Vin Diesel will continue to live his “life a quarter mile at a time.”
Diesel announced Wednesday on Facebook that he will be starring in the upcoming “Fast and Furious” live show.
Universal Studios is teamed up with Brand Events for the international arena tour, based on the hit franchise, which kicks off in January.
“As you know, my work with ‘Fast and Furious’ never ends, which I’m grateful for because of you all,” Diesel, who plays Dominic Toretto, said in the Facebook video. “I am in New York, believe it or not, and we are filming something that is going to be pretty state of the art, something no one’s ever seen before, which is a live show.”
The actor also told fans that the show will launch in the United Kingdom.
“I think it’s first going to be showed at the O2 Arena in London, but it’s going to go all over the world and we’re really excited about it,” Diesel added. “It’ll be a way for you to see the action first-hand, first time it’s ever been done.”
The show will include re-creations of some of the stunts and cars in the eight-film franchise, which is still expanding. The executive producers are Chris Hughes and James Cooke-Priest, along with writer/director Rowland French.
Vin Diesel to Star in ‘Fast and Furious’ Live Arena Tour
There have been few things more constant in the Fast & Furious universe over the last 16 years than Michelle Rodriguez. Other than Vin Diesel, she’s the only main cast member from the original film to appear in the franchise’s latest installment, The Fate of the Furious. But with movies 9 and 10 already on the horizon, is it possible we’ve seen the last of Letty Ortiz?
Fast 8 was officially released this week for digital downloads, and Rodriguez marked the occasion by posting an ultimatum on her Instagram account—more prominent roles for female characters, or she’s out. Though the franchise has added a bevvy of high-profile female actresses during its evolution from a street racing drama to the wildest ride this side of a Marvel movie, most of those have been supporting parts, or one-and-done characters.
It’s also true that the Fast & Furious movies feature a much more diverse cast than your average summer blockbuster overall, but it’s hard to deny that the male characters drive most of the action, while women like Rodriguez or Jordana Brewster aren’t as prominently featured in the main plots. And speaking of those two specifically, Rodriguez previously pointed out the tiny number of on-screen interactions they’ve shared despite working together for almost two decades.
“I’ve been making movies with Jordana, who plays the sister of Dom Toretto, for 16 years and I can count on one hand how many lines I’ve had to her,” she said to Entertainment Weekly. “I think that’s pathetic and it’s [a] lack of creativity.”
Fast 9 will hit theaters sometime in 2019—we’ll be watching to see if Rodriguez (or Charlize Theron’s evil Cipher from Fast 8) makes a return.
During Sunday night’s MTV Movie and TV Awards, Fast and Furious bandleader Vin Diesel and his squad of action stars received the Generation Award. During his acceptance speech, Diesel took a moment to remember the massive (and massively popular) franchise’s past, as fellow Furious actors Gal Gadot, Tyrese Gibson, Jordana Brewster, and Michelle Rodriguez joined him onstage.
“In 2002, I was standing on this stage and MTV had given Paul Walker and I an award for best duo,” Diesel recounted. “And now, 15 years later, I’m with my whole family and you’ve given us the Generation Award.” Walker passed away in a car accident in 2013.
“I gotta thank a generation that was willing to accept this multicultural franchise, where it didn’t matter what color your skin was or what country you were from. When you’re family, you’re family,” Diesel added. “And I could never stand on this stage and talk about Fast and Furious without giving love to my brother Pablo, our brother Pablo. We hope you’re proud.”
The latest installment in the mega-series, which came out in April, broke box office records in its premiere weekend, raking in an estimated $532.5 million; by the end of the month, it had crossed $1 billion in ticket sales. It’s the first Furious movie to not feature Walker, although his legacy clearly still looms large when it comes to the the beloved action-packed franchise, and the next film is already slated for a 2019 release.