Vin Diesel calls Paul Walker’s final Furious 7 scene ‘best moment in cinematic history’

Vin Diesel considers his final scene with Paul Walker in Furious 7 to be “the best moment in cinematic history”. Walker, who played Brian O’Conner in the action franchise, died in a car crash in 2013 while in the middle of making the 2015 movie. Produ…

Vin Diesel considers his final scene with Paul Walker in Furious 7 to be “the best moment in cinematic history”.

Walker, who played Brian O’Conner in the action franchise, died in a car crash in 2013 while in the middle of making the 2015 movie.

Production was delayed so the script could be rewritten and filming was eventually completed using his brothers as stand-ins, with Walker’s final scene showing him having one last ride with Diesel’s Dominic Toretto before the road splits and they go their separate ways.

In an interview with NME, Diesel shared how he didn’t want to return to the production after the tragedy but was determined to make sure his friend bowed out of the franchise in a classy way.

“I didn’t want anyone to use the tragedy as a story plot,” he said. “It was so important to me… It was a very, very tough moment. But there was some solace in the fact that we were able to protect from the natural whim of a producer or anyone to say, ‘Well now you’re going to go avenge the character,’ and use it as a plot and we were able to do something so beautiful and so classy.

“It might be the best moment in cinematic history. Not just in my career but in cinematic history. Men around the world – everyone was able to cry – but men around the planet for the first time in history were able to cry together.”

He also recalled how movie executives offered him the opportunity to not return to the film as he was “so broken” by Walker’s death.

“I was so reluctant to go back to filming. I just felt like the studio was asking me to go back to a funeral and I was so, so, so, so broken by it,” the 52-year-old admitted.

Furious 7 remains the most successful instalment of the franchise, and is currently the ninth highest-grossing movie of all-time.

Diesel had been gearing up to promote Fast & Furious 9 but the release has been pushed back a year due to the coronavirus outbreak.

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Fast & Furious 9 release delayed by a year due to coronavirus

The release of Fast & Furious 9 has been pushed back by almost a year due to concerns over the coronavirus outbreak. Executives at Universal, the company behind the high-octane action franchise, made the decision to move its release from May on Thursd…

The release of Fast & Furious 9 has been pushed back by almost a year due to concerns over the coronavirus outbreak.

Executives at Universal, the company behind the high-octane action franchise, made the decision to move its release from May on Thursday because of the impact that the escalating coronavirus is having on the film distribution landscape, with cinemas being closed in certain countries to curb the spread of COVID-19.

In a statement issued on the film’s social media pages, the “Fast Family” announced the movie would now be released in U.S. on 2 April 2021, with a global release that month.

“We feel all the love and the anticipation you have for the next chapter in our saga,” the message read. “That’s why it’s especially tough to let you know that we have to move the release date of the film. It’s become clear that it won’t be possible for all of our fans around the world to see the film this May.

“While we know there is disappointment in having to wait a little while longer, this move is made with the safety of everyone as our foremost consideration. Moving will allow our global family to experience our new chapter together. We’ll see you next spring.”

The announcement came hours after John Krasinski confirmed his upcoming horror sequel, A Quiet Place Part II, which was due to be released next week, had been postponed for the same reason. A new release date is not yet known.

“One of the things I’m most proud of is that people have said our movie is one you have to see all together,” he wrote on social media. “Well due to the ever-changing circumstances of what’s going on in the world around us, now is clearly not the right time to do that. As insanely excited as we are for all of you to see this movie… I’m gonna wait to release the film till we CAN all see it together! So here’s to our group movie date! See you soon!”

Thursday was a big night for movie news, with Disney also postponing the upcoming releases of Mulan, The New Mutants, and Antlers. James Bond movie, No Time to Die, was recently pushed back by six months due to the pandemic, meaning the next big studio release is Trolls: World Tour on 10 April.

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John Cena had ‘no fear’ doing his own stunts on Fast & Furious 9

John Cena had no fear while performing his own stunts for Fast & Furious 9.The 42-year-old was cast in the latest instalment of the action franchise last year, but has refused to divulge any information on the character he will be playing alongside ori…

John Cena had no fear while performing his own stunts for Fast & Furious 9.

The 42-year-old was cast in the latest instalment of the action franchise last year, but has refused to divulge any information on the character he will be playing alongside original stars Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Nathalie Emmanuel, Ludacris, and Charlize Theron.

However, he told Collider that his mysterious character will be involved in plenty of explosive set pieces, and revealed that he was more than happy to do his own stunts on the movie.

“On film, I will cheat death but it’s so safe,” Cena explained. “I had no fear in any of the processes. It’s awesome and I think by making the actors feel that sense of like, ‘Hey man, we’ve set this up so you are going to be all right. Just go for it.’ You get the best performance from your actors rather than somebody going, ‘I don’t know about this’… It was unbelievably safe but also unbelievably creative.”

While the original cast has worked together since The Fast and the Furious back in 2001, newcomer Cena received a warm welcome from his co-stars.

“It is a family environment and it is one that the world views as their family as well. They’re into the storyline, they’re into the characters, and they’re into this 20-year, eight- instalment narrative that, in a lot of cases, (is defining),” he shared.

“On top of that, they’ve managed to build an almost superhero environment with real people… It’s already a globally-appreciated franchise and I think Fast 9 will be a wonderful adrenaline shot for the franchise.”

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Vin Diesel hints Fast & Furious 10 will be split into two parts

Vin Diesel has teased fans with the possibility that Fast & Furious 10 could be split into two parts.The 52-year-old, who has played Dominic Toretto in the long-running action franchise since 2001, revealed that he thought about the ending of the Fast …

Vin Diesel has teased fans with the possibility that Fast & Furious 10 could be split into two parts.

The 52-year-old, who has played Dominic Toretto in the long-running action franchise since 2001, revealed that he thought about the ending of the Fast & Furious saga even before filming began on the upcoming Fast & Furious 9.

“I started planning for Fast 10 before we started filming Fast 9. Very much so,” he told Total Film magazine, noting that he wants to stretch out the next instalment of the franchise for the fans and executives at the studio Universal.

“Universal deserves it because of how much they’ve invested in this little saga, and it’d be good to give back to Universal. And for the fans, should Fast 10 parts one and two be the conclusion, it would be nice for this world to continue for generations to come,” Diesel added.

The hugely successful action saga, which has grossed more than $5 billion (£3.8 billion) worldwide, also spawned last year’s spin-off movie Hobbs & Shaw, with Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham reprising their Fast & Furious characters for the blockbuster.

Diesel touched upon the possibilities of more spin-offs and insisted he was happy with the future of the franchise being enjoyed by different audiences.

“The universe is so robust and so rich with talent and rich with story that, on one level, it’s totally feasible to have spin-offs, and I think that’s something that is inevitable,” he explained.

Fast & Furious 9, which also stars Michelle Rodriguez, Charlize Theron, John Cena, Jordana Brewster, and Tyrese Gibson, will hit cinemas in May.

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Charlize Theron’s new pixie cut inspired by soccer star Megan Rapinoe

Charlize Theron’s new pixie cut was inspired by American soccer player Megan Rapinoe.The 44-year-old debuted her new ‘do at the Glamour Women of the Year Awards in New York on Monday and told the FIFA Women’s World Cup winner she was the reason for her…

Charlize Theron’s new pixie cut was inspired by American soccer player Megan Rapinoe.

The 44-year-old debuted her new ‘do at the Glamour Women of the Year Awards in New York on Monday and told the FIFA Women’s World Cup winner she was the reason for her chic crop.

During her acceptance speech after being honoured with The Rebel award, Charlize spoke about empowering her fellow women.

“The women in this room tonight are putting themselves on the frontlines of the empathy battle, via storytelling, creating opportunities for those who need it most, or just unabashedly being yourself and telling other women, ‘We don’t have to apologise for who we are or what we are,'” she explained, before pausing and pointing at her blonde hair. “And I’m looking at you, Megan. This is all you.”

Charlize’s new look comes just weeks after she debuted a ’90s-style fringe bowl cut, with honey-coloured highlights, which was created by celebrity hairstylist Adir Abergel.

Sharing a snap of the actress on Instagram, he revealed that he was inspired by one of the world’s most iconic supermodels: Linda Evangelista.

“I always feel so blessed collaborating with this insanely talented human @charlizeafrica,” the hair expert wrote. “I was inspired by early images of Linda Evangelista shot by @therealpeterlindbergh. It took some rad people to make this one come to life.”

Charlize later confirmed that she took the plunge with the daring haircut as part of her upcoming role as Cipher in Fast & Furious 9.

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Cardi B joins Fast & Furious 9

Cardi B has joined the cast of Fast & Furious 9.Vin Diesel, who produces and stars as Dominic Toretto in the franchise, revealed on Tuesday that the Bodak Yellow star would be appearing in the long-running action franchise by posting a video on Instagr…

Cardi B has joined the cast of Fast & Furious 9.

Vin Diesel, who produces and stars as Dominic Toretto in the franchise, revealed on Tuesday that the Bodak Yellow star would be appearing in the long-running action franchise by posting a video on Instagram which showed him and Cardi on the U.K. set of the film.

“Day 86 here on the set of Fast 9. I know I’m exhausted, we all gave every single thing we could for this movie, put it all on the table, put it all out there,” he told viewers, before Cardi added, “I’m tired – but I can’t wait. I ain’t gonna front, this is gonna be the best one.”

“We’re so blessed. The last day of filming in the U.K. All love always,” Vin continued. They both started laughing when the 27-year-old joked that she needed to take a nap and the video concluded with them repeating the film’s release date “May 2020”.

Fast & Furious star Jordana Brewster appeared to approve of the casting, as she wrote in the caption, “Yaaaaaasssssssssssssssss (sic),” with the raising hands emoji, and Meadow Walker, the daughter of late Fast actor Paul Walker, also gave her seal of approval.

It’s not known what role Cardi will be playing in the movie, which marks her second time acting in a film following Hustlers earlier this year.

In October, the rap star had teased that she had another acting job in the pipeline on The Ellen DeGeneres Show by saying, “Yup. I am going to film for a movie this month.”

Cardi B’s casting comes just a day after Vin revealed Latin popstar Ozuna had bagged a role in the film. They will join Fast & Furious regulars Brewster, Michelle Rodriguez, Ludacris, Tyrese Gibson, and Nathalie Emmanuel as well as returning stars Helen Mirren and Charlize Theron and fellow franchise newcomers John Cena and Michael Rooker.

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Ozuna joins Fast & Furious 9

Latin music star Ozuna has landed a role in Fast & Furious 9. Vin Diesel, who produces and stars as Dominic Toretto in the franchise, announced the Latin trap and reggaeton singer, full name Juan Carlos Ozuna Rosado, had joined the long-running franch…

Latin music star Ozuna has landed a role in Fast & Furious 9.

Vin Diesel, who produces and stars as Dominic Toretto in the franchise, announced the Latin trap and reggaeton singer, full name Juan Carlos Ozuna Rosado, had joined the long-running franchise by sharing a snap of himself with Ozuna and director Justin Lin on Instagram on Monday.

“As you know, we have often found great talent in the music industry to cross over into film,” he wrote in the caption. “They are expected to leave all the accolades at the door to embrace the character with integrity… and that is exactly what Ozuna has done. Very proud of your work and role in Fast 9! Pa Mi Gente (For my people)! All Love, Always…#Fast92020 #YoungSantos #Ozuna #Fatherhood.”

The hashtags also revealed that Ozuna will either play the younger version or the son of Don Omar’s character Santos, who had a big role in Fast Five and a small appearance in 2017’s The Fate of the Furious. He is a supporting character who aligns himself with Dominic’s crew.

The Puerto Rican star, who recently won two 2019 Latin American Music Awards, is also in talks to be part of the film’s soundtrack.

The casting marks his third appearance in a film following 2018 romantic comedy Que Leon and its upcoming sequel Los Leones, which is set for release in November, the same month his third album Nibiru drops.

Fast & Furious regulars Michelle Rodriguez, Ludacris, Tyrese Gibson, Jordana Brewster, and Nathalie Emmanuel are returning for the ninth instalment, Helen Mirren and Charlize Theron are reprising their roles, while John Cena and Michael Rooker are new additions.

Dan Casey wrote the screenplay from a story by Lin and Alfredo Botello. The film is set to hit cinemas in May 2020.

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Charlize Theron gets ’90s-inspired bowl haircut for Fast & Furious 9

Charlize Theron has opted for a ’90s-inspired bowl cut for her appearance in Fast & Furious 9.The Academy Award-winning actress made her debut in the eighth instalment of the action franchise, 2017’s The Fate of the Furious, in which she played Cipher,…

Charlize Theron has opted for a ’90s-inspired bowl cut for her appearance in Fast & Furious 9.

The Academy Award-winning actress made her debut in the eighth instalment of the action franchise, 2017’s The Fate of the Furious, in which she played Cipher, a criminal mastermind and cyberterrorist who coerces Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) into working against his team by holding Elena Neves (Elsa Pataky) and their son hostage.

For her part in the movie, Charlize sported platinum blonde locks which were styled into twisted braids, but on Monday, she took to Instagram to upload a snap of Cipher’s new hairdo – a short brunette crop with honey blonde highlights.

“She’s baaaaack #Fast9,” she captioned two snaps from the set of the film.

Charlize, 44, didn’t share any further details about her latest transformation, however, her longtime hairstylist Adir Abergel uploaded a post in which he explained that the bowl cut was influenced by “early images” of 1990s supermodels Linda Evangelista and Cindy Crawford by photographer Peter Lindbergh.

“I always feel so blessed collaborating with this insanely talented human @charlizeafrica. I was inspired by early images of Linda Evangelista shot by @therealpeterlindbergh. It took some rad people to make this one come to life,” the hair expert captioned a picture of Charlize, before adding a vintage photo of Linda and Cindy and writing: “I was inspired by Linda Evangelista and Peter Lindbergh early ’90s vibes for Charlize’s new hair look. This image of @lindaevangelista@cindycrawford has been in my brain for a long time.”

A number of Charlize’s celebrity followers were quick to praise her bold new look too, with Lily Collins writing in the comments section, “Love this!!” and January Jones adding, “This hair is next level good. But would only look good on you.”

Fast & Furious 9, also starring Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, John Cena, and Helen Mirren, is due to hit cinemas in May 2020.

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Dave Bautista has no desire to play villain in Fast and Furious franchise

Dave Bautista has no plans to play a villain in one of the Fast and Furious franchise films.The former WWE star, who portrayed Drax the Destroyer in Marvel Cinematic Universe movies such as Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers: Endgame, was tagged in a…

Dave Bautista has no plans to play a villain in one of the Fast and Furious franchise films.

The former WWE star, who portrayed Drax the Destroyer in Marvel Cinematic Universe movies such as Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers: Endgame, was tagged in a Twitter post on Saturday by a fan who suggested he appear in a spin-off feature alongside Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and John Cena.

However, Bautista was quick to reject the idea and throw shade at the popular series.

“Thank you for your consideration,” he replied, before adding a vomiting emoji and the hashtag “I’d rather do good films”.

One follower then responded to the sportsman-turned-actor’s hashtag, reminding “Big Dave” that he had a role in the critically-panned 2018 movie Escape Plan 2, in which he appeared opposite Sylvester Stallone.

But hitting back, Bautista responded: “Genius! Big Dave didn’t state that he’s never done a bad film. But I did them for particular reasons that helped build an ‘acting’ career. And I got to work with Sly so in your face with that! You’re dismissed!”

Fast & Furious 9, featuring original castmembers like Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, and Jordana Brewster, is currently shooting in London and is set to be released in May 2020.

While spin-off movie Hobbs & Shaw, which sees Johnson and Jason Statham reprise their roles as Luke Hobbs and Deckard Shaw, respectively, is scheduled to open in cinemas in August.

Bautista, 50, can next be seen onscreen in the action comedy Stuber, alongside Kumail Nanjiani, and is also attached to star in upcoming flicks like The Killer’s Game and Army of the Dead.

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Jordana Brewster officially returning for Fast & Furious 9

Jordana Brewster has confirmed she will appear in Fast & Furious 9.The actress played Mia in five of the eight Fast & Furious movies, and was the love interest for Paul Walker’s character, Brian. But when the actor tragically died in 2013, filming was …

Jordana Brewster has confirmed she will appear in Fast & Furious 9.

The actress played Mia in five of the eight Fast & Furious movies, and was the love interest for Paul Walker’s character, Brian.

But when the actor tragically died in 2013, filming was still underway on Furious 7, and accordingly, the script was changed to write Paul out of the franchise, with the final scene depicting Brian driving off into the sunset with Mia and their child.

Yet, on Thursday, Jordana shared a snap of her with co-stars Michelle Rodriguez and Ludacris on the set of the ninth instalment, which is currently filming in the U.K.

“Feels good to be back with family,” she wrote.

Vin Diesel also shared a video from the set with Jordana, who plays his onscreen sister, with the pair sitting with a new child actor.

“OK, we are here, it is Day 4 and we are still in gratitude because it is such a beautiful place to shoot. We love shooting in London, this is one of many locations,” the 51-year-old commented.

“I am with Jordana, Mia, my incredible sister, on and off screen and we have someone very, very special here and this is Isaac,” Diesel said, before the young actor said he’s playing “Baby Brian”.

Fans are now speculating exactly what director Justin Lin is planning on doing with Paul’s character Brian, if Jordana is returning to the franchise.

Fast & Furious 9 is set to be released in May 2020, with Tyrese Gibson and Nathalie Emmanuel returning for the penultimate movie in the saga.

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