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Earlier this week, Fast and Furious 8 jumped from shooting exteriors in Cuba to a locked down set where most of the main actors reunited for photos and a video. Today, we get our first real look at star Dwayne Johnson, who returns to reprise his role as Hobbs. But as you can tell from this post on his personal Instagram, the man looks a lot different. And there is a reason for that. The WWE Superstar turned action icon had this to say about returning for his Agent character.
"When you strip a man of all he has. All that's important to him. You force him to return to his roots...And sometimes that's a very dangerous and twisted place. If I was going to return for another Fast & Furious I wanted to come in and disrupt the franchise in a cool way that got fans fired up and their »
When it comes to curating his social media presence, several key cast members of the "Fast and the Furious" franchise are masters at the art. A serious peer to Vin Diesel and his massive amount of followers is none other than Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson himself who, even with his insanely busy scheduling, still takes time out to offer regular posts for fans.
His posting today for the Memorial Day holiday weekend offers not just a first photo but some new insight into where his character of government bounty hunting agent Luke Hobbs is when we catch up with him in the new film.
We do know his role here will be arguably his biggest in the franchise since his first turn in "Fast Five," and it seems in this Hobbs has fallen on hard times as the villain Cipher (Charlize Theron) basically has everything important to him stripped away. »
- Garth Franklin
Let's just get this out of the way: I, for one, will never tire of Fast and Furious movies. Production has just begun on Fast 8, and I'm already salivating over Instagram shots from Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, newcomer Scott Eastwood, and Ludacris. In the latest batch of videos, Vin Diesel showed off the Cuba set and teased that it's what the Torettos started. Are we sensing an origin story? Check out all the pictures of the cast bonding (there are even a couple with new villain Charlize Theron!), and take a look at the whole cast and all the details we have about Fast 8. »
- Maggie Pehanick
Dwayne Johnson has taken to Facebook this afternoon to debut a first look image of his character Hobbs in Fast & Furious 8; take a look…
See Also: New Fast 8 set video shows the cast’s first day on set together
See Also: First look at Charlize Theron as Cipher in Fast & Furious 8
“When you strip a man of all he has. All that’s important to him. You force him to return to his roots.. and sometimes that’s a very dangerous and twisted place,” states Johnson on his Facebook post. “If I was going to return for another Fast & Furious I wanted to come in and disrupt the franchise in a cool way that got fans fired up and their blood pumping to see a new version of Hobbs and his ‘Daddy’s gotta go to work’ mentality and set the table in a cool way for where the character goes in the future. »
- Gary Collinson
A new “This Week in #F8” video shows the cast of the eighth installment in the Fast & Furious series assembling for their first day on set together. The video is the third behind-the-scenes weekly update to be released on the franchise’s YouTube channel. Watch it below…
Such returning cast members from Furious 7 as Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Nathalie Emmanuel, Jason Statham, Ludacris, Dwayne Johnson and Kurt Russell can be seen in the video, as well as newcomer Scott Eastwood, who will be playing the protégé of Russell’s Mr. Nobody.
Shooting for the movie began in Iceland in March and has since hit such other locations as Cuba and Cleveland.
- Justin Cook
"Fast and Furious 8" has revved its engine.
The upcoming movie from the blockbuster franchise is currently filming in Cuba, and judging by a video from the first day on set, the cast is already having a blast. In the behind-the-scenes video, Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Dwayne Johnson, Tyrese Gibson, and others appear to be filming some sort of conference room scene. Kurt Russell and new cast member Scott Eastwood are also present.
There's no sign of Charlize Theron, but the Oscar-winning actress is playing the main villain in "Fast 8." And this scene looks like a meeting for the good guys to hash out a plan.
F. Gary Gray is directing the latest installment, which takes Dom's crew to New York for the first time. Filming is also taking place in Atlanta, Cleveland, and Iceland, and possibly Russia. "Fast 8" sees the return of previous stars Eva Mendes, Elsa Pataky, and Nathalie Emmanuel. »
- Kelly Woo
When shooting on Fast and Furious 8 started in Cuba last month, the sequel introduced a new tradition called #FastFridays, where the production unveils a weekly behind-the-scenes glimpse from the set. The tradition continues today with the latest sneak peek, taking fans inside the first day of production where the entire cast has assembled. This video offers a glimpse at stars such as Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Kurt Russell, Nathalie Emmanuel, Jason Statham, Ludacris and even our first look at newcomer Scott Eastwood. We also have a new set photo courtesy of Tyrese Gibson's Instagram page.
We still don't know who Scott Eastwood is playing, but since he's seen with Dominic (Vin Diesel) and his crew, it seems that this character could be helping them with their latest mission. The video, which debuted on the Fast & Furious YouTube Channel, doesn't reveal too much. But all of »
Heralding the first day that the Universal tentpole has welcomed all leading members of the Toretto crew back for the one scene, the clip above includes fleeting glimpses of Kurt Russell’s Mr. Nobody, along with Gray himself orchestrating the segment that sees Dom and the gang hatch a plan that is surely tailored around – or in spite of – Charlize Theron’s franchise newcomer, Cipher.
On board to play Fast 8‘s no-nonsense baddie – flanked by Suicide Squad star Scott Eastwood and Kristofer Hivju – the specifics of Cipher and indeed the sequel’s arc in general are being locked away behind-closed-doors; stowed away in a cell not unlike the one that Jason Statham found himself in just as the credits rolled on Furious 7. »
- Michael Briers
“The Fast and the Furious,” the first movie in the famous franchise, will be re-released in a limited number of theaters to celebrate the film’s 15th anniversary. The Rob Cohen-directed film opened on June 22, 2001, and starred franchise favorites Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster and the late Paul Walker. It opened at No. 1 to $40 million in 2001, ultimately grossing $144.5 million at the domestic box office and earning $207.3 million worldwide. See Photo: 'Fast 8': First Look at Charlize Theron's Badass New Character With seven movies so far, the franchise has earned $1.3 billion at the domestic box office and $3.9 billion. »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
It's not always clear when Jennifer Lawrence is telling the truth. In fact, when she appeared on NBC's The Tonight Show Monday, Lawrence recalled once lying to a pool of reporters during her first-ever press junket for the 2008 movie The Burning Plain. At the time, director Guillermo Arriaga and co-star Charlize Theron joined the newbie actress at the event. "Kim Basinger wasn't there. We were doing an international press conference and somebody said, 'Where is Kim Basinger?' I just leaned in the microphone and was like, 'You didn't hear? Kim died.' There was like a beat while it got translated and then it was [mayhem]," she said. "I got ripped off the stage and thrown into media »
Meet the new villain of the Fast & Furious series, as played by Charlize Theron...
Filming continues on Fast & Furious 8, which is shooting in Cuba, New York and Iceland, amongst other places. F Gary Gray is helming this one, off the back of his success with Straight Outta Compton. And the film is due in cinemas in April 2017.
Perhaps the most significant new addition to the cast this time around is Charlize Theron. She’s playing a villain by the name of Cipher in the new movie, and Universal has released an image of her from the new movie. This one, in fact...
If you like movie villains with Metallica T-shirts, then you’re in the right place.
Every year at the Cannes Film Festival, there are films that are universally praised, others that cause a sharp divide, and then those that get a critical torching. And this year, Sean Penn‘s “The Last Face” seemed to be that film. Our critic in the field hated it, and he wasn’t the only one, as […]
- Kevin Jagernauth
The end of the seventh Fast and the Furious film packed an unbelievable emotional punch as the character of Brian was written out. After the tragic and untimely death of Paul Walker fans were uncertain whether the franchise in which he made his name would continue. They didn’t have to wait too long though as the film amassed a mighty box-office, meaning that of course they’d be more. In fact an entire new trilogy was announced and whilst first thoughts were that a new crew would lead the action, that was quickly quashed as Vin Diesel announced his involvement.
- Kat Hughes
The 69th annual Festival du Cannes wraps up this weekend with reprise screenings of competition titles and the closing ceremony tomorrow evening at 7:15 Pm (Cannes time so a handful of hours earlier here in NYC). Sean Penn's The Last Face starring Javier Bardem and Charlize Theron (pictured in all her androgynous chic, left, at the premiere), Asghar Farhadi's The Salesman (which takes its title from an in movie amateur production of Death of a Salesman), and Paul Verhoeven's Elle starring Isabelle Huppert were among the last titles to premiere. Don't expect The Last Face, which was met with hostility to show up in the prizes.
Here are the 21 competition titles loosely grouped by your hosts vague perceptions of how well received they were (you might group them differently as its my policy not to read full reviews from Cannes - which tend to be spoiler filled »
- NATHANIEL R
Charlize Theron and Sean Penn have a problem ... she definitely doesn't like him, and he may feel similarly, but they're promoting a movie they did before the bitter breakup ... so they resorted to a hug. The couple broke up last year, and we're told it was the opposite of friendly. She didn't much care for him ... is the nice way of saying it. There were lots of report the 2 were avoiding each during the debut of their flick, »
- TMZ Staff
The Important News DC Delierium: Harley Quinn is getting a spinoff with more female DC characters. Marvel Madness: Jeff Goldblum and Karl Urban joined Thor: Ragnarok. Michael Keaton is back to being a villain in Spider-Man: Homecoming. X-Citement: Mr. Sinister might be the villain in Wolverine 3. Bond Bonanza: Daniel Craig is reportedly done playing James Bond. First Look: Fast 8 revealed a glimpse of Charlize Theron's new villain role. Remake Report: Jennifer Lawrence might be in the female Ocean's Eleven reboot. Nicholas Winding Refn will redo Witchfinder General. Franchise Fever: Dwayne Johnson is heading up a new Robert Ludlum cinematic universe franchise. Shane Black says...
- Christopher Campbell
Her name is Cipher and she likes Metallica. That's what we now know about Charlize Theron's villainous character in the next Fast & Furious movie, Fast 8, due out on April 14, 2017. Oh, and we now know what she looks like, too. Check it out. Cipher is most likely a code name, hence the name "cipher". And since she doesn't look all Furiousa badass (although there are a bunch of guns right nearby), we tend to think that maybe she's the brains of whatever bad-guy situation our heroes find themselves in this time. Based on clues star Vin Diesel has tossed out so far, we know Fast 8 will take the action to the streets of New York City, as well as more exotic locations like Iceland and Havana, Cuba. The story will pick up where the last left...
- Erik Davis
With shooting currently taking place in Cuba, details of F. Gary Gray’s (Straight Outta Compton) highly anticipated Fast & Furious 8 have started to drop, mainly focusing on the new cast members. Scott Eastwood, son of Clint, will be joining the high octane insanity as protege to Kurt Russell’s government agent, Mr. Nobody, but the addition we’re most excited about is Charlize Theron’s big bad, Cipher. Any more information is thin on the ground, but Universal Pictures have released the first image of Cipher, showing she has a shared love of Metallica and high calibre weaponry. I wouldn’t have thought they could top Jason Statham’s near invincible Deckard Shaw, but Theron could seriously give him a run for his money. While next to nothing is known about the plot of Fast & Furious 8, the fact that each instalment has gone from strength to strength over the last »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
Breaking up is never easy, and it's even trickier when you have to work with an ex after you've split. Imagine being an actor, though, and instead of just having to see your former flame on a regular basis, you have to pretend to still be in love with them on camera! Charlize Theron is luckier than a lot of stars in that respect. She worked with her ex Sean Penn on The Last Face, but in their case, he was working behind the camera directing. Filming is over now, but Charlize and Sean's obligations to the film aren't. They're currently promoting The Last Face at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. Initially, it seemed the former couple made every attempt to have as many other people as a buffer »
After a frosty encounter earlier in the day, exes Charlize Theron and Sean Penn were spotted in a friendly embrace Friday while at the Cannes Film Festival premiere of their upcoming film The Last Face. The former couple were snapped giving each other a kiss on the cheek after walking the red carpet. There, Theron was also seen posing alongside Penn's son, Hopper Jack, 22. As the entire cast lined up for a photo, Theron casually locked arms with Hopper. The actress stunned in a tuxedo ensemble with a white shirt underneath featuring a plunging neckline. She kept her hair slicked »
- Jodi Guglielmi, @JodiGug3
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