After a trickle of behind the scenes videos and a teaser or two, the Fast & Furious lot have finally dropped a full trailer for The Fate of the Furious (F8/Fate - geddit?).
It’ll be out on 14 April 2017, and is the first instalment in the franchise since Tokyo Drift to not star Paul Walker, following the actor’s tragic death in 2013.
We’ve pored over every detail of the three minute trailer to bring you the key details that show us how the film will shape up:
Dominic Torretto once said “I don’t have friends, I got family”. Well, now he doesn’t have family either, as he’s only gone and bloody betrayed them all and shacked up with the film’s baddie.
But don’t worry, we’re 99 per cent sure it’s all a clever ruse, and Dom will no doubt be back with the fam sipping Coronas and putting on a damn good barbecue by the end of the film.
Both Vin Diesel and director F Gary Gray have hinted that this F&F instalment will be of a higher calibre than previous efforts. Snagging an Academy Award winner for the cast certainly helps, and that’s exactly what’s been done with the addition of Charlize Theron.
She’s the aforementioned baddie Dom’s in league with, and is described as “the very definition of high-tech terrorism.”
No surprise here: the last few F&F films have all featured a wide variety of mouth watering motors. And destroyed a lot of them (many being mock-ups, thankfully).
Notable spots in the trailer include:
Dodge Charger (obviously)
Land Rover Defender
Subaru WRX STI
Chevrolet Corvette C2
Aston Martin DBS
Bentley Continental GT (is that a Mansory kit?)
Dodge Viper ACR
Nismo IDx Concept
Mercedes SLS AMG
Yep, we’ve another F&F film that mixes planes with cars. What we can’t tell from the trailer is whether or not the runway is 30 miles long…
Having inexplicably morphed from a film series about street racing to a bombastic action franchise that merely features cars, more recent F&F instalments have at least added a dash of street racing here and there.
It’s the same for F8, with the trailer getting a token street racing scene, taking place in Havana, Cuba.
Another high-calibre cast addition to the cast was revealed earlier this year to be none other than acting legend Helen Mirren. But, having not - as far as we could see - made a single appearance in this fairly long trailer, you do wonder if she’ll only have a very small part.
After the entirety of Furious 7 being about putting Shaw behind bars, he’s, erm, let out to help the good guys….
Forget about Vin Diesel’s claims that this film has a shot at the Oscars: judging by the trailer, it looks to be similar fare to the last few F&F films. And by that, we mean lots of explosions, manic action, crashes and predictable plot elements (see points 1 and 7). But on the whole, just like the last few films, it’ll almost certainly be thoroughly entertaining.
We’ll be watching next April; will you?