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Lesser Known Movies That You Might Not Have Watched

Fast & Furious icon Vin Diesel is one of the most popular action stars today. But apart from helming big-budget franchises like Riddick and XXX, Diesel has also had his fair share of under-the-radar films. From starring in his own directorial ventures to collaborating with legendary director Sidney Lumet, the actor has had a diverse filmography.

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At the same time, he has also acted in a few underrated action comedies and dramas before he became a household name. With the release ofF9 this year, Diesel is yet again relevant in popular culture and it only makes sense for his fans to check out some of his lesser-known gems.

Strays (1997) – Available On VUDU

Vin Diesel on the poster of Strays

This gritty crime drama stars Vin Diesel as Rick, a drug dealer and self-proclaimed ‘hustler’ who struggles to get out of his repetitive lifestyle. With the movie set in New York, Strays also explores the character’s relationship with the city and how it shapes his pursuit of a new life.
Following his short film Multi-Facial, Vin Diesel’s first feature film also found him directing, writing, and producing. It is an impressive debut for the actor, showing his dramatic prowess. Even though he might be currently seen as Hollywood’s ‘tough guy,’ Strays allowed him to debunk familiar gangster tropes and analyze toxic masculinity from a more critical lens.

Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk (2016) –  Available On DIRECTV

Vin Diesel looks at Jon Alwyn in a military vehicle in Billy Lynn's Halftime Walk

The titular protagonist of Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk is a 19-year-old who has briefly returned home for a short stint after undergoing a brutal experience in Iraq. As he and his squad get used to their newfound fame, Billy also ponders on the horrors that they faced. With the movie directed by Ang Lee, it functions as an introspective statement on war and its futility.
Vin Diesel stars as Shroom, one of Billy Lynn’s commanding officers in the war. The film’s themes aside, it allows Diesel to share screen space with an impressive ensemble including the likes of Kristen Stewart, Chris Tucker, and Steve Martin. Even though the actor is present for limited scenes, this makes for one of his most thoughtful roles.

Find Me Guilty (2006) – Available On FuboTV

Jackie DiNorscio at court in Find Me Guilty.

Find Me Guilty is not just a legal thriller but also an unconventional biopic on gangster Jackie DiNorsico. After he’s incriminated on several counts of fraud, he pleads to serve as his own defense for a case that went on to become the longest criminal trial in American history.
The dark comedy wouldn’t be recognized as much as Sidney Lumet’s other best movies but Find Me Guilty gives enough space for Vin Diesel to shine in the lead role. With witty one-liners and a cocky persona, he perfectly embodies the role of Jackie DiNorsico and turns the film into a one-man show. It is a must-watch for disproving those who feel that Diesel isn’t a good actor.

The Last Witch Hunter (2015) – Available On Peacock

Vin Diesel staring sideways in The Last Witch Hunter

Vin Diesel appears as the titular hero in this fantasy action film. An immortal witch hunter, Diesel’s Kaulder relies on his skills and centuries of experience to combat a plague before it destroys the world.
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The film is riddled with common genre cliches but Diesel’s charisma is enough to make The Last Witch Hunter an entertaining popcorn flick. The supporting cast includes Elijah Wood and Michael Caine, both of whom steal the show in their respective scenes.

A Man Apart (2003) – Available On HBO Max

Vin Diesel looking sideways in a still from A Man Apart

In the action-thriller A Man Apart, Vin Diesel stars as a DEA agent who vows revenge on a druglord when his wife is killed by his gang. The film plays around with the revenge movie formula, chartering familiar territory. At the same time, it adds a sense of humanity to its lead character rather than just glorifying violence.
The film is bolstered by Vin Diesel’s emotional range as a  man along with engaging combat action sequences. A major reason for checking out A Man Apart is also the fact that it is directed by F Gary Gray. Diesel and Gray would collaborate years later for The Fate of the Furious.

Los Bandoleros (2009) – Available On Vimeo

Vin Diesel sitting down and looking at the camera in a still from Los Bandoleros

Los Badoleros serves as a prequel to the fourth Fast & Furious film. Through the movie series’s iconic car chases, the short depicts Dominic Toretto and his crew stealing oil tankers from the Dominican Republic.
While Vin Diesel fans might have avidly watched every Fast & Furious flick, there are chances that they might not have seen this short that was also written and directed by him. Los Badoleros also marked a watershed moment as it showed the earliest signs of the series’s transition towards the heist genre. This was further cemented with Fast Five and since then, the whole franchise has been way more than just a film series on drag racing.

The Chronicles Of Riddick: Dark Fury (2004) – Available On VUDU

Riddick holding a knife on the cover of Dark Fury

An animated direct-to-DVD feature, Dark Fury is the middle chapter between Pitch Black and The Chronicles of Riddick. With the original cast returning this film explains why Riddick went into hiding after the events of the first film.
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The narrative perfectly fits the universe of the Riddick series and it gives yet another opportunity for Diesel to show off his husky voice in the animated format. As a voice-actor, Diesel has already established his popularity as The Iron Giant and Groot. In Dark Fury, he also gets to share screen space with Keith David, an undisputed maestro of voice-acting, who reprises his role as Imam Abu al-Walid.

Boiler Room (2000) – Available On Showtime

Vin Diesel talking on a phone in Boiler Rom

For audiences who are interested in great movies about money, the financial thriller Boiler Room might make for an exciting watch with its exploration of the Great American Dream, and greed. Giovanni Ribisi stars as a college drop-out who joins a corrupt brokerage firm to make a quick buck.
The film’s ensemble has many actors who would go on to become major stars in the 2000s, including Nia Long, Ben Affleck, and of course, Vin Diesel as one of the firm’s employees. Boiler Room is another case to show how Vin Diesel has also acted in critically-acclaimed favorites other than box-office hits.

Knockaround Guys (2001) – Available On DIRECTV

Vin Diesel having a confrontation with a man in a still from Knockaround Guys

While mobster movies are aplenty, Knockaround Guys is unique in the sense that it deals with the sons of mobsters instead. Vin Diesel stars as one of the four sons of major Brooklyn gangsters. In order to prove their worth to their fathers, these brats end up meddling in the affairs of a Midwest town ruled by a corrupt Sheriff.
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The ensuing chaos provides for enough thrills and laughs to make Knockaround Guys a light, fun watch. Diesel was starting out with action roles around this time and this film is a good example to show how effortlessly he could fit in within this genre.

Multi-Facial – Available On YouTube

Vin Diesel laughing in a still from Multi Facial

Offering the earliest glimpse of Vin Diesel’s acting skills, Multi-Facial was a satirical look at the process of film casting. Diesel plays a multi-racial actor who is frustrated with his struggles and wants to get his big shot. Unfortunately, casting directors want his characters to subscribe to cultural stereotypes.
The 20-minute-short film was also written and directed by its leading man and offers a young glimpse at its future star. In fact, it is an important milestone for the actor himself. As reported by IndieWire, the short had captured the attention of Steven Spielberg who went on to offer Diesel a role in Saving Private Ryan.
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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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