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10 Behind The Scenes Facts About 2 Fast 2 Furious

With there now being nine Fast & Furious movies in the series, all of which come with higher expectations with each consecutive release, it’s easy to forget the high expectations that came with 2 Fast 2 Furious.

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On paper, the second movie in the series seemed doomed from the start, as Vin Diesel wasn’t attached to the project and the story didn’t follow on from the original. However, by tapping a director, who was more excited than anybody to be working on the project, it turned out to be a fun action movie, despite all of the changes to casting, the script rewrites, and some drastic changes to the characters.

There Were Two Different Movie Treatments

Rome laughs at his opponent before a race in 2 Fast 2 Furious

After the crushing success of the first movie, a sequel was greenlit almost immediately. However, the studio was unsure about Vin Diesel’s return. Instead of waiting to find out if he would come back for a sequel, Universal pulled the trigger and commissioned two movie treatments.
One treatment was the idea for the plot if Diesel did return, and the other was the treatment for the movie that exists today, without Diesel, as he decided to work on The Chronicles of Riddick instead.

Vin Diesel Didn’t Return Because The Screenplay Didn’t Have A “Francis Ford Coppola Approach” To It

Dominic Toretto stand in front of a street lined with souped up cars in The Fast and the Furious

With Diesel opting not to return and going on to work on the sci-fi movie instead, it was the disappointing screenplay that led him to the Riddick series. Fascinatingly enough, Diesel mentioned in an interview with Variety that he didn’t return for the second movie because it didn’t have a “Francis Ford Coppola approach to it.”
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Coppola, who directed the classics The Godfather, The Conversation, and Apocalypse Now, also directed one of the greatest sequels of all time, The Godfather Part II. It was unlike any sequel in cinema history, as the gangster follow-up further explored the characters instead of being just another action-driven plot featuring the same characters. Of course, Diesel would be the person to compare the Fast & Furious series to the Godfather movies.

Ja Rule Was Originally Tapped To Play Tej Parker

Edwin stands next to his car in The Fast and the Furious

Ja Rule was originally in the first movie, playing Edwin and being in the first race. It was planned for him to return in the sequel with a bigger role, given that his music career had blown up at this point and he was a much bigger star than when the first movie came out.
However, he refused the role because he wanted more money, which led director John Singleton to repeat what Rob Cohen did with the original movie and find a younger up-and-coming rapper. It worked out for the best, as Ludacris has great chemistry with the rest of the cast, and it’d be hard to imagine the series without him. And if Ludacris wasn’t cast, fans wouldn’t have “Act A Fool,” which is one of the best Fast & Furious songs.

Paul Walker Did All Of His Own Stunts

Brian and Monica in a Mitsubishi in 2 fast 2 furious

Though Vin Diesel is the face of the Fast & Furious saga and has a vibrant supporting cast behind him, Paul Walker carried the series for the longest time and was up there side by side with Diesel. Just as Diesel had a hand in producing the movies, Walker gave everything he had to the series, and that meant doing all of his own stunts too.
It was hardly work for him, as Walker was such a gear head, but from the first street race to the race to the impound lot, the late, great actor did all of his own stunts in the movie.

The Electrical Device That The Police Use In The Movie Doesn’t Exist

Agent Markham shoots an ESD harpoon launcher in 2 Fast 2 Furious

In 2 Fast 2 Furious, there is an electrical device used by the police called the ESD Harpoon Launcher. It’s a gun that shoots a harpoon with three prongs, and when it hits a car it disables it and causes the vehicle to spin out of control. It’s one of the things that don’t make sense about the series. As there have been so many car chases with the police in the time since, why wouldn’t they use the ESD Harpoon Launchers again?
It’s an incredible device, and it makes viewers wonder why there are car chases that go on for hours at a time when they can just use this nifty harpoon launcher. Well, there’s a reason for that. In the Director’s Commentary, John Singleton reveals that the Harpoon Launcher was created for the movie and that it doesn’t actually exist.

John Singleton Wanted To Direct Because He Loved The First Movie

The cars sit at the start line for the first race in 2 Fast 2 Furious

There has been less of a focus on street racing in the later movies, and there seems to be one street race shoehorned into each film just to appease fans of the original movie. Well, Singleton wanted to direct 2 Fast 2 Furious because he’s one of those fans.
The director has praised the original movie to no end, and he is even on record as saying that he was jealous that he didn’t think of it first, as he had grown up watching street races in South Central L.A.

Devon Aoki Didn’t Have A Driver’s Licence When She Was Cast

Suki in 2 Fast 2 Furious

Devon Aoki plays Suki in the sequel, and her bright pink Honda S2000 is one of the more memorable vehicles of the movie. Suki and her car appear throughout the whole movie, often accompanying Tej and helping Brian in the car scramble in the final act. Sadly, she hasn’t been seen since so many fans would have liked to see her get her own spin-off.
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However, Aoki had to go through some intense training for the role, as just like Michelle Rodriguez before her, she didn’t actually have a driving license during the production of the movie. In a behind-the-scenes footage of the movie. Aoki is seen in driving school, and she’s a bag of nerves.

Markham Was Originally A Dirty Cop In An Early Draft Of The Script

James Remar as Agent Markham giving orders in 2 Fast 2 Furious

Along with FBI agent Bilkins, who returns to the series after being seen in the first movie, Agent Markham is introduced, a much more hotheaded FBI agent with a short fuse.
He doesn’t see eye to eye with either Rome or Brian, but by the end of the movie they finally make amends. But that wasn’t always the way Markham was written. In an early draft of the screenplay, the character was actually a dirty cop and on Carter Verone’s payroll.

50 Cent Was Considered For The Role Of Roman

50 Cent walks through the street in Get Rich Or Die Tryin’

There is a long history between the Fast & Furious series and rappers, as not only have Ja Rule, Ludacris, and Lil Bow Wow starred in the first three movies, but 50 Cent was considered for the role of Roman Pierce too.
It would have been a very different movie if 50 Cent was cast, as the actor/rapper is generally much more serious than Rome, who is portrayed as an easy-going prankster. However, Tyrese Gibson ended up getting the role, and just like how Ludacris is inseparable from the series in fans’ eyes, Gibson’s charm is the flare of the franchise.

It Was Almost Going To Be Set In Japan

Han drifts through Tokyo in an orange and black Mazda RX7 in Tokyo Drift

At one point in development, Jeff Celentano was tapped to direct the sequel, and he wanted to shoot the movie in Japan. Whether or not it was Celentano that influenced the direction that the studio went in with the third movie, Tokyo Drift, which was set almost entirely in Japan, is unclear.
However, as Tokyo Drift saw the series delve into street racing unlike any movie that came before, Celentano’s treatment for the movie would probably have been a lot different and more drama-oriented, just like the first movie.
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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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