We still don't know what The Fast and the Furious 6 will actually be titled, but with Fast Six set to be among the movies advertised during this Sunday's Super Bowl XLVII, we'll find out in a few days.
Fast Five, the ultra-rare fifth franchise entry to become the most successful in the whole series, saw Dom and Brian assembling a crack team of characters from previous movies to pull of a mega-heist in Rio de Janeiro, all while being doggedly pursued by Dwayne Johnson as lawman Luke Hobbs. While we already knew that Fast Six would take the action to Europe like so many sequels before it, we now know that it will also borrow another reliable play from the sequel playbook: Hobbs will team up with our heroes to combat an even more dangerous and effective crew of drivers.
Luke Evans plays the heavy, and after a Fast Five post-credits tease revealed that her character was not so dead as Fast & Furious made her seem, Michelle Rodriguez's Letty is apparently acting as his right-hand lady. That's going to be rough for Dom, who had a hard enough time with her murder.
Here's the synopsis:
Since Dom (Diesel) and Brian’s (Walker) Rio heist toppled a kingpin’s empire and left their crew with $100 million, our heroes have scattered across the globe. But their inability to return home and living forever on the lam have left their lives incomplete.
Meanwhile, Hobbs (Johnson) has been tracking an organization of lethally skilled mercenary drivers across 12 countries, whose mastermind (Evans) is aided by a ruthless second-in-command revealed to be the love Dom thought was dead, Letty (Rodriguez). The only way to stop the criminal outfit is to outmatch them at street level, so Hobbs asks Dom to assemble his elite team in London. Payment? Full pardons for all of them so they can return home and make their families whole again.
Justin Lin, who has directed each entry since The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift and effectively revitalized the franchise more than once, returns as director, working once again with screenwriter Chris Morgan. Morgan, also kicking around the series since Tokyo Drift, also contributed to this year's 47 Ronin and is the architect of Universal's The Legend of Conan, an Arnold Schwarzenegger sequel tentatively planned for summer 2014.
In addition to Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, and Michelle Rodriguez, this sequel also sees Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Sung Kang, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, Elsa Pataky, and Gal Gadot all returning to their familiar Fast characters.
Chief amongst the newcomers this time are certified ass-kickers Gina Carano and Joe Taslim, who action aficionados will recognize from Haywire and The Raid: Redemption respectively.
Fast Six or whatever it's called is set for May 24th, so expect the Super Bowl to open the floodgates on several months of intense promotion.