'Fast & Furious 6' Officially Begins Principal Photography; What We Know So Far...

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by Tambay A. Obenson
July 30, 2012 6:04 PM
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It's 2am & just got up for the 1st day of FF6. Always love the calm & silence of the night b4 going on set. Let's go shoot a f@#kin' movie!

Words tweeted by director Justin Lin very early this morning.

Of course FF6 is Fast & Furious 6, the 6th film in the successful franchise featuring dudes, chicks, and lots of fast cars. Principal photography has officially begun, whether you like it or not!

In December, star Vin Diesel said that this, the sixth installment of the franchise, would be split into two movies. Diesel reportedly said that during the planning process of the new movie, the Fast and Furious creative team realized that they would need a seventh movie to tell the full storyScreenplays for the sixth and seventh were being written simultaneously. 

“With the success of this last one, and the inclusion of so many characters, and the broadening of scope, when we were sitting down to figure out what would fit into the real estate of number six, we didn’t have enough space.”

And with the tease at the end of #5 of the return of a character played by Eva Mendes, last seen in 2 Fast 2 Furious, as well as the return of Michelle Rodriguez, “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,” Diesel explained.

Just about the entire Fast Five starring cast will be returning: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Tyrese GibsonJordana Brewster, and others.

Rihanna was rumored to be joining that cast, playing a "sultry villain" with "plenty of bite" who "doesn't take any prisoners."

No confirmation of that yet though. I guess I'll start following her on Twitter again to see if she drops any hints like, "now leaving the set of FF6. Tyrese makes me LOL," or something like that.

Details on plot for FF6 are still unknown, but the film is scheduled for a May 24, 2013 release.

Fast Five was blockbuster popcorn fun (grossing an impressive $624 million worldwide), but, even with the tease towards the end of it, I can't say that I'm looking forward to 1, let alone 2 more films in the franchise.

What else could they do with it?

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  • Peggy | July 31, 2012 7:46 AMReply

    The FF franchise was a model of diversity when it first started and it's now the most diverse franchise made. The last film was filmed in S. America and it was fascinating to see all of the POC walking around the streets, playing secondary roles. No other American film comes close. No matter what you feel about production values or story lines, the movies are possibly the most important in terms of POC in all of film history in my opinion. In other words, what other films have POC as leading roles, film in non-white countries or areas of the US and make TONS of money? They are the exact opposite of what Hollywood says is possible!!! If Hollywood wanted to make money, all their movies should be like this.

  • LeonRaymond | July 30, 2012 9:34 PMReply

    @BIG STYLES & ALM

    I agree 100% They keep doing what all these other franchises do is gross great box office and Rentals, -What JOHN CARTER do i have to say more, I want to see this one as I still am watching the last one again, they got it correct, and culturally, they have done a lot of deep Minority casting. Can say that at all of the other films. And to ALM, yeah please leave Rihanna off this project and the next 18 projects, go and get a real actor with substance and not some over the top hype who tries to be all Ms. Sexy and just can't pull it off!!

  • Big Styles | July 30, 2012 7:35 PMReply

    DAY=MADE. Rihanna in FF6? Mind=Blown. The previous was stated without any irony, or sarcasm.

    Think of it this way, name another film franchise with a 90% non-white cast that continues to outperform 5 movies in? Hell, name a minority helmed franchise. Secondly, Tyrese has been in some of the largest money making films of all time. Surely this can greenlight "Baby Boy 2" John Singleton, get on that.

  • ALM | July 30, 2012 7:03 PMReply

    Great. Sometimes we all want to escape the problems in our lives by watching a movie that is just balls to the wall action without a lot of substance. Hey, it works for me.

    They may want to rethink the casting of the "sultry villain" based on the response and reaction to "Battleship".

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