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Tej Parker’s 10 Best Quotes

Arguably, Tej Parker (Ludacris) has the best character development in the Fast & Furious franchise. Audiences have seen the member of Dominic Toretto’s crew go from refereeing street races to orbiting space. The supporting character has also morphed into an expert mechanic as well as one of the world’s top tech gurus.

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Tej Parker’s set of skills isn’t the only impressive thing about him. He is quite the talker too and whenever he speaks, he makes sure to structure his sentences in a creative manner too. And since Tej is Roman Pearce’s best friend, most of his dialogue in the franchise involves him chatting with the petrolhead.

“Your Voice Just Went From Shaggy To Scooby-Doo.”

Tej makes a Scooby-Doo reference when Roman makes a cowardly comment about Owen Shaw in Fast & Furious

When Dom and his crew are tasked with going after former British SAS Major Owen Shaw in Furious 6, Roman is bemused by how easily Shaw has managed to flee. He expresses his fears, saying they should leave, to which Tej responds by telling him that he sounds as scared as both “Shaggy and Scooby-Doo.”
Shaggy and Scooby-Doo are known for their cowardice and Tej comparing Roman’s voice to how the duo sound scared whenever they see ghosts, is fitting. Roman has always been the lord of skepticism and this trait tends to anger his colleagues. Tej calling him out for this while they are on a high-speed chase makes the movie even more hilarious.

“They Really Went And Scraped The Bottom Of The Barrel Here, Didn’t They?”

Tej meets Roman for the first time since 2 Fast 2 Furious

Seeking to steal from Rio crime boss Hernan Reyes in Fast Five, Dom assembles a team consisting of various characters from previous films in the franchise. Tej isn’t too happy to see Roman showing up too, hence he suggests that the driver is one of the worst they could have got.
The scene is one of the reasons why Tej and Roman are the best friendship duo in Fast & Furious. The two know how to poke fun at each other without outrightly sounding disrespectful. So far, Roman has shed the “bottom of the barrel” label and proved Tej wrong as his actions have painted him as not just a capable fighter but a capable field agent too.

“Feels Like We Looking For Waldo In The Harry Potter World.”

Tej, Roman and the rest of Dom's crew hunt down Jakob Toretto in F9

In F9, the team has a hard time tracking Jakob Toretto in Edinburgh and everyone becomes frustrated. Tej comes up with a very intelligent reference that can be traced back to the Where’s Waldo? puzzle books that require children to find a character named Waldo in a crowd.
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By claiming that they’re looking for Waldo in the Harry Potter world, Tej is suggesting that they might be looking for Jakob in the wrong place. He also means that the conspiracy involving Jakob is quite complicated and detailed, just like the Harry Potter world. It’s a brilliant quote and it’s no bombshell that it’s coming from one of the most intelligent Fast & Furious characters.

“Plan B? We Need A Plan C, D, E. We Need More Alphabet!”

Tej warns his crew at the NATO base after he spots Owen Shaw commandeering a tank in Furious 6

While trying to stop Owen Shaw’s attack at a Spanish NATO base in Furious 6, Tej and Roman spot the villain commandeering a tank. They weren’t prepared for it so Roman asks if anyone has a plan B.
Roman is always the reservoir of humor in the franchise but Tej tends to surprise viewers with his own creative jokes on occasion too. While funny, his words show how dire the situation is. If they don’t come up with dozens of better ways to defeat Shaw, he is going to make a meal of them because he is way more prepared.

“What’s The Matter Roman? Forgot The Snow Tires?”

Dom's crew dodges attacks from Cipher's men in Russia in Fate Of The Furious

Tej and the rest of the team head to Russia in Fate Of The Furious to try to stop Cipher from using a nuclear submarine to trigger a nuclear war. As the team dodges attacks from Cipher’s men in the snow, Roman is struggling to control one of the most expensive cars in Fast & Furious since it’s sliding in one line. When Tej sees what’s happening, he makes fun of him once again.
Experienced drivers understand the importance of snow tires so audiences are as surprised as Tej to see Roman maneuvering the ice with normal tires. On the other hand, Roman has always been the kind of person to take on more than he can chew. A part of him must have believed that he was good enough a driver to not need snow tires.

“Otherwise, You’ll Be Eating Breakfast Through Straws From Now On.”

Tej Parker referees a race in 2 Fast 2 Furious

Tej only has a supporting role with limited screentime in 2 Fast 2 Furious but he still comes off as likable. While officiating a race, he lays down the rules to the drivers. He lets them know the risks too, reminding them that if they should not be too adventurous or they will end up with serious injuries.
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Tej’s words remind viewers of just how dangerous the Fast & Furious world is. In as much as the races and missions seem like fun, anyone could get serious injuries at any given time. In a worst-case scenario, they could end up dead. In recent installments, the threat factor has been thrown out of the window since those previously thought of as dead have come back to life, and those injured (like Hobbs) have discarded their splints within hours.

“It’s Not Dummy Proof.”

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

Tej isn’t too happy about Roman grabbing and trying out one of his advanced weapons in Furious 6 before he isn’t done working on it. Roman notes Tej’s concerns but insists he’s good. Tej isn’t buying it and warns Roman that the weapon isn’t dummy-proof hence he’ll definitely mess it up.
Tej is right to be concerned since Roman doesn’t handle weapons as well as he handles steering wheels. As a tech-guru, he has placed plenty of time and effort into enhancing the weapons so it’s not surprising he wouldn’t want to see it damaged in any way.

“When Are You Going To Give Rick James His Jacket Back?”

Tej and Roman reunite as Dom assembles the Rio crew in Fast Five

The leather jacket that Roman is wearing in his first scene in Fast Five might be appealing to viewers and fashion enthusiasts, but Tej isn’t impressed. He concludes that it looks like something the legendary singer Rick James would wear.
Tej is the source of most pop culture references in the franchise and he keeps dishing them out unapologetically. Rick James was known for his absurd outfits, so suggesting that Roman’s jacket belonged to Rick James is clever. The “give Martin Luther King his car back” response to Tej’s words also counts as one of Roman’s funniest Fast & Furious quotes.

“Who Does That? A Toretto.”

Tej and Roman discuss Jakob Toretto's unique abilities in Fast 9

Roman is shocked to learn that Jakob is Dom’s brother in F9. He goes on to list Jakob’s impressive skills, including his driving, his physicality, and his intelligence. He even seems impressed that he jumped out of a plane without a second thought, asking the obvious question “Who does that?”. Tej has the perfect answer in response.
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Both Dom and his sister Mia are known to be badass and that’s why it wasn’t a shocker to fans when it was revealed that they had a brother who was just as adept. It’s a family of gifted individuals but trust Roman to still be awed by skills he’s seen in many other people. Trust Tej to remind him too that it’s no big deal.

“Maybe You’re Just A Dumb***”

Teja nd Ramsey listen to Tej talk about invincibility in F9

After escaping from military operatives in Montequinto without any injuries in F9, Roman wonders whether they have special abilities. It doesn’t seem normal to him that they’ve survived so much over the years. Tej doesn’t buy the “special abilities” theory and goes on to label him “dumb.”
Tej is right about Roman not being the brightest of the crew but his theory about them having special abilities isn’t that far-fetched, especially when other events in the franchise are examined. Hobbs & Shaw villain Brixton Lore has superhuman strength and advanced reflexes so invincibility might just be a possibility. After all, it’s been proven that the franchise doesn’t mind going to ludicrous lengths for entertainment.
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All 4 Fast & Furious Heroes Who Stayed Dead (& Which One Is Most Likely To Return)

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Fast & Furious franchise is known for bringing back dead characters, but there are a few heroes who have remained dead. Jack Toretto, Dom’s father, died in a racing accident and his death should not be undone in the franchise. Jesse, a member of Dom’s crew, was killed in a drive-by shooting, while Vince was killed during an ambush. Elena, Dom’s love interest, was killed by the villain Cipher.

The Fast & Furious franchise has brought many characters back from the dead, but a handful of its heroes have remained killed off after their demise. The Fast Saga has taken its characters on a wild ride from street racing to the most outlandish adventures possible. The running theme of the Fast & Furious franchise has long been family, with Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) building quite a large family indeed over the course of the Fast Saga’s run.

On top of its embrace of ridiculous, superhuman feats as a staple of its action scenes, the Fast & Furious movies are also well known for bringing back seemingly dead characters for more missions. The returns of Sung Kang’s Han in F9 and Gal Gadot’s Gisele Yashar in Fast X would be especially noteworthy in emphasizing the notion that no Fast & Furious death is irreversible. However, that is not entirely true, as there have been a few Fast & Furious heroes who have died and never come back.

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4 Jack Toretto
An image of Jack Toretto driving a car in F9

Jack Toretto (J.D. Pardo) is the father of Dom, Mia (Jordana Brewster), and Jakob Toretto (John Cena), and is first seen in a flashback to 1989 in F9. Jack is a highly skilled race car driver who instilled that talent in his children, with Dom and Jakob being part of his racing pit crew. However, Jack’s racing career took a tragic turn when his car malfunctioned and crashed, killing him. Dom later beat his father’s racing opponent, Kenny Linder (Jim Parrack), almost to death with a wrench, believing him responsible for his father’s demise.

This tragedy also led to Dom and Jakob falling out, with Dom later coming to believe that Jakob set up their father’s death since he was the last one to work on his car. However, Jack was intentionally attempting to throw the race in order to get his family out of debt. He had asked Jakob to help tinker with his car so that it would fail, with Jack’s death being unintentional on both their parts. While his return has been theorized by fans, of all the characters killed off in Fast & Furious, Jack Toretto’s death should never be retconned.

3 Jesse
Jesse in The Fast and the Furious pic

One of the early members of Dom’s family in the original The Fast and the Furious, Jesse (Chad Lindberg) was the brains of Dom’s crew in his enterprise of stealing DVD players. Jesse went on the run after losing a street race to Dom’s rival, Johnny Tran (Rick Yune), having bet his MK3 Volkswagen Jetta in the race. Jesse was later killed outside of Dom’s house when Johnny Tran and his associate Lance Nguyen (Reggie Lee) arrived and performed a drive-by shooting. Dom and Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker) then chased down Johnny Tran and Lance Nguyen to avenge their fallen friend.

2 Vince
fast and furious 5 vince

Vince (Matt Schulze) was another member of Dom’s crew in The Fast & the Furious, and he was badly injured during a truck heist in that first movie. After his recovery, Vince fled to Rio de Janeiro where he later reunited with Dom and family in Fast Five. Despite Vince having settled down with a wife and a baby son, he agreed to join Dom’s daring heist of Rio’s most feared crime boss Hernan Reyes (Joaquim de Almeida). Unfortunately, Vince was killed during an ambush by Reyes’s team. After successfully pulling off the heist, Dom left Vince’s intended share of the money with his wife and son.

1 Elena
Elena Neves walks with her gun drawn by a car

Elena Neves (Elsa Pataky) worked alongside Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) in apprehending Dom and his crew in Fast Five. She and Dom gradually developed feelings for each other, however, and departed for Spain with Dom at the end of the movie. After Dom learned that his wife Letty Ortiz (Michelle Rodriguez) was still alive despite her apparent death in Fast & Furious, Dom and Elena had an amicable split, only for it to later be revealed that Elena is the mother of Dom’s son in The Fate of the Furious.

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After Elena was killed by the villainous Cipher (Charlize Theron), Dom and Letty raised the boy together, with the two naming him Brian after Brian O’Conner. Meanwhile, Dom later met Elena’s sister Isabel (Daniela Melchior), who joined Dom’s crew in Fast X. While Elena remains deceased as of Fast X, the arrival of her sister Isabel and Fast & Furious’s habit of not truly killing off characters makes her the most likely thought-to-be-dead hero to potentially return as the franchise speeds towards its finale.

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Fast & Furious 9 Producers Fined $1M For On-Set Accident, $1.2M Lawsuit Pending

Fast & Furious 9 faces hefty legal outcomes as the producers are fined $1 million for an on-set accident in addition to a $1.2 million lawsuit.

Michelle Rodriguez and Vin Diesel bracing before crash in F9

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Fast & Furious 9 producers have been fined $1 million and face a lawsuit over a stunt accident that caused “life-changing” injuries to a stunt performer. Stunt performer Joe Watts suffered a fractured skull and traumatic brain injury after a stunt mishap on the set of Fast & Furious 9. Investigation revealed that the producers neglected to address critical safety components, leading to the accident. Watts is seeking $1.2 million in personal damages.

The Fast & Furious 9 producers face a lawsuit and a hefty fine after a tragic stunt accident during filming in 2019. Directed by Justin Lin, F9: The Fast Saga was released in 2021, and was followed up by Fast X this year. Fast & Furious 9 was a relative box office success, taking home $726 million.

Two years after the film’s release, the Fast & Furious 9 producers are facing a lawsuit after an on-set accident. As per Variety, the producers were fined $1 million for “life-changing” injuries faced by stunt performer Joe Watts. Watts is also suing Warner Bros. $1.2 million in personal damages.

The Fast & Furious 9 Lawsuit Explained

Watts is an experienced stunt performer who has worked on other major action sets including Solo: A Star Wars Story, Ready Player One, and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. His life changed on the set of Fast & Furious 9 when a stunt mishap flung him 25 feet onto a concrete floor below. This wrongly-executed stunt left Watts with a fractured skull and a traumatic brain injury that has had lasting impacts on the performer.

After an investigation of this incident, it was determined that his stunt vest line had become detached. The incident was then brought up in a U.K. court when the U.K.’s Health and Safety executive claimed that FF9 Pictures had failed to address a critical component during the risk assessment: a “rope snap or link failure.” This failure involved neglecting to inspect Watts’s vest and extend the crash matting. Watts’ injuries were reportedly life-threatening, and District Judge Talwinder Buttar declared him “fortunate to be alive.”

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Watts has not been able to return to work as a stunt performer as a result of his injuries, thus having a vast impact on his career. This fact is noted in his $1.2 million against the production company, which is still pending. As Watts continues to face career losses after his tragic Fast & Furious 9 injury, the lawsuit will hopefully side in his favor as his case develops.

Source: Variety

F9 Poster F9: The Fast Saga Release Date: 2021-06-25 Director: Justin Lin Cast: Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Nathalie Emmanuel, Charlize Theron, John Cena, Sung Kang, Helen Mirren, Lucas Black, Kurt Russell Rating: PG-13 Runtime: 143 Minutes Genres: Action, Adventure, Crime Writers: Daniel Casey, Justin Lin, Alfredo Botello Budget: $200–225 million Studio(s): Universal Pictures Distributor(s): Universal Pictures Sequel(s): Fast X, Fast and Furious 11, Fast & Furious 12 prequel(s): Fast & Furious, 2 Fast 2 Furious, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, The Fast And The Furious, Fast Five, Fast and Furious 6, Furious 7, Fast and Furious 8 Franchise(s): Fast and Furious

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Every Planned Fast & Furious Movie That Didn’t Happen (& Why)

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Vin Diesel was not the first choice for the role of Dominic Toretto in The Fast and the Furious. The studio initially wanted Timothy Olyphant, and there are significant differences between the original project and the final result. Vin Diesel did not return for 2 Fast 2 Furious, the only movie in the main saga without him or Paul Walker. However, a The Fast and the Furious sequel with Diesel could have happened. Vin Diesel was originally supposed to star in The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, but the studio wanted a high school setting instead. He made a cameo at the end of the film.

Fast & Furious has gone from a low-stakes, standalone movie to a full-on blockbuster franchise, but not every envisioned project has become a reality. The Fast Saga premiered in 2001 with Paul Walker and Vin Diesel as lead actors, and it ended up spreading over 11 movies, one spin-off, two different short films, and a television series as of 2023, with more to come. The Fast & Furious franchise, which grossed over $7 billion globally, was supposed to be even bigger, and some projects will never get to happen.

Initially, the Fast & Furious franchise started as a street racing series with a focus on the car culture, culminating with the 2009 film Fast & Furious. Starting Fast Five, the saga transitioned from car races to heists and espionage, a theme that continued for the rest of the series. Fast & Furious was supposed to end with Fast X, but since there are a few rumored and confirmed Fast & Furious movies in development, the saga will likely continue in some form. Interestingly, Fast & Furious’ history could have been a lot different had any of its canceled or reimagined projects happened in their original forms.

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8 The Original The Fast And The Furious
Vin Diesel Wasn’t The First Choice
Dominic Toretto crosses his arms in front of black smoke from Fast & Furious

Although no one could see any actor portraying Dominic Toretto other than Vin Diesel, he wasn’t the first choice for the part. The first film, based on the article “Racer X” by Ken Li, always had Paul Walker tied to it, as Waulker had worked with director Rob Cohen on 2000’s The Skulls. Gary Scott Thompson wrote the original script, and the action took place in New York. However, David Ayer and Erik Bergquist were brought to the project and changed most of it. When it comes to Dominic Toretto’s role, the studio initially wanted Timothy Olyphant. Luckily for Diesel, Olyphant had previously starred in a car-related film, Gone in 60 Seconds, and declined the role.

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Producer Neal H. Moritz suggested Vin Diesel after his role in the 2000’s Pitch Black. However, despite him not starring in lead roles yet, Diesel didn’t accept the deal right away, and most of the script had to be rewritten with his notes before he accepted. Jordana Brewster wasn’t the first choice, either, as Mia Toretto was originally written for Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s Eliza Dushku. The Fast and the Furious could have been a very different film, but the final result is arguably the better version of the project.

7 Fast & Furious 2 With Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto
The Second Movie Gives Brian A New Partner
Vin Diesel as Dominic Toretto with Paul Walker and Tyrese Gibbons from 2 Fast 2 Furious

Vin Diesel didn’t return for 2 Fast 2 Furious, even though the first installment helped launch his career. Although he was reportedly offered $25 million to reprise his role, he didn’t sign on for the sequel, because he didn’t feel like the film needed one and didn’t like the script. 2 Fast 2 Furious went on to introduce Tyrese’s Roman Pearce and put Paul Walker’s Brian in the spotlight. However, had Diesel joined the sequel, it would surely have been massively different from what audiences got. Years later, Diesel confirmed that he would’ve done things differently and fought harder for revisions on the script, as he did with the first one.

6 Tokyo Drift With Toretto As The Main Character
Vin Diesel Only Had a Small Cameo
Vin Diesel as Dominic Toretto and the Fast and Furious Tokyo Drift's Luke and Han

The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift is the third installment in the Fast saga. However, it can be considered a standalone as it doesn’t feature any of the previous characters. It introduces Sung Kang as Han Lue, who would go on to reprise his role in 2009’s Fast & Furious. Vin Diesel reprised his role as Dominic Toretto in a very brief cameo at the end of The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, though, but that only happened after making a unique deal with Universal Pictures: he wanted the rights to Riddick, the sci-fi action saga for which he wanted to develop a sequel.

Although he has a short cameo at the end of the film, Vin Diesel was originally supposed to star in The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. The movie’s screenwriter, Chris Morgan, told UPROXX. “Essentially it was Tokyo Drift, but it was with Vin, and his character kind of had to go out and learn drifting. And there was a murder he had to solve. … And they said, ‘Nah, can’t do that. We have to do high school.’” Luckily, they didn’t go for that idea, and the franchise lived on, with Diesel and the rest of the cast returning for the fourth one. Tokyo Drift would be “retconned back” into the franchise during Fast & Furious 6’s post-credits scene.

5 Vin Diesel’s Solo Dominic Toretto Movie
Fast & Furious Was Supposed To Be Dom’s Movie
Vin Diesel and Paul Walker in Fast & Furious

Vin Diesel is the star of the Fast & Furious franchise, but he almost had his solo movie, too. Diesel’s career only evolved after The Fast And The Furious, and he made his way back to Dom Toretto with a cameo in 2006’s The Fast And The Furious: Tokyo Drift. Diesel would fully return to the role and reunite with the original cast for 2009’s Fast & Furious. However, before the 2009 film reunited the original crew, it was supposed to be a solo Dominic Toretto movie. Considering how solid Fast & Furious (2009) was, and how it reignited the franchise, it’s good that a solo Toretto film didn’t happen during that time.

4 Hobbs & Shaw 2
The Sequel With Dwayne Johnson And Jason Statham Is Long In The Works

Hobbs & Shaw introduced the franchise’s antiheroes, Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) and Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham), giving them their spin-off film in 2019. The spin-off was a success, making $760 million at the box office with a $200 million budget. Naturally, Universal greenlit a sequel, but it never materialized. The movie was supposed to take the two action stars on more adventures, but it’s unlikely it will happen now.

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Hobbs & Shaw 2 has been in active development since November 2021, but there are not many details available. The latest updates indicate that the next Hobbs movie will not be a sequel to Hobbs & Shaw. Instead, it will be a Dwayne Johnson solo Fast & Furious film building up from Fast X’s ending. Despite his differences with Vin Diesel, The Rock reprised his role in Fast X in a post-credits scene, setting up his solo future in the franchise.

3 The Original Furious 7
Paul Walker’s Tragic Death Called For Many Changes

Furious 7 picks up after the events of Fast & Furious 6 and mixes with Tokyo Drift, with Lucas Black reprising his role as Sean Boswell. After appearing in the credits scene of Fast & Furious 6, Jason Statham has a bigger role in the movie. The film also marks Paul Walker’s last acting credit, as he passed away during filming. Universal put the movie on hold, and, although Furious 7 was almost canceled, the filmmakers were able to reshoot and rewrite the film. For the remaining scenes in the movie, Paul Walker’s brothers, Cody and Caleb, acted as stand-ins for Brian’s scenes. Later, they used CGI to recreate Paul Walker’s face.

2 Fast X as the Series’ Ending
Fast X Was Supposed To Tie All Lose Ends
Cipher in Fast 9 and the poster for Furious X

The Fast saga had been hinting at “one last ride” for a while, although there is no certain end in sight. It was all supposed to end with Fast X, which would tie all loose ends. Later, the project evolved into a two-part finale. Justin Lin was supposed to direct both films but exited Fast X due to creative differences. With Dwayne Johnson’s new Fast & Furious spinoff in development, it’s clear that Fast X is no longer really the end of the franchise. It also remains to be seen whether Fast & Furious 12 will happen as, despite what Vin Diesel has hinted at, a new film in the main saga after Fast X, Part 2 has yet to be confirmed.

1 All-Female Fast & Furious Spin-Off
A Project Long In The Works
Gisele, Cipher, and Letty in Fast & Furious

In 2019, Vin Diesel teased an all-female spin-off for the Fast & Furious franchise. Nicole Perlman, Lindsey Beer, and Geneva Robertson-Dworet were tied to the project for the script, and the timeline suggested it would come out after Fast 9. That hasn’t happened yet, but the project isn’t canceled, so it might happen eventually. Still, there’s no certainty about it. It’s unclear which Fast & Furious characters would be part of the movie, but Letty (Michelle Rodriguez), Tess (Brie Larson), Gisele (Gal Gadot), and Cipher (Charlize Theron) would likely be part of it.

Sources: UPROXX

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