Lucas Black Returning to Tokyo Drift in 'Fast & Furious 7, 8, and 9'

Tuesday, 17 September 2013 08:03 Written by  Jordan DeSaulnier
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Lucas Black Returning to Tokyo Drift in 'Fast & Furious 7, 8, and 9'

Sean Boswell, the hero of The Fast & the Furious: Tokyo Drift, lives so fast and furious that it's taken the franchise three movies to catch up with him.

But it's finally happened.  Lucas Black is reprising his role as Boswell in next summer's Fast & Furious 7.  Not only that, but he's on board for the long haul, as Black is set to appear in both the eighth and ninth entries in this durable franchise as well.

Black most recently played Pee Wee Reese in Brian Helgeland's 42, and his prior credits include Legion, Jarhead, Friday Night Lights, Cold Mountain, and Get Low.  He's probably best known, though, for his temporary stewardship of the leading man role in the Fast & Furious franchise in 2006.

Back then, it appeared the series was on its last leg, but director Justin Lin and screenwriter Justin Lin rejuvenated the series with that third installment.  Since then, each entry has been more successful than the last.  Lin and Morgan also dedicated themselves to making the chronology and mythology of their street racing series as labyrinthine and convoluted as possible.

Spoilers, ho!  The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift is the third movie, but fits in after Fast & Furious 6 on the timeline.  So Fast & Furious, Fast 5, and Furious 6 are all, in fact, prequels to Tokyo DriftSun Kang's Han was introduced in Tokyo Drift, where he met his untimely end, only to reappear in Fast 5.  This summer's sixth entry concluded with a cliffhanger that brought the series full circle, retconning Han's demise as an act of revenge by Jason Statham as the brother of Furious 6 bad guy Shaw.

So Fast & Furious 7 finds this new Shaw hunting down the members of Dominic Toretto's crew.  And according to Deadline, Black will be getting in on the action in this and at least two subsequent sequels.  It's no surprise that Universal Pictures intends to keep churning out sequels in its most popular franchise, but this is an indication just how far ahead the studio is planning.

Black's Boswell was a rebellious Alabama youngster relocated to Japan for disciplinary reasons, only to discover a preternatural drifting skill.  He'll presumably be returning to American soil, since Fast & Furious 7 takes place in the States.  The setting is said to be principally Los Angeles.

Director James Wan is in production on the seventh installment, which is currently shooting in Atlanta, Georgia.  Morgan returns as screenwriter, while Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Tyrese Gibson, Tony Jaa, and Djimon Hounsou are all on board.  Many other familiar players are probably appeared, but have yet to be confirmed.

Fast & Furious 7 brings Boswell back to theaters on July 11, 2014.

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