Fast X continues to honor the legacy of late actor Paul Walker as the upcoming film will feature a cameo from his daughter.
Meadow Walker Thornton-Allan, who was an infant when Walker first played Brian O’Conner in 2001’s Fast and Furious, confirmed her Fast X appearance in an Instagram post. The behind-the-scenes photo showed Thornton-Allan looking back in a plane, with her caption revealing how much it means to her to feature in the film. “The first Fast was released when I was one year old!” she said. “I grew up on set watching my father, Vin, Jordana, Michelle, Chris and more on the monitors. Thanks to my dad, I was born into the Fast family. I can’t believe now I get to be up there too. With those who have been around to see me grow up.” She added, “I am so blessed to be able to honor my father’s legacy and share this with him forever.”
Paul Walker’s Fast & Furious Legacy
The inclusion of Thornton-Allan in Fast X is another ode to Walker, who died in a 2013 car crash after leaving a charity event. Walker’s death took place during the filming of Furious 7, with his brothers, Cody and Caleb, becoming body doubles for their late brother and finishing the rest of his scenes. Fast X will mark Thornton-Allan’s Hollywood debut, with the 24-year-old thanking director Louis Leterrier for his “kindness, patience and support,” throughout the process. “It feels like you’ve been part of the family since we started, I’m happy it’s just the beginning,” she said.
Walker’s O’Conner, a former LAPD police officer turned criminal and street racer, was a prominent fixture alongside Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto in the Fast & Furious series, appearing in every franchise film up to his death except Tokyo Drift. Diesel has claimed Walker could make an appearance during Fast & Furious 11 as a way of saying a proper goodbye to the late star’s character. Though Walker died during the making of Furious 7, his character remains alive in the film series’ canon, as confirmed in 2021’s F9. Walker received a posthumous star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his work.
The Story of Fast X
Fast X sees Dom and his loved ones face a new challenge as they face a vengeful villain in Jason Momoa’s Dante Reyes, the son of slain Brazilian drug kingpin Hernan Reyes. Dante seeks retribution after Dom and Brian killed Hernan during Fast Five, teaming up with noted cybercriminal Cipher (Charlize Theron) to terrorize Dom’s family and friends/allies, with Dom’s son, Brian Marcos (Leo Abelo Perry), being his main target. Fast X will return to its roots with the traditional quarter-mile drag race, made famous during the film series’ early installments, though it will also include the Fast & Furious franchise’s first vertical race. Leterrier took over from long-time series helmer Justin Lin during the early stages of Fast X production and will also direct Fast & Furious 11.
Marking the first of a two-part finale for the Fast & Furious series, Fast X features other franchise staples such as Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Sung Kang, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges and Nathalie Emmanuel. John Cena will reprise his role as Dom’s brother Jakob from F9 while Helen Mirren and Grammy-winning rapper, Belcalis “Cardi B” Cephus also appear. Like most previous entries, Fast X is rated PG-13 for its violent sequences and suggestive material.
Fast X premieres in theaters on May 19.
Source: Instagram, via Variety
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