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Dominic Toretto’s Full Backstory Explained

Warning: This post contains MAJOR spoilers for Fast XF9 presented a clearer look into the Dom Toretto backstory previously shared in the Fast & Furious franchise. Vin Diesel has played the character since the saga’s 2001 debut, The Fast and the Furious. Though Diesel didn’t return for 2 Fast 2 Furious or Tokyo Drift (aside from a brief cameo), the actor returned to the spotlight for 2009’s Fast & Furious. Since then, Dom has served as the core figure in the saga. Since Dom made his on-screen debut two decades ago, it was clear Diesel’s character was meant to embody a leadership role.

He had his own crew, but when Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker) infiltrated the team as an undercover cop, Dom somehow convinced him that his actions stemmed from doing what he thought was right for his friends, who he considered family. Brian turned into a brother-like figure in Dom’s life as the crew around the pair grew as they tackled criminals, drug lords, and terrorists worldwide. Brian might no longer be in the equation due to Walker’s untimely death, but The Fast Saga introduced Dom’s real brother, Jakob, into the mix in F9. While this serves as an important factor in the franchise’s current storyline, it simultaneously modified the Dom Toretto backstory.

Dominic Toretto’s Childhood
Dom Toretto backstory with his siblings in F9.

Born in 1976, Dom is the eldest Toretto sibling, and his father made an effort to teach his oldest son what it means to be the man of the house. Though it’s still unclear what happened to the kids’ mother in the Dom Toretto backstory, The Fast Saga clarifies that Jack Toretto (J.D. Pardo) took his role as a single father seriously. In Fast Five, Dom shared what he remembered most about his father, including how he would encourage his neighbors to attend church with the reward of a weekly barbecue. He also always had time to help Mia with her homework despite juggling the family’s market and his career as a stock racer.

From a young age, Jack taught all he knew about cars to both Dom and Jakob. The trio worked together on Jack’s 1970 Dodge Charger R/T, which Dom took ownership of later in life. Though Jack put more pressure on Dom as the oldest, Jakob mistook that as favoritism. The family may have been a cohesive unit when the kids were young, but Jack’s death broke the family bond, especially when it came to Dom and Jakob.

Jack Toretto’s Death & Dom’s Prison Sentence
Young Dom Toretto in F9.

In The Fast and the Furious, Dom shared details regarding his father’s tragic death when talking to Brian O’Conner. When Dom was still in his teens, Jack continued his career as a professional stock car racer. However, during the last race of the season, a fellow stock car racer named Kenny Linder (Jim Parrack) targeted Jack, who was clearly one of the best on the track. After attempting to run Jack off the course, Kenny clipped the back of Jack’s car, sending him crashing into the wall at a high rate of speed. The vehicle instantly burst into flames while Dom had no option but to watch from the sidelines.

Dom, who knew his father’s death could have been avoided, went after Kenny, beating him with a wrench. The man survived, but Dom was sentenced to prison for the assault. He served a few years in Lompoc Prison, and his life greatly changed when he returned home. Without his father around, Dom was forced to take care of Mia while also managing the family’s corner store. Though he was banned from the racetrack for attacking Kenny, Dom never gave up his interest in cars. Granted, for the Dom Toretto backstory, his honorable life took a turn when he formed a crime ring by hijacking trucks

F9’s Backstory Retcon: Jakob Accidentally Killed Jack
The accident in the F9 stockcar race.

While much of Jack’s tragic history was presented early in The Fast Saga, F9 retconned certain details of the Dom Toretto backstory to fit in Jakob. The fact that Dom and Mia had a brother wasn’t officially revealed until the initial F9 trailer. By introducing the character, questions arose regarding how he fit into the Toretto family origins since his name was never mentioned. Through flashbacks, F9 modifies Jack’s death through Jakob’s involvement. Dom wasn’t just a spectator of the race that killed Jack; he was a member of his dad’s pit crew along with Jakob and a family friend, Buddy (Michael Rooker).

It turned out Jakob tampered with Jack’s car just moments before the big crash. Dom realized this after meeting Tego Leo and Rico Santos in prison. To Jakob’s defense, Jack came to his younger son, requesting that he do something under the car’s hood to throw the race. Jack and the Toretto family were in serious debt, but he couldn’t turn to Dom with this information. Instead, he trusted Jakob to help him, but it accidentally resulted in the man’s death.

Technically, Jakob was the one who was prepared to fight Kenny following distasteful remarks regarding Jack’s demise. However, as the bigger brother and new leader of the Toretto family, Dom stopped Jakob from doing something he would regret. Still, he couldn’t stop himself from attacking Kenny due to his own grief from losing his father. Dom’s actions may have saved Jakob, but they ended up setting Dom down a dark path.

How Dominic Became The Man In The Fast & The Furious
Vin Diesel in The Fast and the Furious.

With the knowledge of Jakob’s involvement in Jack’s death, Dom knew his brother had to pay for the pain he caused. While Dom was in prison, Jakob emerged as a skilled street racer within the Los Angeles area. One night, Dom turned up hell-bent on racing his brother head-to-head, but under the condition that if Jakob loses, he must keep driving and never turn back. Dom confronted Jakob, believing he killed their dad on purpose. Of course, Dom beat Jakob, forcing the latter to exile himself from the Toretto family.

While the Dom Toretto backstory saw him become the leader viewers know him to be since the Fast & Furious franchise launched in 2001, his role fell into place due to pivotal scenes presented in F9. Though Jakob was sent away, he didn’t go far, considering he stayed with Buddy until leaving Los Angeles and disappearing. Mia secretly kept in touch with Jakob until his disappearance, which the siblings would later learn was necessary to Jakob’s career as a spy. While the core of Dom’s backstory remained the same, F9 added a few complicated layers while sharing the tragedies of his past.

Dom Toretto Lives To Carry On His Father’s Legacy In Fast X
Custom image of Vin Diesel as Dom Toretto and Rita Moreno in Fast X.

A previously unseen member of the Toretto family showed up in Fast X when Dom’s grandmother paid a visit. The scene was only meant to set up the movie, but it also solidified where in the Dom Toretto backstory he received his ideas on “family.” The scene had a family dinner, with all the members of the team, and Dom’s new family eating. The only person not in attendance was Brian, who was still staying away to protect his child. While Dom was in the garage after dinner, his grandmother Abuelita Toretto walked in and began talking to Dom.

She echoed what Dom has always said about family, showing where in his past he likely learned these great lessons. As she told him, he lives to honor the legacy of his father and to carry on to future generations the idea that nothing is more important than “familia.” Abuela said that Dom honors his father’s name every day with how he lives and fights for his family. It was also important to see how Dom’s idea of family stretches out to everyone around him. In Fast X he met up with Isabel, who turned out to be the younger sister of Elena, the mother of Dom’s son, Little B – showing in Fast & Furious, Dom will protect everyone he considers family, at all costs.

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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.

2:34 Image 147 Related Predicting The Ending Of All 13 Fast & Furious Characters In Fast 11 The Fast Saga is set to conclude with Fast & Furious 11 – or Fast X 2 – but how will Dom Toretto and his family’s stories come to a definitive end?

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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