom for years, ever since the heist in Rio de Janeiro, where his family’s fortune was stolen and his father was killed. Dante has been meticulously planning his revenge against Dom, which includes destroying his reputation and wiping out his family. Dom will need to team up with all of his allies and a few enemies to try and survive long enough to keep his family safe and hopefully take down Dante, whose only goal is to make Dominic Toretto suffer.

Fast and Furious stars Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Jason Statham, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, John Cena, Jordana Brewster, Nathalie Emmanuel, Sung Kang, Helen Mirren, and Charlize Theron reprise their roles in Fast X. Jason Momoa, Brie Larson, Rita Moreno, Daniela Melchior, Scott Eastwood, and Alan Ritchson join the Fast family in the tenth installment of this beloved action franchise. Fast X also included shocking cameos by Dwayne Johnson and Gal Gadot, whose character had up until now been thought to be dead. Louis Leterrier directed Fast X based on a screenplay penned by Justin Lin and Dan Mazeau based on a story by Lin, Mazeau, and Zach Dean.

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Screen Rant spoke with director Louis Leterrier for the home release of Fast X, as it will be available on Blu-ray and DVD on August 9. He broke down how they filmed the huge action sequence in Rome and discussed returning to the roots of the Fast and the Furious franchise. Leterrier also reveals that the Fast X cameos of Dwayne Johnson and Gal Gadot were always part of the plan.

Louis Leterrier Talks Fast X
Vin Diesel using a car door as a shield in Fast X

Thank you so much for joining me, man. I love Fast X. With the availability of bonus features and special editions on the home entertainment release, what can fans expect from the extras of Fast X?

Louis Leterrier: Well, quite different. Sometimes you see scenes that didn’t make it into the movie, this time a lot of our scenes, most of our scenes, were in the movie, we tightened them. So we had to come up with something else, and we actually really wanted to do something that had never been done before, which is a true look under the hood, pun intended, of how we make these movies, and especially these action set pieces. So, with Universal Home Entertainment, we created this virtual stage, where I was able to walk around and explain how a scene was shot, and what was shot for real, what was enhanced, where the actors were, how we organized everything.
Because, so much of Fast X, Fast and Furious in general, but Fast X was shot on location, practically… In Rome, for example, with a giant ball rolling down the streets, and then we set it on fire just to make it even more complicated. And then, yeah, so we did that. I must say, I must say, Joe, that was the hardest thing I’ve ever done, to be in front of the camera, syncing my lines to a ball… This is not my job, I’m just the guy who talks to the actors, talks to the crew, and then says, action and cut. This is-

That’s what I love about home entertainment releases, because I feel like it’s a little bit like going to film school. That scene in Rome was mind-blowing, by the way. It is so cool. Can you talk about any specific scenes or sequences in Fast X that you’re particularly proud of and you would recommend watching again on the Home Entertainment release?

Louis Leterrier: Yeah. Well, absolutely. I think that Rome scene is masterful. I say this, Spiro Razatos shot it, and he’s the second unit director that has shot so many Fast and Furious movies, and the dailies he gave me, the raw material he gave me, was so incredible. And the great thing is that I was able to put the actors in it, and have them come, and then shoot some actors in Rome, doing the real thing, and that was really great. It didn’t feel like anything. I love that we’re coming back to the car and the street racing, and we did some stuff in the middle…
There’s a party and a quarter-mile run, a little twisted quarter mile run with Dante, Jason Momoa’s character, has a little secret card up his sleeve. That was fun to shoot because I was able to do some of the car stuff, visual car stuff, that hadn’t been seen in Fast and Furious for a long, long time. And then I applied this to the final set piece, that was shot by Alexander Witt, another secondary director, and that was just this opera of action.
So, it’s like, if Wagner was composing a set piece, that’s what it would be. With the Valkyrie helicopters, the cars dropping from the sky, jumping, using… That stuff is incredible, with the final coup de grâce of Dante, where he traps Dom and how Dom is able to free himself from his claws. All that stuff was just so exciting to shoot, so exciting to put together, test with an audience, see the audience reaction. We made the Fast and Furious movie we all wanted to see. The crew, the cast, myself…

Dwayne The Rock Johnson as Hobbes in Fast X credits scene

The fans. I loved it.

Louis Leterrier: Yeah, we took tremendous pleasure in making this movie, I think that shows, and we wanted to welcome the audience behind the curtain a little bit, but not so much that we break the illusion. It’s still, this character still exists and it’s still amazing.

This is the only Fast and the Furious movie that really ends on a cliffhanger like this. Look, we know that there are two more movies coming out, right? Two more?

Louis Leterrier: Can’t tell.

If there are two more movies coming out, are they both mainline Fast movies, or is one of them a spinoff movie, or do we know anything about that yet? Or is it something you can’t talk about yet?

Louis Leterrier: Well, it’s not I can’t talk… I wish I knew exactly. We had plans and then the strike happened and we have to hold it until that’s resolved. But yeah, there are many characters now, many, many characters. So, we want to give true screen time, we want to pay out each character’s journey the greatest way possible. So, one movie’s not enough, two movies, let’s see, let’s keep it open. But the way we’re working, and that’s quite different from any other franchise or cinematic universe, is that we work one movie at a time.
We have the plan. We plan, we know where we’re going, but we put our best effort one movie at a time. That’s why these movies are so great, and thank you for saying that. But we put so much love and effort into one movie, because we’re really focused on this. We’re not like, we’ll give you 50% Fast and Furious movie, but the next one you’ll see, it’s amazing. No. This is 100%, and the next movie will be 100%, and the next movie will be 100%. So you really get the best of Fast and Furious movies every time you go see these movies or you get them.

After seeing that Rome scene and that end sequence in Fast X, I don’t know how you top that, Louis. So, if you’re giving me 100% for that next movie, I don’t even know what that looks like yet. That sounds incredible.

Louis Leterrier: Well, Joe, I think we have it beat.

This movie had some great cameos in it, especially with Gal Gadot and Dwayne Johnson returning. What inspired those two characters coming back, especially with Giselle being presumed dead?

Louis Leterrier: It was always in the cards; it was always planned. There’s a greater mythology that’s behind Fast and Furious, that now I literally entered this kingdom. I was the fan that just went… I met the Wizard of Oz, but the Wizard of Oz is actually a great wizard, and the Wizard of Oz knows exactly what he’s doing. And I know that plan, and that plan, this huge great arc that was thought of, and Giselle was always part of it, and Hobbs is part of it. What’s interesting now is that we all agree tonally what these movies are going to be, so we just have to, just a schedule thing now. It’s always the hard part. But yeah, we’re planning to deliver a Fast and Furious movie every couple of years.

About Fast X
Dom and Little B looking sideways from inside a car in Fast X

Dominic Toretto must protect his family from a new threat with ties to his past. Dante Reyes, son of Hernan Reyes from Fast Five, seeks revenge against Dominic for the loss of his family fortune and the death of his father. Dominic must pull his family together to protect each other from the most volatile threat they’ve faced yet.

Check out our tour of the Fast X car supervisor’s garage and other Fast X interviews here:

Fast X is available on digital now and will be available on DVD, 4K, and Blu-ray on August 8.

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Fast & Furious 11 Release Delay & Filming Start Date Confirmed By Director


Fast and Furious 11
is facing a release date delay to Summer 2026 due to strikes, with director Louis Leterrier confirming the sequel will not be hitting its April 4, 2025 date.
Leterrier also confirms that filming starts in Fall 2025 after finishing a horror movie in September.
The final installment in the
Fast Saga
reunites Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto for one last ride, while also leaving the door open for other spinoffs.

After facing multiple delays due to the 2023 SAG-AFTRA and Writers Guild of America strikes, Fast and Furious 11 is seeing its release date delayed. The next installment in the Vin Diesel-fronted franchise is expected to be the last mainline sequel, while development continues on the Dwayne Johnson-led spinoff Hobbs & Reyes, a mysterious standalone movie penned by Fast X’s Zach Dean and a potential female-led spinoff. While a filming start date was never confirmed, Universal had previously set the movie for an April 2025 release date.

During a recent interview with Collider at a CCXP MX panel, Louis Leterrier was asked for an update on Fast and Furious 11. The director went on to confirm that the final mainline installment in the action franchise will no longer be making its April 4, 2025 release date, instead now aiming for a Summer 2026 release window with the filming start date being set for this fall. Check out what Leterrier said below:

It’s happening. It’s happening very, very soon. I’m able to shoot a little horror movie this summer. I’m finishing my horror movie on September 15th, and I start Fast on September 16th.

Will Fast 11’s Multiple Delays Help Or Hurt The Sequel?

Much like the tenth film before it, Fast and Furious 11 has faced a few behind-the-scenes hardships in its road to getting off the ground, namely the delays stemming from the 2023 strikes. While the latest movie seems to have retained its core creative team in comparison to the shift in directors from franchise vet Justin Lin to Leterrier on Fast X after reported creative differences between the former and Diesel, this change didn’t seem to help much with the continued downward trend recent sequels have seen from critics. Check out how the franchise’s Rotten Tomatoes scores compare below:

Title RT Critical Score RT Audience Score The Fast and the Furious 54% 74% 2 Fast 2 Furious 37% 50% The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift 37% 69% Fast & Furious 28% 67% Fast Five 78% 83% Fast & Furious 6 71% 84% Furious 7 81% 82% The Fate of the Furious 67% 72% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw 67% 88% F9: The Fast Saga 59% 82% Fast X 56% 84%

Even looking outside the Fast and Furious franchise, many movie sequels have found themselves hurt by various delays, be they from creative changes, general release shifts or other factors. The action genre in particular is one in which lengthier development periods can lead to diminishing returns, be it A Good Day to Die Hard, Rambo: Last Blood or Diesel’s own xXx: The Return of Xander Cage. While Fast and Furious 11 may only be getting pushed back by a year, the delay is nonetheless a concern that the final installment could find itself in trouble.

Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) looking angry with Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) looking unimpressed in Fast & Furious

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On the other hand, the longer wait for Fast and Furious 11 to close out the mainline series of movies could actually prove beneficial for the sequel. Though Leterrier may be busy with another project in the lead-up to filming the next installment, writers Oren Uziel and Christina Hodson should now have more than enough time to really look back at the script and ensure it learns from the critical missteps of recent installments to deliver a satisfying conclusion to the Dominic Toretto saga.

Source: Collider

Fast and Furious 11 temp poster Fast and Furious 11 Fast and Furious 11 is the final movie in the Fast Saga. It reunites Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto with the rest of the cast for one last ride. However, the franchise is open for spinoff films like Hobbs & Shaw afterward.Director Louis Leterrier Release Date April 4, 2025 Distributor(s) Universal Pictures Writers Christina Hodson , Oren Uziel

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Vin Diesel Already Has His Perfect Fast & Furious Replacement Franchise With 51-Year-Old Remake


Vin Diesel’s dominance in Fast & Furious is ending, but Kojak could kick off a new action franchise for him.
Kojak’s reboot faces an uncertain future, but its similarity to Fast & Furious makes it a worthy project for Diesel.
Diesel’s potential shift from criminal racer to cop signifies a fresh start in a possible Fast & Furious-like series.

Vin Diesel’s days of playing Dominic Toretto are numbered, but the actor has already found his perfect Fast & Furious replacement. Diesel found a major breakout role in the early 2000s thanks to participating in The Fast and the Furious. The original 2001 street racing crime movie became the springboard for a sprawling franchise that has lasted for over two decades. The success of the Fast & Furious movies transformed Vin Diesel’s career, turning him into an even bigger star, especially in the action movie genre. But, Fast & Furious 11 is planned as the final chapter for him and the franchise.

The Fast & Furious franchise’s end will put Vin Diesel in an unfamiliar position of not having a major franchise to lean back on. This presents the actor with various options, such as changing the course of his career to pursue non-franchise roles. However, the more likely outcome is that Diesel will attempt to find a new IP that can replace Fast & Furious. He has had trouble in that regard recently, with franchises like xXx or Riddick running cold and Bloodshot and The Last Witch Hunter failing to launch franchises. There is another option for Diesel, though.

2:03 Vin Diesel as Dominic Toretto from The Fast & Furious Franchise

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Kojak Can Be Vin Diesel’s New Action Crime Franchise After Fast & Furious
Diesel Has Been Developing The Reboot Since 2015

The impending conclusion of the Fast & Furious franchise means it is finally time for Vin Diesel’s Kojak reboot to get off the ground. The project was announced back in 2015 with Diesel re-teaming with Universal Pictures, the studio behind Fast & Furious, to develop a movie based on Kojak. The original TV series starred Telly Savalas as Theo Kokaj and ran for three seasons after debuting in 1973. The series revolves around Kojak, a New York detective known for being willing to go beyond the law and a love for cars and lollipops, and follows him as he investigates different cases.

Kojak was rebooted in 2005 as a TV show starring Ving Rhames, but it only ran for six episodes

Development on Vin Diesel’s Kojak movie has not been very active in the nine years since it was announced. However, it still maintains the base similarities to Fast & Furious, which makes the project a worthwhile endeavor for Diesel in terms of finding a new action franchise. He would now have another big action series about cars and crime, essentially making Kojak into a newer version of Fast & Furious. The irony here is that Diesel takes on the role of a cop after playing criminal racer Dominic Toretto.

Vin Diesel’s Involvement Can Morph Kojak Into A Major Action Franchise
Kojak Could Be A Fast & Furious Clone
Telly Savalas talking on the phone in Kojak

Looking at the original TV show, Kojak might not necessarily project to be a major blockbuster action franchise akin to Fast & Furious. The TV series was relatively grounded and small due to the nature of its production. However, the fact that Diesel and Universal pinpointed this property as something they wanted to revive together is telling. The announcement of Kojak’s reboot came months after Furious 7 debuted in theaters and took the franchise to new heights at the box office and in terms of how ridiculously big the action and story could get.

It’s sometimes difficult to remember that Fast & Furious started off with a story about DVD thieves who were also street racers before Diesel helped turn it into something much bigger. With that experience and success already behind him, it would be understandable if a similar path was envisioned for Kojak. The series could then morph into a Fast & Furious clone, one that gives Vin Diesel a new franchise to headline and Universal a “fresh” action franchise to grow.

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The Rock’s WWE Run Means Fast & Furious 11 Must Make 1 Major Hobbs Change


Hobbs from Fast & Furious 11 needs a gritty edge like The Rock’s WWE character to keep the franchise fresh and exciting.
The Rock’s time away from the Fast & Furious universe provides the perfect reason for Hobbs to return with a personal vendetta and a more savage attitude.
While Hobbs shouldn’t become a full-fledged villain in Fast & Furious 11, adding some edginess and dirty tricks could make his character more intriguing and dynamic.

Fast & Furious 11 must make one major Hobbs change after The Rock’s incredible WWE run. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s WWE return surpassed his recent movies, with the actor creating some of the best work of his career. Having returned to a thunderous reception, The Rock was able to flip the crowd’s reception by becoming a heel and playing a major part in WrestleMania’s main events. The Rock hasn’t played a villain on screen for years, as even his depiction of Black Adam lent more into the character’s anti-hero side, which made his wrestling run all the more refreshing.

While his wrestling character may not perfectly translate into the Fast & Furious universe, there is one aspect of The Rock’s WWE run that the franchise should attempt to implement. After debuting in Fast Five, The Rock’s best Fast & Furious scenes helped contribute to the movie series becoming so popular, with Luke Hobbs becoming an instrumental part of the story. He was even given his own spinoff alongside Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) and is set to get a solo movie in the future. Despite this, Hobbs would still benefit from adding one key aspect of The Rock’s WWE run.

The Rock’s WWE Run Proves Fast & Furious 11 Needs To Give Hobbs More Of An Edge
Fast & Furious Would Benefit From Hobbs Adopting Some Of The Rock’s WWE Tendancies
Dwayne The Rock Johnson in Black Adam, WWE, and Hobbs and Shaw

Given how electrifying The Rock’s recent WWE run was, there is no doubt Fast & Furious 11 needs to give Hobbs more of an edge. Although the character has had his more serious moments, like most of the Fast & Furious cast, Hobbs tends to mix action with comedy. Hobbs and Shaw are supposed to be two of the more stoic heroes, yet they are constantly at each other’s throats and cracking jokes to help maintain the franchise’s lighthearted core. However, giving Hobbs a grittier side would help the character thrive upon his return.

The Rock’s Fast & Furious return may redeem Fast X’s box office, but the character needs to come back stronger than ever. By allowing him to be more ruthless, he can still maintain some elements of comedy but also become more interesting in the process. Johnson proved that despite being a detestable heel, he was still as hilarious as ever during his recent WWE tenure. This proves that he can maintain Fast & Furious’ tone and humorous style while being more layered; therefore, Hobbs adopting some of The Rock’s WWE characteristics could make him even more entertaining.

Fast & Furious Already Has A Reason For Hobbs To Be More Savage
Hobbs Has Been Away From The Franchise For Several Years

Making a major change to Hobbs’ character could be tough to explain, but Fast & Furious 11 already has a great reason to make him more savage. His four-year absence from the franchise gives him a perfect excuse to come back with a vengeance and potentially have a personal attachment to Fast & Furious 11’s villains. Hobbs’ time away from the main story could be explained through a connection to Fast X’s secondary villain, Aimes. Aimes’ villain twist in Fast X was well executed and suggests he’ll be around for the sequel, which is the perfect reason to bring back Hobbs.

Having a more personal story with one of the villains could allow Hobbs to continue his great quips and one-liners, but it would also give him more of an edge.

Fast X never explained why he’s back, but having a personal vendetta against Aimes could be an intriguing reason. Given Dom and Dante are the focal point of the franchise’s conclusion, Hobbs returning to take down Aimes would avoid overshadowing the main story while still giving him an interesting role. Having a personal story with one of the villains could allow Hobbs to continue his great quips and one-liners, while also giving him more of an edge. This provides The Rock with the perfect reason to implement some of his heel traits while still portraying a morally good hero.

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Why Fast & Furious Can’t Bring The Rock Back As A Villain
Hobbs Already Appeared As An Antagonist In Fast Five
A custom image featuring Dwayne Johnson as Luke Hobbs in the Fast and Furious movies Custom image by Debanjana Chowdhury

Although The Rock’s villainous tendencies worked well in the WWE, Fast & Furious can’t bring him back as an antagonist. Johnson already played the main villain of Fast Five, as Hobbs was originally an enemy of Dom and his crew before becoming an ally. Hobbs’ role in Fast Five was one of his best, but despite being the main antagonist, he always had a level of integrity. Dropping all of this to make him a villain in the final movie would be completely unnecessary, especially as the franchise needs him to remain a hero for his spinoff.

Fast & Furious 11 may end the main story, but The Rock will be part of the franchise beyond this, and altering his character so drastically wouldn’t make any sense. Instead, adding some extra edge to his character would have the same effect and would avoid stealing the thunder from Dante and Aimes. Although Fast & Furious 11 shouldn’t make him a villain, the film can still allow Hobbs to play dirty and pull some cheap tricks in order to show a grittier side, while letting him taunt his enemies when he inevitably helps save the day.

Fast & Furious 11
is scheduled to be released in theaters on April 4, 2025.

Fast and Furious 11 temp poster Fast and Furious 11 Fast and Furious 11 is the final movie in the Fast Saga. It reunites Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto with the rest of the cast for one last ride. However, the franchise is open for spinoff films like Hobbs & Shaw afterward.Director Louis Leterrier Release Date April 4, 2025 Distributor(s) Universal Pictures Writers Christina Hodson , Oren Uziel

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