When the first trailer for The Fate of the Furious was released many fans were stunned to learn that Dominic Toretto, longtime hero of the series, would be turning on his family and aligning himself with a criminal mastermind named Cipher. While some fans were displeased or intrigued by this development, director F. Gary Gray may have had a different response to the twist. In an interview with CinemaBlend, Gray revealed that Dom’s dark turn was actually one of the reasons he agreed to direct the film.
Gray explained that the decision to have Dom turn on his family took the franchise in a direction in which he wanted to be involved.
“When I signed up to do this movie that was the storyline and the premise all along. Dom goes rogue, and that’s part of the reason why I chose to do the movie- [it’s] because this was so different than what had been established in the first seven movies — with family on a mission against the world. Now, the family’s falling apart, and I thought that was a major twist that I wanted to be a part of.”
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Now that Dom and Letty are on their honeymoon and Brian and Mia have retired from the game—and the rest of the crew has been exonerated—the globetrotting team has found a semblance of a normal life. But when a mysterious woman (Oscar® winner Charlize Theron) seduces Dom into the world of crime he can’t seem to escape and a betrayal of those closest to him, they will face trials that will test them as never before.
From the shores of Cuba and the streets of New York City to the icy plains off the arctic Barents Sea, our elite force will crisscross the globe to stop an anarchist from unleashing chaos on the world’s stage…and to bring home the man who made them a family.
Directed by F. Gary Gray, The film stars Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Dwayne Johnson, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Lucas Black, Kurt Russell, Jason Statham, Charlize Theron, Elsa Pataky, Nathalie Emmanuel, Scott Eastwood, Kristofer Hivju and Helen Mirren.
The Fate of the Furious will be released in theaters on April 14, 2017.