Vin Diesel and the 'Fast/Furious' family (minus Dwayne Johnson) gave CinemaCon 2017 attendees a treat: They screened the entire 'The Fate of the Furious' movie at the end of Universal's presentation. Here are eight things we can tell you right now.
Surprises at March's CinemaCon 2017 included an unannounced showing of The Fate of the Furious. Most of the principal cast assembled on-stage to introduce the movie. Read on for a no-spoilers look at what we learned.
Dwayne Johnson was noticeably absent from the presentation
Unfortunately, it seems like the on-set beef between Dwayne Johnson and Vin Diesel will affect the press tour for the movie, because Johnson, who was everywhere at CinemaCon 2017, did not attend Universal's presentation.
OK, we seriously cannot stop thinking about Jason Statham
Aside from his banter with Johnson, Statham's classic parkour-meets-fisticuffs arsenal of bad-assery makes him as essential to the franchise as any of his co-stars. Most impressive is the fact that, for a bulk of the third act, he fights his way through scenes with one arm carrying precious cargo. And that's just one tease about his character's arc.
Like Charlize Theron's hairstyle, the plot has twists
Wrapped around a standard '80s-era Cold War thriller is an ultimatum handed to Dominic Torero that makes him embrace his former bad-guy side. If you scroll through the cast list, you can get an idea of what's coming. There are more than a few unexpected diversions and, as the title implies, fateful decisions made throughout the movie.
Not only does Nathalie Emmanuel return as computer whiz Ramsey, but her "Game of Thrones" co-star Kristofer Hivju also joins the cast as Cipher's enforcer, Rhodes. And just like on the show, the two characters haven't met yet. (We're stepping around a spoiler here.)