If you’ve ever wanted to see a remake of The Polar Express starring Vin Diesel as one of the creepy, dead-eyed cartoon people, here’s the next best thing. The video game Fast and Furious Crossroads gives us a weirdly off-putting digital Diesel reprising his role as Dom Toretto. The game will allow players to race around and perform missions, and will also allow the lifeless computer recreation of Diesel to haunt your dreams. Watch the Fast and Furious Crossroads trailer below.
There’s a new Fast and Furious video game coming down the road. Fast and Furious Crossroads is headed to PC, PS4, and Xbox One, and will feature “an authentic storyline, and packed with heroes, gadgets, cars and non-stop cinematic-style action, Fast & Furious Crossroads will deliver pulse-pounding gameplay both in single player story mode and a soon-to-be-revealed multiplayer mode.”
The story mode brings back film actors/characters Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez and Tyrese Gibson reprising their roles as Dom, Letty, and Roman, respectively. Sonequa Martin-Green STAR TREK: Discovery, The Walking Dead and Asia Kate Dillon BILLIONS, John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum are also part of the cast.
Players “will travel from the streets of exotic locales to the murky world of international espionage, pulling off high-speed heists and stunts as they battle to take down a new threat.”
“ Fast & Furious remains one of the most beloved franchises of all time and continues to innovate in extraordinary ways,” said Jim Molinets, SVP of Production, Universal Games and Digital Platforms. “ Fast & Furious Crossroads is an authentic experience that stays true to the series by amplifying the signature elements that fans love – a star-studded cast, high-stakes story, over-the-top action, deep family ties and, of course, fast cars.”
“As huge fans of the franchise, it’s an honor to be able to expand the Fast & Furious franchise into the world of video games with a brand new story, the introduction of a new crew with ties to beloved characters, and iconic and stunning set pieces,” added Andy Tudor, Chief Creative Officer, Slightly Mad Studios. “With Easter eggs throughout for fans and an intense multiplayer experience, Fast & Furious Crossroads is a thrilling collision course that puts players behind the wheel.”
Will Fast fans be drawn to this? I really don’t know. Perhaps the thrill of seeing cartoon demon Vin Diesel will be too good to pass up. Fast and Furious will launch in May 2020, which is also when the next Fast and Furious movie hits theaters.
Fast & Furious 9, otherwise known as F9 in most Nos circles, has been delayed almost an entire year. So what are all of us Fast and Furious fans supposed to do in the meantime? Rewatching the entire franchise in an afternoon is certainly a viable option in this time of social distancing and self-isolation. We also have Bloodshot new to Digital premium rental. We also have a new video message from Fast and Furious star Vin Diesel and his son, who claim that the problems facing the world at this current time aren't just hurting us, their actually helping us. You can hear them out in the Instagram post below.
Vin Diesel and his son, who just got finished with Mandarin classes, hope to inspire and lift anyone who is currently depressed over this entire situation. Many celebrates have been jumping on the PSA bandwagon, as they are locked in their homes like the rest of us. Though some have complained that these A-List stars have it way better than most people, with their hot tubs, private tennis courts and luxurious swimming pools, while many are isolated in a drab one bedroom apartment unable to afford a can of corn or a Netflix subscription.
Vin Diesel means well in his message, but it will surely be taken many different ways. And that's okay, a lot of people are just angry right now that their entire way of life has been upended for the foreseeable future.
As for Fast and Furious 9, the movie was originally going to open worldwide here in a couple of weeks. Universal made an early decision to delay the F9 release date by almost exactly one year, with the action thriller now set to open April 2, 2021 if all goes well. Vin Diesel most recently starred in the Valiant Comic Book adaptation Bloodshot. It had the unfortunate luck to open in theaters just as all major chains shut everything down across the States. Because of this, Bloodshot was released to Premium Rental on Digital for purchase this past week. And it has been beating the early digital release for Birds of Prey, though that DC Comics adaptation had a longer stay in theaters.
Along with the video of his son, Vin Diesel has also shared a video of his 'little angel Pauline', who can be singing 'He's Got the Whole World in his Hands.' Which is part of director and actor Tyler Perry's #HesGotTheWholeWorldChallenge, whom Vin Diesel refers to as Uncle Tyler, though as far as I can see, the two have yet to collaborate on a movie. Maybe Madea can show up in Fast and Furious 10?
Vin Diesel currently has a lot of down time on his hands. So perhaps we'll see some more inspiring videos in the days to come. The action icon was supposed to set off on a F9 promotional tour, but that is being postponed until next year. It has been confirmed that Fast and Furious 10 is happening, and will bring this chapter of the saga to a close. It has also been confirmed that Hobbs and Shaw 2 is happening with The Rock. So the franchise will live on no matter what.
Although “The L Word: Generation Q” may have tried desperately to speak to a “new generation” of queer women and non-binary folks, fresher creative voices quickly rose to the top in its place. Though people still watched. Showtime’s “Work in Progress” was the best queer comedy of the year, Netflix’s “Feel Good” was an unexpected delight, and “Vida” is returning just in time for queer audiences to catch up on the best show about queer women of color on TV. Yet another contender released a promising first trailer today: “Betty” is a stylish and youthful portrait of Brooklyn teen skaters that already appears extremely queer.
The six-part half-hour arrives on HBO from filmmaker Crystal Moselle, who quickly made waves in 2015 with her her riveting documentary hybrid “The Wolfpack.” “Betty” is adapted from her second feature, the similarly hybridized “Skate Kitchen,” which followed a group of teenage girl skaters in New York City. The film premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival to positive reviews and was released by Magnolia Pictures that year.
In his B+ review of “Skate Kitchen” out of Sundance, IndieWire’s Eric Kohn wrote: “The streetwise alternative to ‘Girls,’ the movie weaves together such a complete vision of its subjects that the rest of the world barely exists. Of course, there's a long-standing precedent to capturing this subculture — ‘Kids’ did it, with more adventurous storytelling twists, more than 20 years ago — but Moselle's subjects hold their own with the surprising ability to clarify their emotions through the cathartic process of hanging out.”
“Betty” features many of the film’s original stars, most of whom had not acted before, including Kabrina Adams, Dede Lovelace, Nina Moran, Rachelle Vinberg, and Ajani Russell. All accomplished skaters in their own right, the first trailer shows the charismatic crew navigating various crushes and friendship trials with compelling panache and humor.
“Betty” is directed, co-written, and executive produced by Moselle. Lesley Arfin and Patricia Breen are also co-writers. Arfin, who also EPs, is a comedy writer best known for co-creating the Netflix series “Love” with Judd Apatow and Paul Rust.
HBO will release “Betty” beginning May 1 at 11 pm ET. Check out the exciting first trailer below: