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Hollywood ‘Fast & Furious’ Cast Then & Now: Photos Of Vin Diesel & More After 20 Years Of Movies
‘Fast & Furious’ Cast Then & Now: Vin Diesel
It’s about the family. ‘The Fast & The Furious’ changed the game when it was released on June 22, 2001. The movie became a massive blockbuster and spawned one of the most successful movie franchises of all time. After 9 movies, the ‘Fast’ franchise has earned over $6 billion at the box office. ‘Fx’ is sure to add to that number, with the
newly released trailer hinting that the final films will be filled with action, suspense, and of course, heart.
The first movie starred the core cast of Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Jordana Brewster, and Michelle Rodriguez. Over the years, more ‘Fast’ family members have joined the crew, with Brie Larson, Jason Momoa, and Rita Moreno all joining the cast for the last two films.
But it was Vin who became a household name when the first movie came out. He leads the ‘Fast’ franchise as the one and only Dom Toretto, but that’s not all he’s been up to. Vin has also starred in the ‘XXX’ and ‘The Chronicles of Riddick’ film franchises. He notably voices the character of Groot in the MCU. In addition to two more ‘Fast & Furious’ movies, Vin was rumored to be in the latest
‘Avatar’ sequels, but that didn’t come to pass.
Now, let’s meet the rest of the family.
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Paul Walker was best known for playing Brian O’Connor in the ‘Fast’ franchise. He kicked off the franchise with Vin Diesel in ‘The Fast and the Furious.’ He appeared in 6 ‘Fast’ films, with his last being ‘Furious 7.’ Paul was tragically killed in a car accident in November 2013. He was just 43 years old. At the time, he had not finished filming ‘Furious 7.’ His brothers filled in for him in the scenes that were left to shoot. His character, however, has not been killed in the franchise, and has been called back off-screen many times since his passing. His movie family has also been there for his actual family, with Vin Diesel walking Paul’s daughter down the aisle when she got married.
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Jordana Brewster Then & Now
Jordana Brewster began playing Mia Toretto in 2001’s ‘The Fast & The Furious.’ After a nearly 10-year break, Jordana returned as Mia in 2009’s ‘Fast & Furious.’ She has appeared in 7 ‘Fast’ films. In addition to playing Mia, Jordana starred in the ‘Dallas’ and ‘Lethal Weapon’ TV reboots. She also played Denise Brown in ‘The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.’ Jordana married Andrew Form in 2007. They have two kids. She filed for divorce in 2020.
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Michelle Rodriguez Then & Now
Michelle Rodriguez began playing Letty Ortiz in 2001 with the first ‘Fast & Furious’ movie. She will reprise the role in ‘F9.’ Aside from the ‘Fast’ films, Michelle’s other notable roles include ‘Blue Crush,’ ‘Widows,’ and ‘Machete Kills.’ She is set to star in the upcoming ‘Dungeons and Dragons’ film adaptation with Chris Pratt and Regé-Jean Page. The trailer looks epic!
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Ludacris Then & Now
Ludacris started playing Tej Parker in ‘2 Fast 2 Furious.’ He has appeared in 5 ‘Fast’ films since, including ‘F9.’ He’s also starred in ‘No Strings Attached,’ ‘New Year’s Eve,’ and more. Ludacris began hosting the ‘Fear Factor’ revival in 2017. In addition to acting, Ludacris has released several albums and songs since his first ‘Fast’ movie. Ludacris is married to Eudoxie Mbouguiengue. They are expecting their second child together.
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Tyrese Gibson began playing Roman Pearce in ‘2 Fast 2 Furious.’ He returned for ‘Fast Five’ and has appeared in every ‘Fast’ film since. He, along with Vin Disel, have been at odds with former cast memeber The Rock in a feud that has ultimately left Dwayne Johnson out of the franchise.
Tyrese also played Sergeant Robert Epps in the ‘Transformers’ film series. His other films include ‘Black and Blue,’ ‘The Christmas Chronicles 2,’ and the upcoming ‘Morbius.’ He recently appeared as Robopine on ‘The Masked Singer.’
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Sung Kang Then & Now
Sung Kang portrays Han Lue in the ‘Fast’ franchise. He made his first appearance as the character in ‘Better Luck Tomorrow.’ His first ‘Fast’ film was ‘The Fast & the Furious: Tokyo Drift.’ He has since starred in several ‘Fast’ movies. After it appeared his character had died in ‘Fast Six’,fans were surprised to see Han in ‘F9.’ But his return helped launch the franchise for it’s final ride.
In addition to the ‘Fast’ movies, Sung notably played John Mak on ‘Power.’
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Dwayne Johnson Then & Now
Dwayne Johnson began playing Luke Hobbs in ‘Fast Five.’ After 4 ‘Fast’ films, Dwayne got his own spinoff with Jason Statham. Their spinoff movie ‘Hobbs & Shaw’ was released in 2019. Dwayne is one of Hollywood’s most successful movie stars. He has starred in the ‘Jumanji’ remakes, created and produced the series ‘Young Rock,’ hosted ‘Titan Games,’ and has been other blockbuster films including ‘Jungle Cruise,’ ‘Black Adam,’ and ‘Red Notice.’ He has made it clear he
to the Fast franchise after a falling out with Vin Diesel.
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Elsa Pataky Then & Now
Elsa Pataky began playing Elena Neves in ‘Fast Five.’ She made 4 appearances in the ‘Fast’ franchise. Her character was SPOILER ALERT killed off in ‘The Fate of the Furious.’ She went on to appear alongside her husband Chris Hemsworth in the 2018 movie ’12 Strong.’ The couple resides in Australia. They have 3 kids.
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Gal Gadot Then & Now
Gal Gadot played Gisele Yashar starting in ‘Fast & Furious.’ She returned for ‘Fast Five’ and ‘Fast & Furious 6.’ Her character was SPOILER ALERT killed off in the sixth ‘Fast’ film. Since then, Gal has starred as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman in two standalone films and other DCEU movies. Her next films are ‘Red Notice’ and ‘Death on the Nile.’ She is currently expecting her third child with her husband.
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Eva Mendes Then & Now
Eva Mendes played Monica Fuentes in ‘2 Fast 2 Furious’ and ‘Fast Five.’ She went on to star in movies like ‘Girl in Progress’ and ‘The Place Beyond the Pines.’ She met Ryan Gosling on the set of ‘The Place Beyond the Pines.’ They began dating in 2011 and now have two daughters together. Her last role was in the 2014 film ‘Lost River.’ She has since stopped acting to focus on her family and other endeavors.
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Lucas Black Then & Now
Lucas Black starred as Sean Boswell in the third ‘Fast’ film ‘The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift.’ He also made a cameo appearance in ‘Furious 7.’ From 2014 to 2019, Lucas starred on ‘NCIS: New Orleans.’ The actor is set to return as Sean in ‘F9.’
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Matt Schulze Then & Now
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