Furious 7 looks like it’s going to be even more over-the-top than its predecessors in this action-packed first look. Today, we get the official trailer for the next installment in the Fast & Furious franchise — Furious 7. (They’re no longer fast, now they’re just furious.) Predictably, it’s full of crazy stunts, death-defying moments, and beautiful women.
Furious 7 brings back old favorites Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, and Ludacris. Newcomer Nathalie Emmanuel, best known for her work on Game of Thrones, also features in the trailer. Other new additions include Jason Statham, who made a cameo appearance in the post-credits scene of Fast & Furious 6, and Kurt Russell. Fans will remember that Fast & Furious 6 ended with Shaw’s brother, played by Statham, killing Han (Sung Kang) as revenge for Shaw’s death.
Of course, the recurring theme of family is alive and well in this trailer: “I don’t have friends. I got family.” What makes it even more poignant is the shot to Paul Walker.
Production was pushed back last year with the passing of Paul Walker, who’s been with the franchise since the very beginning (way back in 2001). Walker died in a fatal car accident in November 2013. Despite the lighthearted nature of the Fast & Furious franchise, this will definitely make the experience of watching Furious 7 much sadder. We know that Walker’s character, Brian O’Conner, will retire by the end of the movie because the filmmakers thought it would be the best way to honor Walker’s legacy.
Furious 7 also gets a new director with Justin Lin passing on the torch to James Wan (Insidious, The Conjuring).
Here’s the official synopsis.
Continuing the global exploits in the unstoppable franchise built on speed, Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Dwayne Johnson lead the returning cast of Furious 7. James Wan directs this chapter of the hugely successful series that also welcomes back favorites Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Elsa Pataky and Lucas Black. They are joined by international action stars new to the franchise including Jason Statham, Djimon Hounsou, Tony Jaa, Ronda Rousey, Nathalie Emmanuel and Kurt Russell. Neal H. Moritz, Vin Diesel and Michael Fottrell return to produce the film written by Chris Morgan.
Furious 7 will hit theaters on April 3, 2015.