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10 Times Tej Made More Sense Than Anyone

Over the years, Dom’s crew has grown and grown in the Fast and Furious series, recruiting outcasts with their own special skills. Sometimes the gang even doubles down, as there are now multiple members who are expert hackers and skilled in martial arts. But out of all of them, Tej is one of the smarter characters, as he has even outsmarted Dom and Brian in some cases.

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If it wasn’t for Tej, the gang would have been killed multiple times over, and they certainly wouldn’t have been successful in the bank heist in Fast Five. Between being multilingual, the most level-headed, and a hacking genius, Tej has come a long way from the street racing hustler he once was in Miami.

Making Money Off The Top of Street Races

Tej speaks with Brian before a race in 2 Fast 2 Furious

Tej wouldn’t win the Hunger Games, but he’d make a lot of money acting as a bookie for the elite betting on who would win. When audiences first met Tej Parker in 2 Fast 2 Furious, he was living in Miami making money off the top of illegal street races and even jet ski races.
He was smarter than to bet his own money or even risk his life by racing himself, and he instead worked as a middle man and a bookie, arranging the races. It was an easy life for Tej, and it’s almost as if Dom and Brian ruined his life by inviting him to Rio, as it’s been one death-defying adventure after the next ever since.

He Had The Idea Of Living A Quiet Life Before Brian

Roman visits Tej at his garage in Fast Five

Dom is inspired by Brian’s decision to hang up his cape by retiring from the adventures and leaving the gang behind in Furious 7. In F9, Dom does the same thing, choosing a quiet life on a farm over the globe-trotting exploits of the crew. However, Brian gets too much credit for that idea, as it was Tej who first wanted that as far back as Fast Five.
When discussing what they were each going to do with their $10 million, Tej said all he wanted was to open a garage and work on cars for a living. He was ridiculed by Rome, but other characters have followed suit in the time since. It doesn’t make much sense, as Tej already owned a garage in Miami, but it’s the boldest decision any of them made at that point.

Speaking Portuguese And Spanish

Tej spits out his drink at the BBQ in Fate of the Furious

A few members of Dom’s crew are bilingual, as Han can speak Japanese and Gisele has shown that she can speak a little Cantonese too, but Tej can speak three languages. He has shown his multilingualism on several occasions, as he can speak both Portuguese and Spanish.
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Of the main crew who have been present for all the movies since Fast Five, nobody else has been able to speak with the natives of Spanish-speaking countries except for Tej. Dom tries, but all he really knows in Spanish is “la familia.” Though Don and Tego, the two prison bandits who were in Fast and Furious and part of the crew in Fast Five, could speak Spanish, that was their native language.

Saving Rome’s Life On The Ice

Tej drives a tank on the ice in Fate of the Furious

There have been so many occasions where Tej has borderline bullied Rome, as he always makes fun of his idiocy and mocks his plans, but they’re really like brothers at heart. In Fate of the Furious, when they’re taking on a giant submarine, Rome is driving a Lamborghini but sinks below the ice.
For a moment, it looks like Rome is a goner, but Tej saves him by launching a lampoon at the door of the Lambo, and Rome is pulled out of the ice. Nobody in the crew has that same kind of ability to think logically under pressure as Tej did, and it’s one of the many examples of Rome and Tej being BFFs.

Hacking Into Reyes’ Safe

Dom and Brian dragging large metal vault with their cars in Fast Five

The giant set piece of Fast Five is the vault that is being dragged across Rio by Brian and Dom in two muscle cars. It’s a spectacle and the start of the trend of high-octane stunts in the series. But though that was the exciting part, there’s no way Brian and Dom would have been able to access the $100 million that’s inside of it.
Though Reyes’ vault can’t be opened without a handprint, Tej was still able to hack into the computer and open the safe. However, it’s another part of the Fast and Furious series that doesn’t make sense, as he was just a mechanic last time audiences saw him.

His Sky Dive Idea

A car dropping out of a plane in Furious 7

Knowing that there was way too much security around Mose Jakande’s base for them to simply sneak in, the crew had to come up with a plan to stealthily make it in there. It was Tej’s brilliant idea to drop into the base from the sky, skydiving in cars with parachutes. It’s the most Fast and Furious-like plan that there has ever been, and it made sense.
The car skydive was one of the best plans the crew had, and it worked, as they freed Ramsey from captivity without alerting any kind of security. But it was again another excuse for Tej to bully Roman when he was too scared to jump.

Hacking Into The Etihad Towers

Brian and Dom drive out of the top of the Etihad Tower

Another epic moment in the series comes when Brian and Dom steal a supercar at the top of a skyscraper in Dubai and crash it through two other buildings. But that again wouldn’t have happened if not for Tej. Brian and Dom were ultimately useless in the scene, as they not only couldn’t unlock the Lykan HyperSport, but they caused hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of damage too.
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Tej was the real hero, because he was the one who hacked into the Etihad Towers and unlocked the prince’s vault. That isn’t the only time that Tej flexes his skills in front of the gang in the movie, as Furious 7 sees him at the top of his hacking game. Later in the movie, with help from Ramsey, Tej hacks God’s Eye to regain control of it.

Inventing A New Harpoon That Uses Nos

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

In Fast and Furious 6, Tej designs and builds a harpoon launcher that would later be imperative to saving the gang’s lives. Rome thinks it’s nothing but a toy, but he later learns that it can cause some serious damage after almost killing Han and Dom. There are times when Rome was the smartest in the room, but that was not one of them.
The invention combines two classic staples of the Fast franchise, harpoons and Nos. Harpoons have been used to kill people, save people, and even disable the engines of cars with the completely made up ESD harpoon launcher in 2 Fast 2 Furious. Nos has been heavily featured in every movie (it was even used for the spacecraft in F9,) and it was hilariously attached to the harpoon.

Using The Magnet To Cause A Diversion

Fast and Furious 9 New Charger Magnets

After the gang retrieved the magnets in Edinburgh in the truck, Tej expertly uses them when the bunker is infiltrated. He uses them to cause a diversion when they come face to face with Jakob’s men, and it’s what helps the crew escape.
The whole magnets sequence is a big moment for Tej. Not only does the whole magnets phase of the movie see him use that logic that other members like Rome lack, but the scene in Edinburgh sees him as a skilled martial artist too, which is a first for the character.

Going Into Space

Fast and Furious 9 Tej and Roman in space car

Fans loved everything about Rome and Tej in F9, and that culminated in the epic space sequence in the final act of the movie. Tej spearheaded the whole thing, with a little help from the Tokyo Drift crew and Rome as a reluctant co-pilot.
He wasn’t just the smartest person in the room, but he was one of the most heroic, as Tej, as well as Rome, risked his life to destroy the satellite after plan A was a no-go. And in fairness to Rome, it was Tej who actually needed some motivation this time, though it’s usually the other way around.
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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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