'Furious 7' spoiler alert: Let's talk about that ending
Paul Walker in a scene from Furious 7 (Handout)
*WARNING: THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS MAJOR SPOILERS*
Furious 7 is such insane action fun that it just seems greedy to ask for more so soon. But … we want more!
Hundreds of faithful followers hung around after an advance screening earlier this week to watch the final credits roll and see if there would be any cinematic hints for the future of the Furious franchise. Or maybe people just hung around to calm their emotions after the movie's fitting tribute to the late Paul Walker.
At any rate, any glimpses into the future seem to rest with the cast.
Dame Helen Mirren got the ball rolling a few days ago by announcing that she would love to be part of any future Furious films.
At her recent premiere (for the film Woman in Gold) she gave Diesel a shout-out about hiring her, saying, "Vin, get your act together!"
ET reports that Diesel responded on the Hollywood red carpet for Furious 7 with some casting ideas for Mirren, among them, "Matriarch to the Shaw brothers."
Which is so perfect one can only hope it's a done deal.
Luke Evans and Jason Statham, say hello to mommy.
Too late for Luke Evans, you say? That's what we thought too, but not after seeing Furious 7.
Like Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) and Han (Sung Kang), various Fast & Furious characters who have apparently died are later resurrected. The franchise plays with time and setting, permitting such wrinkles; you might be surprised to see
Sean Boswell (Lucas Black) appears in a few scenes in Furious 7 — even though he drove off into the sunset in Tokyo Drift – and he is rumoured to have a bigger role in 8 and 9.
And if you assumed that the evil Owen Shaw was dead at the end of Furious 6, then think again — Furious 7 opens with footage of Mr. Shaw (Luke Evans) in a hospital bed with his special ops killer brother (Jason Statham) vowing revenge.
The closing scene features Statham’s character being incarcerated in some type of super prison, with him cheekily taunting Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson). So, expect to see at least one of the Shaw brothers back in future instalments.
Then there's the presence in Furious 7 of Kurt Russell, who plays Mr. Nobody, the head honcho of a super-secret government agency. Diesel himself already let the cat out of the bag on this character, noting that Russell's role in Furious 7 sets up the next group of movies: Diesel told businessinsider.com, “You know I always think of these films multiple pictures in advance. I think of them as trilogies," said Diesel. "So, Kurt Russell came in for this movie ["Furious 7"], but he was really … we really hired him because of a story that follows this that takes place in New York.” According to the actor, the first six movies can be divided into two trilogies, and Furious 7 marks the start of a new trilogy — with a story roughly mapped out for parts 8 and 9. Diesel told hitfix.com back in 2013, "The direction of 7, 8 and 9 is clear."
So fasten your seatbelts, fans — there's more to come, but it won’t be anytime soon.
In interview with Variety, Michelle Rodriguez said she thinks the group needs to take a break. “I think it's respectable to take a breather.”
It should be noted that Diesel also told Variety that Furious 7, "Will probably win best picture at the Oscars, unless the Oscars don't want to be relevant ever. This will win best picture. There is nothing that will ever come close to the power of this thing."
This is such a crazy idea that something may actually come of it.