It is currently movie trailer season and Fast 8 is certainly going to be a part of it. With the arrival of the mega-blockbuster to be that is Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, many film studios are putting out the trailers for their potential blockbusters for next summer. They will surely be seen on the big screen, as well as online, but Fast & Furious tends to enjoy doing their own thing. The franchise has more recently made their trailer reveals into events unto themselves and this eight entry does not seem to be straying from that path.
Furious 7 really went out of its way to sell the debut of their trailer and more leading up to its release and that worked out pretty well for them. Fast 8 has a trailer release planned for this Sunday, but that doesn’t mean audiences can’t get a reminder of what they enjoy about this franchise. That’s the thought of this team, as a new video released through the Fast & Furious series’ official social media accounts has appeared, a week ahead of the trailer reveal.
As can be seen in the video above, the Fast & Furious cast came together to go over the franchise’s legacy thus far. Complete with cheesy dialogue, memorable clips from films past and reminders about the franchise’s central theme of family, the video serves as a way for the fans to get a brief look at the past, as well as hints for what is to come. The major highlight is the presence of some new footage, which includes a look at the villain portrayed by Charlize Theron. There are also some shots of vehicular mayhem, which has been previously seen in other behind-the-scenes videos from the production.
Fast 8 is being directed by F. Gary Gray (Straight Outta Compton) and sees the return of the many cast members that make up this franchise, as well as new additions in the forms of Theron, Helen Mirren, Scott Eastwood and Game of Thrones’ Kristofer Hivju. Little is known about the plot, but the film did shoot in Cuba, Iceland and New York City and is said by producer Neal H. Moritz to be something of a spy caper. Given the ensemble cast and new locations, there is certainly a lot to look forward to.
It really is the cast that holds these things together. The stunts are fun and all, but somehow this incredibly diverse and genuinely enjoyable group of people work together. It helps that the series has gotten more interesting by way of its English villains. Both Luke Evans and Jason Statham were fun additions and ideally Theron and Mirren are also part of the same family. It would certainly fit the family motif that Vin Diesel seems to believe is the key theme for all of this. Whatever the case may be, those who enjoy this series get a fun reminder here as to why – with hints at what is to come. Hopefully the trailer really delivers this coming Sunday.