With ‘Fast X’ now on its way past $600 million worldwide at top speed after a little less than a month on release, ‘Fast’ star/producer/PR maven Vin Diesel has taken to Instagram to thank fans and remind us all that this is just the first of what is planned as at least two, and as recently rumored by Vin himself, three movies. He announced that Part 2 will drive into theaters on April 4th, 2025.
That’s a big statement right now, since the ongoing writers’ strike means that films such as this are being delayed all over the place as scripts can’t be finished –– not that ‘Fast’ films’ strength is usually in the written word, but those stunt sequences don’t (usually) create themselves.
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With that script at an early stage (we’re fairly sure the team would have worked out a few elements before committing to two, and possibly three-film structure), it’s tough to say exactly what will happen.
What we do know –– spoiler alert for anyone who has not watched ‘Fast X’ –– is that the new movie will need to resolve the various cliffhangers of the most recent film, including the fate of Roman (Tyrese Gibson), Tej (Ludacris) and Ramsey (Nathalie Emmanuel), last seen on a plane that crashed to the ground and Diesel’s Dom Toretto, trying to escape the watery nightmare unleashed by Dante (Jason Momoa).
Yet perhaps more interesting in Diesel’s latest social media pronouncement is his praise for Momoa, who plays the flamboyant, vengeful villain in the latest film.
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Following chatter that Diesel had been unhappy with how over the top Momoa took the character, worried it had hurt reactions (even though many reviews praised it), it now appears he’s more quickly looking to put out cyber-fires. “I love how expressive and collaborative all of the actors in our franchise feel coming into the World’s Saga,” he says. “Jason wanted to try something totally unique and special and ended up creating a scene stealing character that the world won’t forget.”
Note the use of the phrase “the world’s saga” –– never one for understatement, our Vin.
This brings to mind his beef with Dwayne Johnson, which both actors are now trying to say has been squashed, with The Rock taking to his own social media channels to announce a new solo movie for Luke Hobbs to tie in with the next ‘Fast’ film. The spin-off could arrive next year, but given the ongoing strike, we’ll wait and see.
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‘Fast X’ is produced by Neal H. Moritz, Vin Diesel, Justin Lin, Jeff Kirschenbaum and Samantha Vincent. The executive producers are Joseph M. Caracciolo, Jr., David Cain, Chris Morgan, Amanda Lewis and Mark Bomback.