Hit the brakes: the end of the Fast & Furious franchise might not be what everyone expected. After being announced as the first in a two-part finale to the overall series, Vin Diesel is now hinting that Fast X might actually be the first film in a trilogy.
“Going into making this movie, the studio asked if this could be a two-parter,” Diesel told Variety at the world premiere of the movie in Rome, Italy. “And after the studio saw this one, they said, ‘Could you make 'Fast X' the finale, a trilogy?'”
Michelle Rodriguez, who plays Letty in the series, added, “it’s three acts in any story.”
(I mean, if they’re going to be technical, television shows tend to have five acts, but I feel like pointing that out to them might extend the series even further.)
If this turns out to be the case — and Variety reports that it has reached out to Universal Pictures, which makes the series for comment, but with no confirmation or denial as of writing — then it means that the so-called 'Fast Saga' will actually last 12 movies, not the previously announced 11. (Technically, the series already has 11 cinematic installments with the release of Fast X, thanks to the Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw spin-off movie; you can check out our guide to the entire series right here.)
Quite what this would mean for the storyline as a whole remains to be seen; reportedly, Fast X ends on a cliffhanger, with Rodriquez telling Vanity Fair that fans “are going to feel so cheated in a way, but then so gratified and excited about what’s to come.” Speculate on what that means all you want, but know that she added, “After 23 years of shooting these things, it’s really tough at this stage to shock me, and they got me good.”
The 11th Fast & Furious movie will see director Louis Leterrier return after his Fast X duties, working from a screenplay by 22 Jump Street’s Oren Uziel and The Flash’s Christina Hodson, who signed on to write the movie just ahead of the current WGA strike.
Fast X will race into theaters May 19.
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