"Fast Five" Japanese Theatrical Poster
THE MOVIE: Director Justin Lin is stepping down from his post for now and is passing the baton to Saw and Insidious filmmaker James Wan, who will supposedly put a “gritty, ’70s revenge thriller” vibe on the next installment. Here’s an official plot tidbit: After Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and his crew helped take down Owen Shaw, his brother Ian Shaw (Jason Statham) now wants revenge.
In addition to Vin Diesel and Jason Statham, Fast and Furious 7 stars Dwayne Johnson, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Lucas Black, Kurt Russell, Tony Jaa and Djimon Hounsou.
Updates: At one point, there were strong rumors that both Jean-Claude Van Damme and Scott Adkins would be appearing in the film. | First photo of Tony Jaa and Jason Statham on location for Fast and Furious 7. | The fun continues with another on-set photo of Tony Jaa and stunt coordinator Joel Kramer. | Photo of Tony Jaa and Dwayne Johnson. | Visit Film Combat Syndicate has a fight tease, featuring Michelle Rodriguez.
Following the news of Paul Walker’s death, Tony Jaa was one of the many stars, who Tweeted about his friend and co-star: “I am truly saddened over the sudden and unexpected passing of my friend and colleague Paul Walker. I would like to express my sincere condolences to his family. I will not tell you about Paul the actor, I will simply tell you that he was a very caring and sincere person towards friends and family. There are a great many people who will miss him. I knew him a relatively short time, but I am better for the experience. Go in peace my friend, you will not be forgotten. TJ”
In honor of Paul Walker, Universal will donate some of the proceeds from the upcoming Fast & Furious 6 Blu-ray & DVD release to Walker’s charity Reach Out WorldWide. As far as the future of Fast & Furious 7, there has been some talk about scrapping the current storyline and moving the plot into a completely new direction.
THR reports that Chris Morgan, Fast & Furious 7′s screenwriter, is revising the script that could make use of scenes that were shot before Walker’s death. If the plan works, production may resume by late January. | According to Vin Diesel, Fast and Furious 7 has a new release date set for April 10, 2015 (formerly July 11, 2014). Visit Film Combat Syndicate to see a photo of one of the last scenes Walker filmed with Diesel.
BREAKING NEWS: THR (via Collider) reports that Walker’s character Brian O’Conner will not be killed off in Fast & Furious 7, but will instead be retired “in a way that the studio hopes will satisfy fans of the franchise and make use of the exciting footage of Walker.”
Cityonfire.com is hoping you can take a minute to check out www.FrankandBeanz.com, a doggie apparel website that has just released their Fast & the Furrious clothing line. Part of the proceeds will be donated to Paul Walker’s charity, Reach Out World Wide (ROWW).