The Fast and Furious Cast: Where Are They Now?
The Fast and Furious Cast: Where Are They Now?
If there’s one question on The Fast and Furious film fanatics’ minds, it’s where are the stars now? Released as the new millennium was getting under full swing (feel old yet?) in 2001, the first film was a huge success, grossing a whopping $207 million compared to its $38 million budget. Over the past two decades, the franchise has been churning out sequel after sequel. In fact, the 10th film is on its way in 2023.
Many of us fell in love with some of the characters like Dominic Toretto (played by Vin Diesel) and Brian O’Connor (Paul Walker). With that in mind, you’re surely wondering what the stars are up to now and whether their lives have changed somewhat since the first film. Here are what the cast are up to these days.
Vin Diesel (Dominic Toretto)
Before joining the Fast and Furious extravaganza, Vin Diesel had famously appeared in an array of blockbuster films, including Boiler Room, Pitch Black, and Steven Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan. The actor even lent his voice to The Iron Giant. What we can say for certain is that once joining Fast, his career changed overnight. In 2022, Diesel is a huge Hollywood star and producer. He has nurtured the series over the last 21 years, with many fans agreeing it’s Diesel who is at the forefront of the franchise.
What’s more, Diesel began the xXx franchise in 2002, before turning into Riddick in 2004’s The Chronicles of Riddick and 2013’s Riddick. In recent years, Diesel has been involved in the MCU madness, lending his voice to the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise playing Groot. This Christmas, we can expect to see him play a role in Avatar 2 before returning for the 10th Fast and Furious film in 2023.
Paul Walker (Brian O’Connor)
For Fast and Furious fans, the tragedy of Paul Walker will always be etched in our minds. While we all miss him dearly and know the series is not quite the same without his presence. One notable scene we think of is Walker in Fast Five heading to a casino in Monaco to play roulette. You can follow in O’Connor’s shoes and play iPhone roulette games yourself. Walker’s legacy certainly remains. We don’t just mean on the series but on the cinema world as a whole. Before joining the first film as Brian O’Connor, Walker already had an impressive career.
In fact, Walker has appeared in a wide selection of films. These include She’s All That, The Skulls, and Pleasantville. Walker was also part of Disney family favorite Eight Below. Sadly, Walker was involved in a car accident and died on November 30, 2013, at the age of 40.
Michelle Rodriguez (Letty Ortiz)
We feel for Letty. She’s definitely been through the motions in The Fast and Furious. Not only has Letty been lied to, shot at, and chased, she got amnesia to top it all off. After her brilliant debut in the 2000 film Girlfight, Rodriguez has appeared in many other films like Resident Evil, Avatar, and The Assignment. It’s not just action and thriller movies she’s lent her talents to either. Rodriguez has even had a part in Smurfs: The Lost Village.
Aside from her iconic role in The Fast and Furious, we can expect to see a lot more of Rodriguez in the coming years. In fact, she’s set to be in the new big-screen adaptation of Dungeons & Dragons which will see her star alongside Hugh Grant, Sophia Lillis, and Chris Pine. The film is set for release in 2023 and we can’t wait!
Jordana Brewster (Mia Toretto)
Similar to Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster is another long-serving member of The Fast and Furious films. Brewster returned to the franchise in the 2009 blockbuster and has featured in all the movies since, including the upcoming final two-parter.
Along with Paul Walker, Brewster helped in forming the other big love story at its heart. After her movie screen debut in 1998’s The Faculty, Brewster went on to star in Home Sweet Hell, Annapolis, and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning. She’s also been a common fixture on our TV screens too, most notably in Dallas, American Crime Story, and all 3 seasons of Lethal Weapon alongside Chase Crawford and Damon Wayans.
Rick Yune (Johnny Tran)
Rick Yune is known for playing Johnny Tran in The Fast and Furious, a Vietnamese gang leader. In fact, Yune was the first huge rival for Dom to have to overcome before many others would land on his doorstep over the next 20 years. Making his breakthrough in 1999 with his role in Snow Falling on Cedars alongside James Cromwell and Ethan Hawke, his part in The Fast and Furious franchise has helped him land many iconic roles over the years.
Yune is perhaps best known for starring in blockbusters like Die Another Day and Prison Break. In recent years, the actor has been seen in Jiu-Jitsu with Nicolas Cage and Alita: Battle Angel.
Matt Schulze (Vine)
Matt Schulze played Vince in the first Fast and Furious film. Before getting fast and furious at various points of the franchise, Schulze was part of the original Blade series! 1998 was Schulze’s first film where he appeared in Stephen Norrington’s Crease.
While Schulze has only been in one of The Fast and Furious blockbusters, that’s not to say he hasn’t graced the big screen ever since. He’s gone on to play all kinds of roles in films like Out of Reach, Torque, Mr. Brooks, and Extract. Schulze has even played a part and directed the film The Acquirer. As well as the big screen, Schulze has been on the TV circuit too. He’s been in small roles on the likes of CSI: Miami, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and Weeds.
Millions upon millions of us all over the planet love indulging in all things Fast and Furious. If you’ve watched the films over and over again, you may often wonder where the stars are now. Many of the stars from the first film have gone on to secure successful roles in blockbuster titles.