The Fast and the Furious has been one of the most successful action film series and it’s made apparent as we anxiously await the seventh release. Since the first film’s release in 2001, the auto industry saw a surge of new fans looking to modify their rides just like the characters of the flick. Whether you’re a fan of cars or just a fan of car movies, Furious 7 is sure to be exciting. From the original favorites to a few new characters, here’s a look at some of the faces you’ll see in the April 3rd release.
Paul Walker (Brian O’Conner) Sure, Paul Walker may have appeared in other films, but he is certainly most recognizable as the lead character from The Fast and the Furious series. The films reflected his passion of racing. Walker competed in the Redline Time Attack and owned a high-end vehicle performance shop called Always Evolving. During production of Furious 7, Walker tragically died in a car accident with his friend and business partner, Roger Rodas, shortly after an event for Walker’s charity Reach Out WorldWide.
Vin Diesel (Dominic Toretto) Vin Diesel’s start into acting was unexpected. At the age of seven, he broke into a theatre with friends with the intention of vandalizing the building. Instead, a woman stopped them and offered $20 and a script as long as they attended every day after school. From there he continued acting and eventually got his major screen start in Saving Private Ryan but his career exploded when he starred opposite Paul Walker in The Fast and the Furious.
Michelle Rodriguez (Letty Ortiz) Michelle Rodriguez may have a pretty face, but she always wants you to know that she is a tough woman as well. In addition to her reoccurring role in The Fast and the Furious series, she’s also played the role of strong characters in Avatar, Resident Evil, and the television series “Lost,” as well as her first lead role in Girlfight.
Jordana Brewster (Mia Toretto) She got her start as a teen in the soap opera industry, but Jordana Brewster had demonstrated that she is more than just a pretty face. While reaching stardom through her roles in The Fast and the Furious, Brewster continued her education until graduating from Yale University in 2003.
Tyrese Gibson (Roman Pearce) Tyrese Gibson may have gotten his start as an R&B singer, but the screen was calling his name. The Grammy Award-winning artist first appeared in small cameos on television series before becoming an MTV VJ. It wasn’t long before his role in The Fast and the Furious projected him into the film world. He continues to release music albums while he pursues the world of film production.
Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges (Tej Parker) Ludacris may be known more for his platinum award-winning rap albums and love for Atlanta, Georgia, but he’s made his place in his role in The Fast and the Furious series. He’s continued his acting career with small roles in films and in television series.
Dwayne Johnson (Luke Hobbs) Dwayne Johnson is most recognizably known for his career as a professional wrestler named “The Rock.” His muscular physique led him to a role in The Mummy Returns and from there he went on to appear in many television series and films. Since Fast Five he has played a lead role in the series and still maintains his wrestling career.
Jason Statham (Deckard Shaw) Jason Statham may not have been in the previous six releases, but he is no stranger to the world of action flicks or even car-themed action flicks. You first saw him in Lock, Stock, And Two Smoking Barrels, but he’s also participated in hits like Snatch, The Transporter, The Expendables trilogy, and even did a voiceover for Gnomeo & Juliet. Yet you may most recognize him from his roles as Handsome Rob in The Italian Job. Statham portrays the main antagonist in Furious 7 who is avenging his brother’s death.
Many of the faces you know and recognize from the six existing films will make appearances as their roles are revived. You may see some favorite faces such as Lucas Black, Sung Kang, and Gal Gadot make their return. You’ll even see some familiar faces make their The Fast and the Furious debut including Ronda Rousey, Kurt Russell, and Iggy Azalea.