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8 Fast & Furious Characters Who Could Be Dom’s Replacement In A Soft Reboot Without Vin Diesel


Fast X
sets up a harrowing and epic conclusion to the franchise with an end to Dominic Toretto’s character arc.
Despite Dominic Toretto leaving the franchise, the
Fast & Furious
movies are unlikely to end due to their reliable success and Universal’s development of spinoffs and future movies.
Existing characters like Brian Toretto, Isabel Neves, Tess, Gisele, Jakob Toretto, Ramsey, and Little Nobody have the potential to replace Dom as the franchise’s new lead.

Fast X was the beginning of the end of the Fast & Furious series as it is currently known, but there are many characters who can carry the torch after Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) leaves the franchise. The 10th Fast & Furious movie was the first of the two-part finale of the long-running series, as it ended on a cliffhanger where Dom and his son are stranded at the bottom of a dam that’s rigged to blow. Dante Reyes (Jason Momoa) is the biggest threat that Dom and his crew have seen yet, and the Fast X ending sets up a harrowing and epic conclusion in Fast & Furious 11.
Regardless of what happens in Fast & Furious 11, it’s unlikely that the franchise will end for good. The Fast & Furious movies are one of Universal’s most reliable franchises, as the movies have grossed a total of $7.3 billion worldwide (via The Numbers), so a future Fast & Furious movie will probably quickly follow Fast & Furious 11. Universal has already developed and is developing spinoffs, as Hobbs & Shaw made $760 million worldwide in 2019, and a Hobbs solo Fast & Furious movie is on its way. However, the mainline franchise can still continue, and a number of existing characters can replace Dom as the franchise’s lead.
Related: 10 Fast & Furious Characters Who Must Return In New Hobbs Spinoff

8 Brian Toretto

Brian Toretto sits behind the wheel of a car in Fast X

Brian Toretto is Dominic’s son, and despite being 8 years old in Fast X, he was heavily involved in the action. Brian worked with his Uncle Jakob (John Cena) to protect his father and even seemed a little too comfortable shooting enemies and blowing up vehicles. Given the franchise’s heavy family theme, Dom’s child taking over the franchise makes the most sense, and this is especially apt given that Brian is named after the original series lead. There would have to be a significant time jump in the franchise for Brian to be the new lead, but given how time travel could happen in Fast & Furious 11, it’s possible.

Related: Fast & Furious Family Tree – How Franchise Characters Are Related

7 Isabel Neves

Isabel in a car at a street race in Fast X

Isabel Neves (Daniela Melchior), a Brazilian street racer, was introduced as part of the Fast X cast of characters. She is only in one major scene, but from that single sequence, she shows so much promise of carrying the Fast & Furious franchise. While there’s a token street race in every Fast & Furious movie to satisfy the older fans, the future of the series could go back to its roots and become a crime drama with a street racing backdrop with Isabel as the lead. The character could become involved in undercover work, just like Brian, and it’d be more stripped-back and the most thrilling release in years.

6 Tess

Brie Larson as Tess firing a gun in Fast X

Tess (Brie Larson) didn’t have much screen time in Fast X, but the character is excitingly enigmatic, has tons of charisma, and is a badass action heroine. Tess is totally agile as she jumps on top of cars in stylish suits and carrying machine guns, and she’d be a joy to watch as the new franchise lead. Larson leading the future of the series is very likely, as she’s a bankable actor and a part of some of the highest-grossing movies of all time. Not only that, but Larson has an Oscar, and there’s a fun contrast of an Academy Award winner leading the Fast & Furious series.

5 Gisele

Gisele in a submarine in Fast X

Before Fast X, Gisele (Gal Gadot) was the least likely character to take over the franchise, as she was last seen falling to her death in Fast & Furious 6. However, the Fast X cliffhanger ending sees Gisele emerging from a submarine with a smile on her face. This could be setting up the future of the franchise with Gisele replacing Dom. Gisele is a weapons expert and ex-Mossad agent, and her skills could lead to more fight sequences filled with hand-to-hand combat. Like Brie Larson, Gadot is a bankable actor who could carry the franchise, and that might mean more Han (Sung Kang) too, given his and Gisele’s romance.

4 Jakob Toretto

Jakob meets Brian in Fast X

It’s no secret that Jakob Toretto died in Fast X, sacrificing himself for his brother and redeeming himself of his previous actions. However, nobody stays dead in the Fast & Furious franchise, as Letty (Michelle Rodriguez), Han, and now Gisele have all returned from the dead. Han’s death was even retconned not once but twice. With that in mind, given that the character was a hit with audiences, it’s likely that Jakob will return too. As John Cena is making leaps and bounds in his acting skills with each consecutive movie, and he has such a commanding onscreen presence, Jakob becoming Dom’s successor makes a lot of sense.
Related: 10 Dead Or Missing Fast & Furious Characters Who Can Still Return In Fast 11

3 Ramsey

Ramsey with her hands up and eyes closed in Fast X

Ramsey (Nathalie Emmanuel) was introduced into the series in Furious 7, as Dom and Brian (Paul Walker) rescued the expert hacker from Jakande (Djimon Hounsou). While the character might be a long-time member of the group at this point, Ramsey is still relatively new compared to the rest of the crew, and she’s much younger too. Emmanuel is 34 years old, which is around the age Vin Diesel was while shooting The Fast and the Furious. Ramsey has also been learning new skills in each movie since Furious 7 — she only just learned how to drive in F9 — so her taking over from Dom is a strong possibility.

2 Little Nobody

Scott Eastwood looks confused in The Fate of the Furious

Little Nobody (Scott Eastwood) has been an inconsistent part of the Fast & Furious franchise, as he appeared in Fate of the Furious, skipped F9, and then returned in Fast X. The character is a government law enforcement agent who worked for Mr. Nobody, and with a seemingly endless amount of vehicles and weapons at his disposal, the character has so much potential to get a bigger role in the Fast & Furious series. Given the actors’ ages and how they’re connected through The Agency, it’s easy to see Little Nobody, Tess, and Ramsey forming the new Fast & Furious team in the future.

1 Dante Reyes

Dante being held back with a gun in Fast X

Dante Reyes might be a villain in Fast X — and one of the franchise’s most sadistic bad guys at that — but based on Fast & Furious’ history, the odds of him joining Dom’s team are high. Even Cipher, who was willing to kill Dom’s son and was the overarching series villain, became an ally in Fast X. Dante could similarly become one of the good guys. Given Momoa’s bankability and guaranteed audience, the character could replace Dom as the franchise lead. Dante was the best part of Fast X, as the character was edgy, exciting, and unpredictable, and that’s the very kind of protagonist Fast & Furious needs.

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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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