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5 Ways Jakob Toretto Is A Sympathetic Character (& 5 Ways He’s A Villain)

The Fast & Furious movies saw a big change from the original series to the current one with the release of F9. The ninth installment revealed that Dominic and Mia Toretto had a long-lost brother, Jakob,  who served as the movie’s villain and sought to use the Aries device for world dominance.

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Jakob was eventually revealed to be deeper than just a villain, as his antagonism towards Dom stemmed from the death of their father. All things considered, Jakob had a tragic background himself that allows fans to see things from his point of view, going hand in hand with his acts of villainy in the movie.

Sympathetic: He Ultimately Only Wanted To Be Accepted

Dom and Jakob have a staredown in F9

Jakob is a character worthy of a spin-off like Hobbs and Shaw got, as there’s more to him than meets the eye. In F9’s climax, he proved that he ultimately just wanted acceptance from Dom and Mia, as Jakob walked away with no ill-will toward them.
This came about after Dom had both forgiven–and asked for forgiveness from–Jakob after learning the truth about their father, leading to Jakob dropping his villainous ways. From this context, it’s clear that Jakob was swayed toward villainy because he hadn’t felt acceptance and didn’t want to continue with that path once he’d reconciled with his family.

Villain: He Only Became A Good Guy Due To His Team’s Betrayal

Jakob Toretto talks to Cipher in F9

What’s interesting to note about Jakob’s turn for the better is that it was due to pure happenstance. After all, had Cipher not swayed Otto into betraying Jakob, the latter would never have been positioned to side with Dom and his team.
It was only after he was betrayed that Jakob returned to assist Dom, with most of it being out of revenge against Otto. Had Cipher not manipulated Jakob’s crew, he would have been content with going through with using Aries and never becoming a good guy.

Sympathetic: He Had To Fend For Himself His Whole Life

John Cena as Jakob in Fast and Furious 9 in front of blue smoke

Dom had the memory of his father’s demise on his mind, but he at least had Mia with him and the addition of Letty and future comrades made his grief easier to handle. However, Jakob had no one for support during his formative years, with only Buddy taking him in during this time and denying Jakob a family like Dom had.
It’s understandable why Jakob became so cynical and near-impossible to change considering that he grew up feeling that nobody cared about him. For more than two decades, Jakob could only rely on himself.

Villain: His Attempts To Harm His Own Brother

Jakob and Dom point their guns at each other in F9

To Dom’s credit, he didn’t try to directly harm Jakob, in that he wanted to avoid using lethal means against his brother. Jakob didn’t extend the same courtesy toward Dom, however, being fully willing to kill his own brother if Dom kept getting in the way.
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But it was only due to Dom’s survival that he was later able to reconcile with Jakob. If Jakob had succeeded then he would have effectively denied himself the chance to be redeemed.

Sympathetic: He Had To Live With The Knowledge Of What Happened To His Father

Jakob is all bloodied after a fight in F9

Dom thought Jakob had deliberately tampered with their father’s car to in order kill him, which sparked his resentment toward his brother. The truth was that Jack Toretto had asked Jakob to tamper with the car to gain insurance money out of it and the vehicle had unexpectedly gotten out of control, resulting in Jack’s death.
It wasn’t Jakob’s fault since he was only following what his father had told him to do, meaning he had to live with the knowledge of this truth while Dom painted him as a villain. All things considered, Jakob had an even greater burden than the one Dom carried.

Villain: His Intentions In Using Aries

Fast and Furious 9 Jakob Toretto John Cena

Jakob’s main motive in F9 was to use the Aries device to control weapons on a global scale, which he followed through with until the climax when Otto betrayed him. Even though he ultimately didn’t use Aries, it can’t be overlooked that he very nearly did.
Had Jakob’s plan gone the way that he initially intended, he would’ve effectively seized control of the world and become a warlord. These intentions easily make him out to be among the most dangerous villains of the Fast & Furious series.

Sympathetic: Dom Never Gave Him A Chance For Reconciliation

Fast and furious 9 Dom and jakob

No matter what topic it might be, be it Roman’s funny one-liners or something more philosophical, Dom’s group always talks a big game about the importance of family. However, Dom himself didn’t live up to this where Jakob was concerned, having ousted his brother from his life when they were still teenagers.
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When he learned about the tampering of Jack Toretto’s car, Dom instantly challenged Jakob to the race where the loser had to go into exile. Even years later, Jakob wasn’t given a chance to reconcile with his family due to this wager and he was left estranged as a result.

Villain: He Caused A Lot Of Collateral Damage

Jakob pointing a gun at Dom in Fast and Furious 9

There are always expensive cars in the Fast & Furious franchise that end up getting destroyed due to the action involved. Jakob was responsible for the destruction of more than a few in F9, as his pursuit of Aries caused massive damage.
There were a number of people on the streets who got caught in Jakob’s crossfire with Dom, meaning Jakob was responsible for these people getting hurt. He also has the blood of the men he killed after he turned into a rogue agent on his hands, so he’ll likely remain a villain where these characters’ points of view are concerned.

Sympathetic: He Never Had Anyone He Could Trust

John Cena Jakob plit image with Dom and his friends

As evidenced by the betrayal committed by Otto and Jakob’s men, Jakob couldn’t even trust his own crew. Along with growing up on his own, Jakob didn’t have people he could call friends or allies, leaving him a thoroughly paranoid and angry man.
This was due to the lack of a positive environment for him, as Jakob was never in a place where he could settle down as Dom had done. This makes his mentality understandable since Jakob simply never got to develop a lifestyle where he could place his trust in people.

Villain: His Hand In Mr. Nobody’s Disappearance

Mr Nobody giving orders in Furious 7.

It was left unclear in F9 as to what exactly happened to Mr. Nobody, who only appeared in flashbacks and recorded footage. What’s known is that Jakob was a rogue agent and was responsible for Mr. Nobody’s disappearance, with the implication that Jakob may have even killed Mr. Nobody.
Dominic and his crew considered Mr. Nobody to be part of their extended family and were saddened by his disappearance, making Jakob responsible for hurting the group. Even if Mr. Nobody is still alive, he hasn’t felt that it’s safe enough to return due to Jakob’s presence.
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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.

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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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