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10 Actors Who Would Be Perfect

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Vinnie Bennett has already played a young Dominic Toretto in F9 and could potentially reprise the role in a Fast & Furious prequel. Tom Holland would be a great choice to play Brian O’Connor in a prequel, capturing Paul Walker’s charm, physicality, and dramatic depth. Isabela Merced could effectively portray a badass Letty Ortiz in a Fast & Furious prequel, showcasing her action skills and proven ability to take on iconic roles.

As the Fast & Furious franchise expands its reach into spin-offs, it seems inevitable that the producers will eventually recast Dominic Toretto and his crew with young actors for a prequel, or a series of prequels. The fact that most of the characters’ meetings have already been seen on-screen would seriously hinder a potential prequel. A Fast & Furious prequel couldn’t have young Dom hanging out with young Hobbs, because they didn’t meet until Fast Five (and they were initially enemies). But there are some opportunities to fill in the backstory of a beloved character dynamic from the Fast & Furious movies in a prequel.

Roman is one of Brian’s best friends and their relationship predates the movies, so there could be a prequel exploring how they met. Alternatively, all the characters could be kept in their own separate prequel projects, like the X-Men producers tried to do with the X-Men Origins series. Every character in the Fast & Furious ensemble has enough backstory to have a full prequel all to themselves. However it shakes out, it’s only a matter of time before a Fast & Furious prequel casts younger versions of Dom and his family. So, who could play the younger incarnations of these characters?

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10 Vinnie Bennett As Dominic Toretto
Bennett Already Played Young Dom In F9
Vinnie Bennett as young Dom in F9: The Fast Saga.

The producers of the Fast & Furious franchise have already cast the young Dominic Toretto. Vinnie Bennett played a teenage Dom in the flashback sequences of F9. Bennett has previously played William Cooper in the biopic Whina and a rookie cop in the 2017 remake of Ghost in the Shell; he needs a starring role to push his career to the next level. F9 also featured Vin Diesel’s own son, Vincent Sinclair, as an even younger Dom. If Bennett has aged out of the role by the time a Fast & Furious prequel gets made, Sinclair could take the role instead.

9 Tom Holland As Brian O’Conner
Holland Has Paul Walker’s Blend Of Charm And Physicality

Casting someone to replace the late, great Paul Walker in the role of Brian O’Conner is no easy task. When Walker passed away, the Fast & Furious producers retired the character instead of trying to find a new actor to play Brian. But if the producers want to make a prequel exploring Brian’s early days as an FBI agent, Tom Holland would be a great choice for the part. Holland would recapture Walker’s signature blend of leading-man charisma, action-hero brawn, and engaging dramatic depth.

8 Isabela Merced As Letty Ortiz
Merced Would Do Badass Letty Justice
Isabela Merced as Dora in Dora and the Lost City of Gold

Isabela Merced could replace Michelle Rodriguez as badass Letty Ortiz in a Fast & Furious prequel. She demonstrated a lot of dramatic depth with her turn as Lizzy in Instant Family, and has proven that she’s adept at taking on big franchise roles with her performances as Izabella in Transformers: The Last Knight, Isabel in Sicario: Day of the Soldado, and the title character in Dora and the Lost City of Gold. The latter, in particular, proves that she can handle action, and that she’s not afraid to take on an iconic role.

7 Jenna Ortega As Mia Toretto
Ortega Has Been Launched Onto The A-List

Dom refers to all of his friends as his family, but his sister Mia Toretto really is his family. Jordana Brewster has done a terrific job with the role, sharing palpable chemistry with both Diesel as her on-screen brother and Walker as her on-screen love interest. If a Fast & Furious prequel gets made, the role of a younger Mia could go to Jenna Ortega. Ortega has proven with her turn as Wednesday Addams that she can put her own spin on an iconic role.

6 Jacob Latimore As Roman Pearce
Roman’s Comic Relief Needs A Funny Actor
Jacob Latimore wearing a suit in The Chi

Roman Pearce primarily serves to provide the Fast & Furious films with some much-needed comic relief. He always has a wisecrack ready for whatever situation Dom and his crew find themselves in. Tyrese Gibson has done a fantastic job with the role so far. But if a prequel is going to explore Roman’s past, Gibson could entrust the role to Jacob Latimore. Latimore proved with his turn in the House Party remake that he can deliver snappy banter in a naturalistic way.

5 Caleb McLaughlin As Tej Parker
McLaughlin Has Ludacris’ Charisma

Roman’s best friend and fellow comic relief character, Tej Parker, is played brilliantly by Ludacris in the mainline Fast & Furious saga. If a prequel movie delved into Tej’s past, Caleb McLaughlin could be a good casting choice. With his turn as Lucas in Stranger Things, McLaughlin has demonstrated that he has the electric on-screen charisma that Ludacris has brought to the role of Tej. The series’ comedic moments have shown that he can handle the comic relief, too.

4 Park Seo-Joon As Han Lue
Park Showed In The Marvels He Can Do Action AND Comedy
Park Seo-joon's Prince Yan yells a battle cry in The Marvels

It’s tough to picture anyone besides Sung Kang in the role of Han Lue, because the actor is so inextricably tied to the character. Kang’s easy charms and laidback demeanor will be difficult to replicate in a Fast & Furious prequel. But Park Seo-joon has proven with his performance as Prince Yan in The Marvels that he can handle both high-octane action sequences and goofy comedic bits (often at the same time). Park would make a great young Han in a Fast & Furious prequel.

3 Odeya Rush As Gisele Yashar
Rush Shares Gal Gadot’s Star Power
Odeya Rush leaning on a car in Lady Bird

Before she played Wonder Woman, Gal Gadot got her first Hollywood break with the role of Han’s love interest, Gisele Yashar, in the Fast & Furious franchise. She was thought to have died a few movies ago, but her return in Fast X showed that she was alive the whole time. There’s a lot more to Gisele than meets the eye. Lady Bird’s Odeya Rush has the charisma and the star power to do the role of Gisele justice in a prequel movie exploring her backstory.

2 Uli Latukefu As Luke Hobbs
Uli Latukefu Has Played Young Rock Before
Young Rock in the gym

Dwayne Johnson is a one-of-a-kind movie star, so he’ll be difficult to replace in the role of Luke Hobbs in a Fast & Furious prequel. Uli Latukefu has already been cast to play a younger Johnson in the sitcom Young Rock, based on Johnson’s early life, and he’s done a wonderful job with it. Latukefu has gotten approval from Johnson himself to play him. After playing a younger version of The Rock himself, perhaps Latukefu would be interested in playing a younger version of The Rock’s characters.

1 Taron Egerton As Deckard Shaw
Egerton Has Jason Statham’s Hard Edge And Humor
Taron Egerton as Eggsy in Kingsman: The Golden Circle.

There’s no one else in Hollywood with as much genuine grit and effortless charisma as Jason Statham. Statham is like a modern-day Charles Bronson: a tough-guy actor who’s actually a tough guy off-screen. But Taron Egerton has brought a similar blend of hard-edged badassery and a charming sense of humor to the role of Gary “Eggsy” Unwin in the Kingsman franchise. If Deckard Shaw’s background is explored in a Fast & Furious prequel, Egerton would be a strong casting choice.

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Fast & Furious 11’s Franchise-Ending Updates Makes The Rock’s New Hobbs Spinoff Even More Confusing

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Fast & Furious 11 will be the final ride for the franchise, closing the Toretto chapter after many years of success and some recent disappointments.
The status of The Rock’s Hobbs spinoff, Hobbs & Reyes, is uncertain as plans for the franchise’s finale have undergone changes.
While Fast 11 may mark the end of the main series, there is potential for Johnson’s character Hobbs to continue with solo adventures in the aftermath.

The latest update for Fast and Furious 11 suggests the saga truly is coming to a close soon – leaving Dwayne Johnson’s planned Hobbs spinoff in a strange place. After struggling for about a decade to find his footing as a leading man, The Rock finally broke through with his supporting role in Fast Five. His character Hobbs was essentially a human tank chasing after Dom (Vin Diesel) and his gang, and Johnson completely stole the 2011 sequel.

He continued with the Fast and Furious movies for several entries, but after a high-profile falling out with Diesel during The Fate of the Furious, he exited. Of course, Johnson’s stardom was at the point where he could focus on his own project, though he did reteam with Jason Statham for spinoff Hobbs and Shaw. In Fast X’s mid-credits scene, Johnson made a shock return as Hobbs – after previously vowing to never return to the main series. This brief scene teased the upcoming spinoff Hobbs & Reyes, where Johnson’s character will face off against Jason Momoa’s vengeful Reyes.

Fast & Furious 11’s Finale Plans Make The Rock’s Hobbs Movie Confusing
Hobbs & Reyes’ status needs to be confirmed
Dominic Toretto overtop Fast X scene of cast eating at table

Before the release of the 2023 sequel, star and producer Diesel suggested Fast and Furious 11 might not be the end, as originally planned. Instead, Diesel said the finale could be extended to two more installments, but following Fast X’s disappointing box office performance, the story will indeed wrap up with one last ride. In a recent Instagram post, Diesel confirmed the eleventh outing will be “the grand finale” – which makes the current status of Hobbs & Reyes a tad confusing.

Vin Diesel looking serious as Dom in Fast X. Related Fast & Furious 11’s Franchise-Ending Plans Reaffirmed By Vin Diesel In Emotional Development Update VIn Diesel offers an update on Fast & Furious 11’s development, reaffirming the next sequel will be the end for the mainline franchise.

There hasn’t been much heard about the offshoot since it was first confirmed in 2023, though it’s said to bridge the gap between Fast X and the next outing. Whether this means it will resolve the latter’s cliffhanger ending or feature any other main entry cast members are also unknown.

If
Fast 11
is truly arriving in April 2025, that doesn’t leave much time for
Hobbs & Reyes
to enter production and come out before its release date. Unless the project has already begun filming in secret – which feels very doubtful – there are signs the plan for Hobbs’ next adventure have changed.

How The Rock’s New Fast & Furious Movies Will Tie Into Fast 11
Will the spinoff truly bridge the gap between Fast X & 11?
Hobbs and Dante Reyes looking sideways in the Fast and Furious movies

When the spinoff was announced, the intention was for Hobbs & Reyes to take place between parts ten and eleven, and set the stage for the latter. Given the tepid response to Fast X, reports suggest the roadmap for Fast 11 has changed. These changes are said to include a new villain to replace Reyes and a more streamlined narrative that will take the series back to basics. Given how bloated the last chapter felt, these alterations sound like they’re for the best, but they don’t bode well for Hobbs & Reyes.

Given that it was Hobbs who pulled the trigger on his father in Fast Five, it makes all the sense in the world that Momoa’s Reyes would seek revenge on Hobbs. If anything, the pairing of Johnson and Momoa sounds epic, and if Fast and Furious 11 truly is getting a new antagonist, it would work in the finale’s favor if Hobbs took down Reyes before then. Again, the lack of visible movement on Hobbs & Reyes puts a giant question mark on it, since it doesn’t appear it will beat Fast 11 to the big screen.

Will Fast & Furious Truly End After Fast 11?
Is it the end of the road for Dwayne Johnson’s Hobbs too?

All of this leads to the central question: will Fast and Furious 11 actually end the entire franchise, or will it branch off in a new direction? Assuming Hobbs & Reyes doesn’t beat the next entry to theaters as originally planned, it would be odd for Fast 11 to “end” the saga, only for Johnson’s Hobbs to have a solo adventure straight after. It would be stranger for Hobbs & Reyes to arrive before the next sequel and become a hit, which would surely lead to calls for more sequels, undermining Fast and Furious 11’s ending claims.

Fast & Furious Movies Featuring The Rock Release Year Fast Five 2011 Fast & Furious 6 2013 Furious 7 2015 The Fate of the Furious 2017 Hobbs & Shaw 2019 Fast X 2023

The franchise was largely bulletproof for many years, but the reception to both Fast X and F9: The Fast Saga has shown cracks in the armor. Two decades on, it’s about time to wrap up the Toretto chapter and let the family enjoy their barbeques in peace without being targeted by the vengeful third cousin of a past villain. Fast and Furious 11 must deliver on its promise to end this part of the series – but there’s no reason Johnson’s Hobbs couldn’t continue for solo adventures in the aftermath either.

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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.Release Date April 4, 2025 Distributor(s) Universal Pictures

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The Rock Will Have To Save Fast & Furious Again 14 Years After Doing It In Fast Five

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The Rock’s return to Fast & Furious signals the end of his beef with Vin Diesel and a pivot in his career.
Fast 11 needs a streamlined approach, shedding excess characters and bloated plots to regain momentum.
The franchise has evolved significantly since Fast Five, but Hobbs’ return may be crucial to its future success.

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s first appearance in the Fast and Furious saga drove it to new heights, but over a decade on, can he do it all again? The Rock was such a charismatic presence during his WWE days that he felt like a natural fit for movie stardom – but it was a long road to get there. Most of his early star vehicles like The Rundown underperformed, and he was soon relegated to mediocre kids’ movies like The Tooth Fairy. It wasn’t until he was cast as Hobbs in Fast Five that his star persona finally clicked.

Hobbs evolved from an enemy to an ally of Dom’s (Vin Diesel) crew and scored his own spinoff with 2019’s Hobbs & Shaw. Outside of the Fast & Furious franchise, Johnson’s career took off in a major way too, with a run of hits that included his Jumanji sequels and Rampage. His high-profile falling out with Vin Diesel made it appear he would never return to the main series, but Fast X’s mid-credits sequence revealed Hobbs was indeed coming back, and being targeted by new villain Reyes (Jason Momoa).

Fast-X-Vin-Diesel

Related Fast & Furious’ Next Movie Must End The Franchise’s 9-Year Downward Trend

The Rock’s Fast & Furious Return Comes Alongside Fast X’s Box Office Disappointment
Will Johnson’s Hobbs come to the rescue of Dom and friends?
Custom image of Dwayne Johnson a Hobbs in Fast and Furious: Hobbs and Shaw Custom image by Debanjana Chowdhury

Just how much Hobbs and Dom will interact in the upcoming Fast and Furious 11 remains to be seen, but Johnson and Diesel at least appear to be on speaking terms again. Fast X’s Hobbs scene was a genuine surprise to fans, and it couldn’t have happened at a better time. The tenth installment was a troubled production, with original helmer Justin Lin quitting the project and being replaced by Louis Leterrier. The movie’s budget also ballooned to $340 million (via The Numbers), with Fast X’s eventual $714 million gross being seen as a disappointment by Universal.

The sequel was greeted with unenthused reviews too, and there are signs of general audience fatigue with the whole saga. Hobbs was missed during the last two entries, with the character being a good counterbalance to Dom’s self-serious presence, and while Hobbs & Shaw had issues of its own, it was more entertaining than Fast X. Johnson is a natural fit for this intentionally overblown franchise, and he brings a welcome amount of humor and macho energy to proceedings.

Fast & Furious Needs To Regain Momentum Ahead Of Fast X, Part 2
Fast 11 needs to get audiences excited again

A big sin of Fast X is that it reheated plot beats and twists the series had covered already, including yet another villain seeking revenge for the defeat of a family member. Most of the cast were split up into smaller groups, and the film had too many subplots and characters to track. If followers of the series felt fatigued by how bloated the narrative was, the film must have been near incomprehensible to newcomers. There are reports that Fast and Furious 11 will go back to basics, with a simple mission and a new villain.

Stripping away the excess – both in terms of characters and sidequests – will be crucial to Fast 11 regaining some sense of momentum. Even the action sequences in Fast X were lacking in genuine thrills or invention, and for a movie with “Fast” in the title, it didn’t feel very propulsive. Like with the purported superhero fatigue currently affecting the MCU, audiences may be getting weary of Fast and Furious’ bag of tricks. If part eleven is truly the end of the road, it really needs to focus on delivering an emotionally satisfying, flab-free outing.

The Next Fast & Furious Movies Can’t Repeat Fast X’s Mistakes
Hobbs and Reyes should take note from Fast X’s reception
A custom of Vin Diesel as Dominic Toretto and Jason Momoa as Dante Reyes in Fast X

Alongside the next sequel, Johnson and Momoa will square off in Hobbs & Reyes, which is set to bridge the gap between Fast X and Fast 11. Given the hammy energy Momoa brought to the sociopathic Reyes, the pairing of him and Johnson should make the spinoff a fun one. An advantage of the Hobbs’ spinoffs is they’re free to untangle themselves from the baggage of the main story and can play with the rules a little. Hobbs vs Reyes already indicates a leaner storyline, but the next main entry isn’t so lucky.

Fast X’s cliffhanger ending left too many plates spinning, including the fates of Dom, his son and most of the gang after Reyes outsmarted them all. Presumably, the outcome of this will have to wait until Fast and Furious 11 is released, though if Hobbs and Reyes is set between the two sequels, the spinoff may have to deal with some of Fast X’s fallout too. If the news of the next sequel focusing on a single mission is true, this is a step in the right direction.

The tenth movie pulled itself into too many directions, so Fast 11 needs a streamlined approach. It doesn’t require any more wacky plot twists or surprise family members and must deliver on the promise of closing out the current era of the series. Instead of holding out for yet another sequel, Diesel should focus his creative energies on giving Dom and pals the sendoff they deserve, and realize that Fast X’s maximalist hurt the movie.

Fast & Furious (& The Rock’s Career) Have Changed A Lot Since Fast Five
Johnson’s return doesn’t guarantee a Fast & Furious return to form
A custom image featuring Dwayne Johnson as Luke Hobbs in the Fast and Furious movies Custom image by Debanjana Chowdhury

Every Fast & Furious Featuring Hobbs Release Year Fast Five 2011 Fast and Furious 6 2013 Furious 7 2015 The Fate of the Furious 2017 Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw 2019 Fast X 2023

Johnson’s Fast and Furious comeback is exciting because it means the beef between him and Diesel is officially squashed, and that Hobbs is no longer an outcast from the main storyline. That’s all good news, but in reality, Johnson’s career outside the property has changed in recent years. While his box office record was once unimpeachable, Johnson’s returning off the back of the high-profile failure of Black Adam, and the critical drubbing faced by projects like Red Notice.

In truth, the decision to return to Fast and Furious was likely to give his own career a little boost. There’s nothing wrong with that, of course, but while he’s arguably the biggest star of the main cast, The Rock could use a couple of solid box-office hits too. The main Fast and Furious films have changed a lot since Hobbs’ debut in the fifth film. Fast Five officially marked the turning point where they switched from street race action movies to the global-hopping blockbusters they transformed into.

The series is barely recognizable from its early days and has only become more outlandish. Hobbs’ return obviously won’t have the same impact as his Fast Five introduction, but it should at least signal the end of the series is near and all the key players will be there. If the franchise is to continue beyond the Toretto clan, Johnson’s Hobbs is the natural way to go, so he may be responsible for saving Fast and Furious in more ways than one.

Fast X
is currently available to stream on Amazon Prime Video.

Source: The Numbers

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.Release Date April 4, 2025 Distributor(s) Universal Pictures

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Fast & Furious 11’s Franchise-Ending Plans Reaffirmed By Vin Diesel In Emotional Development Update

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Fast & Furious 11
marks the end of the mainline franchise, with Vin Diesel confirming the finale in an emotional Instagram post.
Diesel shared that story meetings for the movie are complete, promising an incredibly powerful conclusion to the Fast Saga.
While the mainline franchise will conclude with
Fast & Furious 11
, spinoff films like
Hobbs & Shaw
will continue the series in the future.

While progress continues on the various spinoffs, Vin Diesel reaffirms Fast & Furious 11 will be the end for the mainline franchise in a new development update. The next installment in the long-running action franchise had been announced at the same time as Fast X’s development, with the plans for the movies to be a two-part sendoff for the series. After an initial pause due to the Writers Guild of America and SAG-AFTRA strikes in 2023, Universal quickly got to work on putting together the script for Fast 11, with subsequent reports varying on how it would tackle its predecessor’s cliffhanger ending.

With just over a year remaining until its scheduled release date, Diesel took to his Instagram to offer an update on Fast & Furious 11’s development.

In his post, as seen above, the star/producer emotionally reflected on the franchise’s journey thus far, particularly as he reaffirms that the next movie will be the end for the mainline franchise. Diesel also offered a promising update on the movie’s development, confirming that the story meetings are finished and promising a finale in which “incredibly powerful is an understatement”.

Will The Fast & Furious Franchise Continue After 11?

Despite once being a dominant franchise at the box office, the end for Fast & Furious quickly seemed inevitable in recent years as the financial returns began dropping. While F9: The Fast Saga’s box office numbers could be chalked up to its mid-pandemic release, Fast X’s didn’t fare much better, despite touting a production budget over $100 million larger than its predecessor. This all points to a general waning interest among audiences akin to the recent superhero fatigue affecting the Marvel Cinematic Universe and remaining DC Extended Universe releases.

Though Diesel’s post confirms the end of the mainline franchise, it doesn’t mean Fast & Furious can’t continue after the upcoming eleventh movie. It was confirmed in mid 2023 that development was underway on a new standalone sequel entitled Hobbs & Reyes, with Dwayne Johnson continuing his role after his surprise return in Fast X and Jason Momoa reprising his villain role. Around the same time, Johnson also confirmed that Hobbs & Shaw 2 was still in development, but that those plans were postponed in favor of the movie bridging the gap between the tenth and eleventh movies.

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Additionally, plans for a female-led Fast & Furious spinoff were announced in 2019, with Charlize Theron expected to reprise her role as the villainous Cipher for the project, though very few updates have been shared in the years since. Given Universal seems to be generally reconfiguring their plans for the franchise’s future, it remains to be seen whether these spinoff plans will come to fruition after Fast & Furious 11. One can at least hope that Diesel’s promise of an epic finale proves to be true with the extended development time given to the next installment.

Fast X is available to stream on Prime Video.

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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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