Vroom Vroom: 'Furious 7' International Trailer and Behind the Scenes Featurette

Monday, 16 March 2015 08:51 Written by  Jordan DeSaulnier
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Vroom Vroom: 'Furious 7' International Trailer and Behind the Scenes Featurette

Furious 7 had its world premiere via a surprise midnight screening at SXSW last night and word from everybody in Austin is that this is exactly the fast, furious sequel we've all been waiting for.

If, like me, you could make it all the way to Austin, Texas this year, though, there's a consolation prize: an international trailer that really gets to the heart of what this franchise is all about.  Plus, there's also making-of featurette that goes behind the scenes of that beautifully ludicrous skydriving sequence.

In case you've been riding the bench in the blockbuster action movie game for the last few years, Furious 7 picks up where Furious 6 left off.  Deckard Shaw, the unstoppable badass brother of Furious 6 villain Owen Shaw, is pretty pissed about his brother getting crippled by Dominic Toretto and his crew.  As such, he sets out to exact revenge on our heroes, starting with Han, the crew-member whose demise was overhauled in the post-credits sequence of the last The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, making it not an accident on the streets of Edo, but a straight-up murder by that son of a bitch Deckard Shaw.

That post-credits teaser introduced Jason Statham as the new Shaw brother, and we've been waiting almost two years to see what happens when this master of badass cinema joins the biggest badass franchise out there.

Well, it's almost here and we've got the international trailer to prove it:

 

And here's the featurette going behind the scenes of the C-130 drop.  If you haven't seen the clip yet, head this way then double back for the making-of snippet:


James Wan, the director of horror hits The Conjuring and Insidious, takes over as helmer on this, the seventh installment in the defining franchise of modern action cinema.

Justin Lin, who directed the last four installments, opted out when Universal initially scheduled Furious 7 for just over a year after Furious 6, and now he's busy directing Star Trek 3, the sequel that needed a new director since JJ Abrams is busy on a whole different franchise.

What happened to that summer 2014 release date?  After Paul Walker's tragic death last November, production stopped for months while Wan, screenwriter Chris Morgan, and Universal figured out how to complete Fast & Furious 7, eventually enlisting Walker's brothers to help respectfully "retire" his character, Brian O'Conner, without simply killing off the hero of so many Fast adventures.

Based on what we've been hearing from SXSW, the filmmakers did a hell of a job retiring O'Conner and delivering another installment of everybody's favorite franchise that they won't admit is their favorite franchise.

We'll have a chance to see it ourselves soon enough, since Furious 7 is set to open on April 3rd.


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