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5 Times Dom & Brian Were BFFs (& 5 Times They Were Frenemies)

The running theme (which could also be considered a running gag at this point) in the Fast and Furious series is the importance of family. However, the closest bond Dom (Vin Diesel) has ever isn’t with his siblings or childhood friends. It was with his former enemy, Brian O’Conner

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At first, Brian (Paul Walker) was the undercover cop sent in to the street-racing subculture of LA to bring Dominic Toretto down, but that cat-and-mouse relationship turned into the greatest seven-movie-long friendship. Though Eminem almost played Brian in the first Fast & Furious movie, the friendship between the two characters felt all the more real thanks to the real-life relationship of Diesel and Walker. However, that’s not to say their characters have always seen eye to eye – especially when it comes to matters of the heart.

BFFs: Dom Was Happy That Brian And Mia Were Having Baby

Dom looks at Mia and Brian together in Fast Five

Given the current situation they were in at the time they found out they were pregnant, as Brian and Mia were on the run from Hobbs with Dom, it wasn’t the ideal situation to be in with a child on the way. And that’s why Brian was clearly hesitant to tell Dom, Mia’s brother.
As Dom has such a short fuse, it could have gone either way, but Dom couldn’t have been happier for Brian. Some argue that Fast Five was too plot driven, but the inclusion of Mia and Brian’s pregnancy was one of the most heartfelt moments of the series, as the three of them were able to take a break from the action and embrace each other with a giant bear hug.

Frenemies: Dom Tries To Get Brian Fired

Dom threatens Brian as he’s leaning against a car in The Fast and the Furious

After first meeting at the Toretto market, and then getting in to a fight with Vince, Brian doesn’t exactly get on Dom’s good side immediately.
Dom slams Brian against a car, calls him a serial killer, and then tells him he’s going to get him fired from The Racer’s Edge. It’s hard to believe that these two guys would go on to become best friends. Luckily, Harry doesn’t fire Brian because he’s too good of an employee, but it doesn’t mean that Dom didn’t try. What’s so brilliant about the early feud is that Brian’s only crime was liking the tuna at the market.

BFFs: Dom Lets Brian Win The Drag Race

Dom and Brian race in cop cars in Fast Five

In Fast Five, the heist the team are planning in Rio requires some cop cars, and after Dom, Brian, Tej, and Rome steal four of them from a local police station, they can’t help but have a quick drag race. They bet a million dollars, and Dom allegedly lets Brian win.
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Though Dom doesn’t outright say that he let Brian win, he hints at it, and Tej and Rome claim they watched Dom pull back. As it happens after Dom finds out that Brian is going to be a father, he hints that that’s why he let him win, and that’s the most adorable thing Dom has ever done for anybody.

Frenemies: Their Reunion In Fast & Furious 4

Dom and Brian meet for the first time in Fast & Furious

In the fourth entry in the series, Fast & Furious, it marked the first time since the very first movie that Brian and Dom were on screen together. It was the big appeal of the soft reboot of the franchise, and there was a huge build up to them meeting for the first time. However, when they did, they weren’t exactly throwing their arms around each other with tears in their eyes.
Dom threatens Brian, saying that he’ll kill anyone who gets in his way of finding Letty’s killer, and though he has changed a lot since the beginning of the series, he’s very much the same Dom from the first movie. Brian and Dom might be best friends now, but the last time they saw each other before the reunion, Dom found out that Brian was an undercover cop whose objective was to send him down, and Dom is still clearly coming to terms with that.

BFFs: The Last Ride

Brian and Dom drive alongside each other for the last time in Furious 7

As Paul Walker sadly passed away before the production of Furious 7 had wrapped, the whole ending had to be altered, but it was done so in the most sincere and emotional way possible. In the final scene, Brian is even playing with his child on the beach as the whole gang watch on. Dom leaves without saying goodbye, only for Brian to catch up to him at a crossroad.
The scene is perfect, as it perfectly represents their characters, with Brian in a sports car and Dom in a muscle car, mirroring the last race they had at the end of The Fast and the Furious. It’s made even more powerful by “See You Again” playing over the scene and leading in to a montage of all of Brian’s most iconic scenes in the Fast & Furious series.

Frenemies: Fighting Over Letty’s Death

Brian has a serious talk with Dom about Letty in Fast & Furious

It took a long time for Dom and Brian to reconcile in the fourth movie, as not long after their reunion and what seemed like a thinly veiled threat from Dom, Dom actually goes for Brian.
Dom unfairly takes his anger out on Brian when he finds out that Brian was the last person to have contact with Letty before her death, and he throws him against walls, filing cabinets, and anything else that will leave him injured and bruised. Though Dom’s rage is more reserved in the recent movies, Fast & Furious saw him angrier than ever, and he started locking horns with Brian before he even knew the whole story.

BFFs: The 10 Second Car

Brian gives Dom the keys to a car

This is what their whole friendship is based on, and the idea of the 10 second car is a narrative device that is threaded through the whole series and what the emotional final montage in Furious 7 ends with. It began with The Fast and the Furious after Brian bet pink slips in a race and lost.
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When the police are coming for Dom after he has just totalled his Dodge Charger, Brian hands him the keys to the Toyota Supra, saying, “I owe you a 10 second car.” After spending the whole movie trying to hand Dom over to the police, he lets him go at the final hurdle, which is a testament to how far they came as BFFs in the one hour and 40 minutes.

Frenemies: Their First Drag Race

Brian and Dom drag race in The Fast and the Furious

When it comes to the Fast & Furious series, though there’s plenty of fist fights in the movie, for the most part, the characters let the cars do the fighting. And the very first street racing in the movie saw Dom and Brian go head-to-head.
After Dom wins, he goes on an epic tirade tearing Brian apart. Dom treated the race like a sport, just like he always has, but Brian was racing for respect, which is why Dom’s words make him all the more defeated. There’s no denying how Brian feels after, as he loops like Dom just used every single word in the English language that could have possibly weakened.

BFFs: Brian Saves Dom From Getting Arrested

Brian and Dom exit Brian’s green Honda in The Fast and the Furious

Despite being so humiliated by Dom just minutes before, Brian still takes it upon himself to save the infamous street racer when he was being chased on foot by the cops. Brian didn’t have to do it, especially after the last time they spoke, but it leads to the first bonding moment the two guys have in the series.
Though it might have been because he had an ulterior motive, because if Dom got sent down for something as measly as street racing, it would have ruined Agent Bilkins’ whole operation, Brian still saved him. And as thanks, Dom hands Brian nothing other than a Corona, naturally.

Frenemies: Brian Blows His Cover

Brian talking to his colleagues on the phone in front of Dom in The Fast and the Furious

As Vince injures himself in the final truck heist, getting shot at and having his whole arm severely injured in barbed wire, Brian has no choice but to blow his cover and use his police ID to call emergency services. Though it’s an explosive scene that’s full of hate and anger, it ultimately shows Brian’s allegiance to Dom. And though it may have proved that Dom shouldn’t have trusted Brian, Fast & Furious fans agree that it also showed just how loyal the undercover cop could be and if he didn’t do it, Vince would have died from blood loss.
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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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