The Fast & Furious franchise was stunned when old director Justin Lin suddenly left the family after disputes with seriesstar Vin Diesel. Filling the gap he left would be no small task, as Lin has helped five films in the franchise, starting with The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift and helped the series usher in its Hollywood marquee status. As a series mainstay Michelle Rodriguez must be believed though, the franchise has found a suitable director to take the wheel for the coming Fast X in Louis Leterrier.
Leterrier is no stranger to directing high-octane action movies or blockbusters. In the 2000s, he sat behind the camera for the Jason Statham-LED The transporter as well as the box office hit The Incredible Hulk which featured Edward Norton rather in the lead role Mark Ruffalo emerged as the superhero in the MCU. He also directed the star thriller Now you see me in 2013, although he has since chosen to do television, directing episodes of series such as she-wolf and The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance. The most important thing for him Fast & Furious qualifiers, however, is that he is a huge fan of the franchise. During an interview with The Hollywood Reporter at Comic-Con for Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among ThievesRodriguez praised the energy he brought as someone who clearly loved the movies, saying, “He’s so dope, man.”
Rodriguez admitted that without Lin’s familiar presence, the team behind the film initially felt a little lost. However, once Leterrier stepped in, the production was revived with the actress saying of him:
He came with all this energy of love. We haven’t had that in a very long time in Fast and Furious where we get excited about someone who is a true fan and who really wants to take it to places it hasn’t been before. We’ve been at it for 20 years, mate. After all this time you get tired and you kinda forget what you’re doing it for [until] a director like Louis comes in and reminds you, “This is beautiful. Let’s go make magic.’ We’re so lucky with him, bro.
While Leterrier brought on board a creative team of his French compatriots, Rodriguez joked that this film “is the French Fast & Furious.” She added: “Our special effects team, all the guys doing the fights, they’re all French. Our second AD is French. Our director is French. It’s like the French takeover, dude.” Despite the new director’s overhaul, Lin’s fingerprints will still be on the coming Fast X. He’s still on board as a producer, alongside Diesel, Neal Moritz, Jeff Kirschenbaumand Samantha Vincentand he wrote the script next to it Dan Mazeau.
Fast X features the return of Diesel and Rodriguez as well Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Jordana Brewster, Nathalie Emmanuel, Sung Kang, Scott Eastwoodand Charlize Theron of Cardi B and Michael Rooker ready to reappear after their franchise debut in Fast 9. Jumping in the car for the first time will be Jason Momoa, Brie Larson, Rita Moreno, Alan Ritchsonand Daniela Melchior. Details are remarkably sparse about the film, although it moves towards a final finale for the franchise with one more film.
Fast X hits theaters on May 19, 2023.
Watch the trailer for F9, the most recent participation in the Fast franchise below: