The latest installment in the popular "Fast and Furious" franchise is almost here. "Fast X" is set to hit theaters on May 19th and promises to bring a brand-new level of excitement to the beloved franchise. The film's director, Louis Leterrier, is eager to share what he has in store for fans of the series.
A Star-Studded Cast
The cast of "Fast X" is a who's who of Hollywood stars, including returning favorites and a few fresh faces. Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, Nathalie Emmanuel, Jordana Brewster, Sung Kang, Jason Statham, John Cena, and Scott Eastwood are just a few of the familiar names in the cast.
Newcomers to the franchise include Brie Larson, Alan Richtson, Daniela Melchior, and the legendary Rita Moreno, who plays Dominic and Mia's mother. When asked about working with such a large and talented cast, Leterrier expressed his awe. "Daunting is the word that comes to mind.
When you've spent 22 years watching these actors on a giant screen, and then you get a phone call in the middle of the night telling you it's your turn to direct, it's a bit overwhelming. But, quickly you realize that they are amazing professionals who have the best outcome for the movie at heart.
Nothing is ego-driven."
Bringing It Back to Earth
One of the biggest challenges for Leterrier was creating a film that would stand out in a franchise that has already gone to great lengths to thrill audiences. "I want to make it my own.
I don't use CG as a basis, I use CG to enhance reality," he said. "So, I sort of brought it back to Earth." This approach required a great deal of trust from the actors, who were asked to perform many of their own stunts.
"There is no hiding behind the CG," Leterrier explains. "You have to show up, do the stunts, be behind the wheel of the car, and ride the same motorcycle, helmet or no helmet."