Dead Fast and Furious star ‘will be in Fast X’
The ninth Fast and Furious movie, F9, hit theaters in 2021 and continued the story of the Fast Family battling the forces of evil. Well, they’re not done yet, and the tenth movie, Fast X, is set to hit theaters in May of this year. Surprisingly, it will also include the return of Brian O’Conner.
The first trailer for Fast X hit the internet earlier this year and confirmed the arrival of some big names in the series. Aquaman star Jason Momoa was revealed as the franchise’s new villain in the clip from the film, confirming that he has a hate-filled grudge against Vin Diesel’s character Dominic Toretto. Similarly, Marvel actress Brie Larson was introduced as a new character (Tess), however she currently looks like she will be a new ally to Dom and his family.
The most unexpected arrival, however, will be that of Paul Walker. The American actor died in November 2013, at the age of 40, after a ferocious car accident in California.
Despite his off-screen death, Walker’s character Brian was never killed off. Instead, he “walked away” from the antics Fast Family performed. He’s been referenced numerous times since then, and in F9 his car made it to the family barbecue before the credits rolled.
The Fast X director has confirmed that fans will once again see Brian interacting with his peers in the new movie.
In an interview with Total Film (Via Daily Star), Fast X director Louis Leterrier said: “Well, Brian is very much alive in the world of Fast and Furious, and he’s been teased a lot in the previous movies. In [F9]We see the car coming. It is something that is planned. This movie jumps back and forth between the past and the present.”
In earlier films, after Walker’s death, Brian was brought back to life via CGI and his two brothers acting as stuntmen.
However, Leterrier noted that Fast X will have Brian returning in “past” scenes, rather than something new.
He also pointed out how important it was for him to have the support of everyone around him in bringing Brian back into the fold for another movie.
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“It’s something everyone has to agree on,” Leterrier said of Brian’s inclusion. “The Walker family is still a very important part of this franchise, you’ll see how in this movie. It just has to be the right timing, the right tone.”
Diesel and Walker were great friends after they met on the set of the franchise’s first film, The Fast and the Furious, in 2001.
While the Riddick actor hasn’t spoken about bringing Brian back, Diesel has regularly posted photos of his friend and paid tribute to him.
Most recently, Diesel remembered his friend on the nine-year anniversary of his death.
Diesel wrote: “Nine years… I love and miss you.”
Walker’s brother, Cody, recently spoke about how Paul has been honored since his death by the Fast and Furious team.
He said TMZ: “I think Vin and the whole family have done a good job letting the character ride off into the sunset. I think Paul would love to know where he’s gone. He’s gone so crazy. It’s a wild, wild ride on this point.”
Fast X hits theaters on May 19, 2023.
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