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Fast & Furious Spy Racers Mexico

Netflix’s speed-loving animated series, Fast & Furious: Spy Racers, returns for a fourth season on April 16. This time, the team of amateur spies aren’t after a villain – they are the villains. Or at least they’re believed to be by their mentor Ms. Nowhere’s spy organization.

On the run from their own agency and on the hunt for the real culprit, Tony Toretto and his friends embark on a mission to Mexico where they encounter all manner of friends and foes. Not to mention the latest gadgets and vehicles in the Fast & Furious universe, of course, as well as the true meaning of “family.”

Related: All The Fast & Furious Connections In Netflix’s Spy Racers

Showrunner Tim Hedrick spoke to Screen Rant about what’s in store for everyone’s favorite mini-spies in the fourth season, why Ms. Nowhere is always such a fun character to write, and just how his dog made it into the series.

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I love how this one season of Spy Racers turns everything on its head. For once, they are the ones on the run instead of specifically being after someone. How fun was it to approach things from that angle?

Tim Hedrick: Oh, great. We always try to find a way to trigger a new set of adventures that gives our team a new point of view. Seeing this secret agency that Nowhere has committed her life to suddenly turn on her and put her on the run was really exciting.
And it’s really cool to see Ms. Nowhere then accept to that challenge and get very excited to be on the run. She really enjoys this, while obviously, our team is not quite ready to go on the run. It’s a little tougher for them.
But that’s a great way to mix it up, and it also allowed us to bring in some new characters in an interesting way. That’s how we can explore Cisco’s family in Mexico, which was really exciting to do.

I loved the introduction of Uncle Tuco, and of course, Danny Trejo is incredible. How did how he come onboard, and what did he bring to that role?

Tim Hedrick: Oh, man. What does Machete bring to the world of Fast and Furious? He was so great, and I was so excited to get him on. I don’t know how the good people at Dreamworks casting make these miracles happen, but it was really exciting to have him come in.
And it really worked out when he and Jorge [Diaz] are performing together. It’s like, “Yeah, these guys seem like they’re related.” They really matched in a great way. Cisco has love of conspiracy theories and strange ideas about how the digestive system works, and then Uncle Tuco rolls in and feels exactly the same way. It’s a really fun family vibe there. And Danny Trejo’s a treat. He is wonderful to work with.

Obviously, the theme is always family.

Tim Hedrick: It’s written on our door when we walk in the room: family.

But this season adds more elements of literal, blood-related family. Not just Uncle Tuco but a little more of Frostee’s sister, Sissy.

Tim Hedrick: Yeah, watching Sissy emerge as a young spy is pretty cool, right? It does feel like, “Wait a second. She’s still like three steps ahead of Frostee. Where’s that character going?” That’s really fun, because it’s Vin’s daughter Similce [Diesel] that plays her. It’s family on family on family.
She’s great, and we really did want to hit that family theme on the head. We thought, since we were thinking about where we could go this season in terms of new locations, that we would go to Mexico and get some luchadores in there, which brought in Cisco’s family. It just made a lot of sense, and it was a very organic process to put that together.

As you mentioned, Ms. Nowhere is going through it after being betrayed by her agency but also having the time of her life on the run. Did you want to make her the viewpoint character for the season from the star, or did that emerge naturally?

Tim Hedrick: You know, I love everything that Ms. Nowhere does. I think Renee is just the greatest performer of our time; every time she’s in the booth, it’s exciting. She’s such a badass.
So, of course, she’s going to be in charge as they’re on the run. But then it really becomes a conflict in the team, because she doesn’t have a rank anymore. Now they’re kind of fighting for who’s in control, so that was interesting.
And then it was also really fun to see Gary and Julius left behind, and see them find their new role model in Palindrome. I thought how he nurtures them as his underlings was just hilarious. Tru Valentino is the actor who plays both of those characters, and he’s incredible. So, that was a lot of fun.

The Gary and Julius dynamic is incredible. But for Gary specifically, how strange is it for him to not be on Ms. Nowhere’s side? What’s he going through in this moment?

Tim Hedrick: He knows spies flip; it happens all the time. This is what happens at the agency when you think you know somebody and then they turn on you. You just have to roll with it.
He’s a company man, so Gary just shows up to work every day. He’s got a list on the wall that says these are enemies and these are friends, and he’s like, “Okay, let’s go to work.” He’s a stalwart at the agency. I think that’s how you survive there.

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We got a lot of new villains and characters this season, but I also love when you bring old ones back – like Rafaela, who is consistently a delight. Are there any others you hope to bring back if you have future seasons?

Tim Hedrick: Listen, everything’s on the table. I don’t think we’ve had anybody that I didn’t enjoy working with on the show. All the characters have been really interesting.
Rafaela is a great example. We’re like, “Oh, I don’t know, maybe we can see her pop in.” Because she ha so much fun being so annoying. She kind of hits that note. So, absolutely. If there are future seasons of the show, I would love to bring everybody back.

Have there already been discussions on that front? Do you know where the show stands?

Tim Hedrick: I’m discussing it constantly. I don’t know if anybody’s listening, but I’m always I’m always up to discuss future seasons.

As for the new characters, I loved the tension between Ms. Nowhere and both Palindrome and Moray. Can you talk a little bit about that frienemy dynamic, without giving away too many spoilers?

Tim Hedrick: Ms. Nowhere would have you believe that she started last week and is only 19 years old, but we know she has a nebulous amount of years in the past on missions. So, she definitely has cultivated some enemies and frenemies in the field. Moray is definitely one of those mysterious forces.
In terms of Palindrome, we really knew that once Ms. Nowhere goes on the run, you have to bring in a pretty heavy hitter to go down. Who is going to be up to the task of bringing her in? That’s how Palindrome came about, and we were lucky to get Big Show on the case to play Palindrome. He’s really fantastic and brings all of the presence that you would think a guy called Big Show should. He lives up to his name.

I’m fascinating by all the different car designs, as well as the different things they can do. Do you base them on real cars or your imagination? And do you leave the creation entirely to the animation team, or do you first write out what you need the car to do?

Tim Hedrick: Both. We have things that, story wise, we want to happen. But we also have a pretty awesome team of designers, many of whom are actual car designers, who went to school to design cars for Mercedes-Benz or whatever and instead work for us drawing new cars. They definitely bring a level of realism every single time they sit down to design a car, because they make sure that the weight is correct, and that the interior is correct. And that if it’s a mini engine model, how would it maneuver?
There’s a lot of legitimate engineering that goes into building those CG cars, which is very intricate. I’m not qualified to really comment on it, other than to say, “Wow, that’s cool.” They’re very, very talented people.

It certainly is cool. Meanwhile, we get the cutest new family member ever in Roscoe. Where did he come from, and what can you tell me about how he melts Ms. Nowhere’s heart?

Tim Hedrick: I’m glad you brought this up. Roscoe is based on my dog. This is what you get to do if you ever run a show: you get to put your dog on the show. I think was in my contract from day one, that if the show goes to four seasons, I can put my dog in the show.
But yes, it was very exciting to see Roscoe come to life. And I will tell you that Roscoe the real dog has watched Roscoe the cartoon. He likes to watch TV and he definitely recognized himself.
Not only does he melt Ms. Nowhere’s, he will melt the world’s heart. There’s more to come from that very talented dog.

On an unrelated but equally exciting not, we know the Avatarverse is coming into our lives and giving us new content. I enjoyed your work both Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra. Can you share whether you’ll be participating in future projects within that universe in the near future?

Tim Hedrick: I’ve been consulting on the Avatar comics for the last couple years, and it’s very exciting. I guess that’s all I can say, because I don’t want to scoop any Avatar news. It’s super cool, and I’m very excited to see more Avatar stuff come out.
From what I’ve heard – and I believe me, I’m not in the center of it or anything – it sounds like there’s gonna be a lot more Avatar coming out in the next few years. It’s gonna be really cool. I’m excited, because Mike and Bryan are very talented creators, but also just such good people. It’s great stuff.

More: Tim Hedrick & Bret Haaland Interview: Fast & Furious Spy Racers Sahara

Fast & Furious: Spy Racers Mexico launches exclusively on Netflix April 16.

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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

Related 10 Most Exciting Things To Expect From Fast 11 Fast & Furious 11 will pull all the strings to become bigger than the previous installments, and here is why the film is worth being excited about.

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

Related Vin Diesel May Have Spoiled Fast & Furious 11’s Ending With $2.7 Billion Movie Comparison Dom’s death happening in Fast & Furious 11 may have been spoiled already, with Vin Diesel comparing the upcoming movie to another big franchise.

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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