Say Goodbye To Your Favorite Fast & Furious Characters, Vin Diesel Is Killing Most Of Them Off

Fast X will have a body count of fan favorite characters according to its director, as the end of the franchise means the end of the road for some of the ensemble.

By Phillip Moyer | Updated

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If you want to end a franchise, you could always just let everyone ride off into the sunset or you could kill all of the characters. Vin Diesel seems to have chosen violence, according to an interview Empire Magazine did with director Louis Leterrier. According to Leterrier, Fast X— the first film in a two-part finale for the long-running Fast & Furious franchise, will feature a whole lot of dying.

“There’s a war brewing,” director Louis Leterrier teased. “It’s coming to an end, and it is a race to the finish. There will be some tremendous casualties.”

The series has come a long way since its relatively humble origins more than two decades ago, with its first film centering around illegal street racing and street crime. Starting with Fast Five, the series transitioned to be a vehicle-focused spy series, similar to Brosnan-era James Bond with a heavier focus on vehicles. With its tagline “the end of the road begins,” Fast X appears to be the culmination of more than a decade of one-upmanship, featuring three major villains, along with a whole slew of enemies coming after Dom Toretto, who has been played by Vin Diesel since the first movie.

One of the main villains in Fast X is Charlize Theron’s Cypher, returning from F9: The Fast SagaJohn Cena will also reprise his quasi-villainous role of Jakob from F9. These two will be joined by Jason Momoa’s new villain, Dante.

Dante, who Momoa has called a “very flamboyant bad boy,” is a character that Louis Leterrier seems particularly excited about. Describing the character as “1000% Momoa,” Leterrier gushed about the character, implying that he may just be more dangerous than either Jakob or Cypher.

The cast of The Fast and the Furious franchise

Of course, it’s not just villains who will be returning to the series in Fast X. Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges will be returning as Tej, a role he played in 2003’s 2 Fast 2 Furious, and then every other Fast & Furious film since Fast & Furious 6. Sung Kang will return as Han, a role that first appeared in the franchise in The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, but has his origins in the independently-produced crime drama film Better Luck Tomorrow.

Other recurring characters that will appear in Fast X include Roman (Tyrese Gibson), Little Nobody (Scott Eastwood), Buddy (Michael Rooker), Mia (Jordana Brewster), Ramsey (Nathalie Emmanuel), and Letty (Michelle Rodriguez).

It’s unclear which of these characters will survive the onslaught of Dom’s enemies in Fast X or its upcoming sequel. There are several Fast & Furious spin-offs in the works, so some of them will definitely make it through alive. Leterrier has promised casualties, however, so be prepared to see some longtime favorites die.

Vin Diesel once said that every good story has an ending, and you can catch the beginning of the end of the series when Fast X releases on May 19, 2023. The eleventh film, which will be the final film of the main series, does not have a scheduled release date — or even an official title, for that matter.