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10 Times Roman Was The Smartest Character In The Room

In the Fast and Furious series, Rome is the scapegoat of the team. He is always getting laughed at when he’s too scared to do the ridiculous stunts that are expected of him, and he’s ignored when he questions anything that requires questioning.

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While he does come off as the idiot of the group, now and then he has some brilliant ideas, some of the best ideas in the entire franchise. Between the infamous birthday routine in Furious 7, plotting to rescue Ramsey, and asking some deeply philosophical questions, Roman has proved on several occasions that he’s smarter than the rest of the family.

Cheating The FBI

The car scramble that leads to the boast chase in 2 Fast 2 Furious

Rome’s comedic potential in 2 Fast 2 Furious is a highlight but even dating back to his first appearance in the series, he still had some good ideas. After he had been forced by Brian to go on the undercover job with him for the FBI and had been treated terribly ever since the job began, Rome came up with the plan to take some of Carter Verone’s laundered money.
It might have seemed like petty theft, but as the FBI was sending him on a mission where jail time was almost unavoidable, as the local police were on their tail, he was opportunistic in the best way possible. And in the end, it all worked out for him, as Agent Markham knew he had taken some of the cash, but he let it go unnoticed.

Questioning The Car Sky Dive

A car dropping out of a plane in Furious 7

In real life, every single character would have plummeted to their death, getting crushed by the very cars they were sky diving in, and Rome pointed out exactly that in Furious 7. He spoke with the gang about the potential (or certain) perils that could come with a stunt like skydiving in a car, but the crew decided not to listen.
In the end, even when he was on the plane and decided against reversing out, Rome had no other choice, as Tej made him do it against his will. It was one of the many examples that Tej bullied Rome, and it’s made even worse because Rome was well within his rights not to jump.

Doesn’t Want To Risk His Life For A Revenge Scheme

Dom leading his men into battle in Fast Five.

Fast Five is a tentpole entry in the series for bringing back all of the characters from the previous movies, and one of the faces fans were most excited to see was Rome’s. However, after Dom explained the revenge scheme to the new team, Rome wasn’t on board, citing that the plan was personal, not business.
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Rome was right in every way, as the “business, not personal” approach has been a phrase uttered by criminals for decades. Feelings and emotions could very well put the mission in jeopardy. However, the character was convinced when Dom told Rome what was in it for him, as they’d be driving away from Rio to the tune of $100 million.

Questioning Why He’s Still Alive

Two helicopters chase a car through a minefield in Fast and Furious 9

There’s a lot to take in with F9, whether it’s Han’s return or going into space, but one thing fans loved about F9 was just how self-aware it was. Rome was essentially the voice of the audience in the newly released movie, as he questioned why any of the crew could possibly still be alive after everything they’ve been through.
The epiphany comes after he sees his outfit riddled with bullet holes but he miraculously hasn’t been shot, and he even goes on to ponder whether or not they could be superheroes. Once again, despite making more sense than anyone, he is laughed at and bullied out of the room by Tej and Ramsey.

The Birthday Routine

Dom Toretto and his team in Abu Dhabi in Furious 7

Furious 7 is one of the most fun movies in the Fast & Furious saga, and it’s largely thanks to Rome. In a sequence full of cars crashing through skyscrapers and hand-to-hand combat fights, Rome still steals the show with his birthday routine. After first being put down by Ramsey after she tells him to “Do whatever it is you do,” he is tasked with causing a distraction.
Rome stands on a stage and pretends it’s someone’s birthday, talking his mouth off like he usually does into a microphone. Tej puts him down once again, acting as if it’s a dumb routine, but there’s a method to Rome’s madness, and it works better than any plan than anybody else could have come up with.

The Plan To Save Ramsey Was Made By Rome

Ramsey drives a truck as she pursues Otto in F9

Earlier on in Furious 7, when the gang has been hired by Mr. Nobody to free Ramsey from captivity, it’s Rome who takes the reigns on coming up with the plan. Dom’s crew have had some bad plans in the past, but Rome’s plan to attack the convoy was what the whole gang went with.
It was the first in the series that anybody seriously listened to Rome and acknowledged what he said and even acted on it. Rome may have taken the lead because he was feeling inferior, as one of Mr. Nobody’s men was leading the plan, but Rome still made more sense and came out rather heroic too.

Being Suspicious Of Monica

Brain stares at Monica as he he speeds down the road in 2 Fast 2 Furious

In 2 Fast 2 Furious, Rome was suspicious of undercover agent Monica Fuentes from the very beginning, and he was right to be. Though Monica turned out to have their backs in the end, and she even warned them that Carter was planning on killing them after they had delivered the money, she still got them into as much trouble.
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Rome and Brian were held at gunpoint because Monica visited Brian on the boat, and Brian’s obsession with her caused a lot more problems and tension than there needed to be. Rome warned Brian not to get involved with her from the beginning, as Brian’s obsession with a woman had gotten in the way in the past in The Fast and The Furious too.

Coming Up With The Space Idea

Fast and Furious 9 Tej and Roman in space car

How they managed to get back down to Earth raises so many more questions than it should, but the way they got up there all started with a plan from Roman. It’s this very idea that made Rome the true hero of F9, not Dom.
Though the idea may have been completely rhetorical when Rome plotted to take a rocket car into orbit, it was the idea that Dom went with, and it was the idea that saved thousands of people too. The physics of a car in space makes no sense, but Rome’s involvement in the plan made it so much more fun than it should have been, and the sense of it all didn’t matter one iota.

Trying To Bring Everyone Down To Earth

Rome plays with Tej's homemade harpoon in Fast & Furious 6

It’s clear that Tej and Rome are really BFFs, as they began their Fast & Furious journey together in 2 Fast 2 Furious and they’re almost inseparable. However, there’s no denying that Tej bullies Rome to no end, and that reached its peak in Fast & Furious 6 when Tej called Rome Scooby-Doo.
All Rome was trying to do was explain how out of hand the mission was getting with cars flying through the sky, and he was trying to talk some sense into Tej, Gisele, and Han, but they all just ended up laughing at him again. Though ironically, Rome would fly into space three movies later, he was the one figuratively trying to bring everyone back down to Earth.

Convincing Tej To Do What’s Best For The Greater Good

The rocket car flies into space in Fast and Furious 9

Tej and Rome’s comedic dynamic continued in F9, but when they were isolated together in a small rocket car gliding through space, things got serious for a moment. When the duo knew that they were out of time to pull off their plan, the only other option was to go on a suicide mission by smashing through a satellite.
It was Rome who convinced Tej to do it for the greater good after giving a courageous speech about everything they’ve been through together. But, of course, it wasn’t a suicide mission at all, as the pair landed back on Earth without a single scratch in sight.
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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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