Fast Six

Fast and Furious 6

When the first poster for the upcoming Fast & Furious 6 was released last month, it somehow escaped our notice that said poster, which only featured star Vin Diesel, a sweet ride, and the pitch perfect tagline “all roads lead to this,” may actually be just one in a series of character posters. After all, what did it tell us about Diesel’s Dominic Toretto beyond his love for white tees, bald pates, and ass-kicking rides? Oh. Wait. Well, I guess that does sort of cover it, actually. With the release of a similar poster, featuring Paul Walker, his own sweet ride, same tagline, and some totally hip slacker posture, it’s safe to assume – one’s just a poster, two is a trend, and this is the beginning of a new set of character posters for Fast & Furious 6. Clear your wallspace now (what, you thought we meant computer wallpaper?), ready your best photo paper (is that still a thing?), and hit the jump to check out the Vin Diesel poster, too. Now let’s get to some swift-moving home improvement.

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There’s been plenty of buzz about potential casting in the sixth Fast and Furious film (seriously, the sixth film), which we’re just going to refer to as Fast Six until someone tells us otherwise, but it’s been hard to quantify any of it without knowing the plot that these new characters would fit into. Fortunately, today we’re gifted with some confirmed casting (beyond, of course, the core crew who are all expected to return) and the first bit of real plot information for the film. As had been rumored last week, Luke Evans is in final negotiations to play the bad guy in Fast Six – not necessarily a villain (though that’s what been widely reported), but at least a dude audiences will likely be rooting against. The news comes from Variety, who detail his character by expounding a bit more on the film’s plot – it will “involve the crew heading overseas to work on a heist job. Evans would play the leader of another crew trying to pull the same job.” See! Not a bad guy! He’s just like Paul Walker! Or Vin Diesel! Maybe we’ll end up liking him! It’s happened before!

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Looks like Rihanna has found a career in an unexpected place (forgive me), as the pop star is now reportedly set to join the sixth film in the recently revitalized The Fast and the Furious franchise. The Sun reports (via Cinema Blend) that Rihanna will play the villain in Fast Six or Fasixth or Another Fast Movie or whatever they’re calling it these days, a gig she snagged based on, of all things, the strength of her performance in Battleship. A “source” (who is apparently a huge Rihanna fan) is quoted as saying, “Rihanna impressed with her acting debut in Battleship. Writers think she’ll be perfect for the role. Her character has plenty of bite and doesn’t take any prisoners — just like her in real life.” Of course, this news might need to be taken with a grain of salt – mainly because the Sun seems convinced that the last Fast film took place in Tokyo, so they might not be the most trustworthy of sources when it comes to all things fast and furious. While our own Cole Abaius sunk Battleship in his review, he did note that the pop singer “is one of the few actually trying hard to deliver a real performance,” so reports of Rihanna impressing bigwigs with her work isn’t too insane, though it might be hard for most Americans to swallow before we actually get a chance to see Battleship on this side of the pond. The film opens in the U.S. on […]

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Gina Carano in Haywire

Gina Carano’s claim to fame is that she can stomp people into the ground while, simultaneously, looking fabulous. So far she’s used these seemingly at odds traits to build a promising little career in entertainment, originally by being the first MMA athlete to bring real mainstream attention to the female fight game, and lately by transitioning her physical skills to the acting world. We got our first look at how Carano will fare on the big screen earlier this year in Steven Soderbergh’s Haywire, where the budding actress proved (in a starring role) not only that she could be just as alluring and magnetic as the biggest actresses working in Hollywood today, but also that there was a certain action magic to be had when your lead actress is able to perform all of her own fight scenes, probably better than any stuntwoman would be able to. Carano’s character in that film was overly stoic, however, and everything she was asked to do there seemed to be crafted to emphasize her natural looks and physical skills, and to de-emphasize any real emoting or serious acting that her inexperience might not yet be able to handle. That approach isn’t going to be able to last forever though, and now that Carano is signing up for a couple new roles, we might start seeing for the first time what she really has to offer as an actress.

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While writing F6st and the Furious, director Justin Lin, screenwriter Chris Morgan and star/producer Vin Diesel just couldn’t jam in all the story and character development they needed. Nay, that the story itself demanded. According to Diesel (via THR), they’ve decided to add a seventh movie into the franchise. “We have to pay off this story, we have to service all of these character relationships, and when we started mapping all that out it just went beyond 110 pages,” said Diesel. “The studio said, ‘You can’t fit all that story in one damn movie!’” Well, what were they expecting? The movies in this franchise have always been primarily about character arcs, emotional evolution, and providing audiences with a keyhole look into the soul of humanity. Plus, it’s helpful that Fast Five has made $626m worldwide so far. It seems crazy, but it’s wonderful to see such a dialogue-based, mature story being such a smash blockbuster commercially. Let’s all raise a glass to the intellectually nuanced F7st 7nd F7r777s! That is, if you can hear yourself thinking over the crunching of popcorn and revving engines.

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