Vin Diesel wasn't supposed to be in Fast and Furious

The Fate of the Furious producer Neil H. Moritz just revealed that Vin Diesel wasn't the original choice to play the role of Dominic Toretto in The Fast and the Furious films! The studio said, 'If you can get Timothy Olyphant to play that role we will greenlight the movie...

While the cynical sorts might suggest that the untimely death of Paul Walker through filming of Fast and Furious 7 gave the series a sympathetic second-look from audiences. The two of them liked the idea. But it turns out, the latter nearly missed out on the career-making role of Dominic Toretto as studio Universal initially wanted Justified's Timothy Olyphant to play the protagonist instead. "He's a great actor". And I think that there is, and you'll see that when you watch this movie.

Moritz went on to detail how he had met Diesel about the part and the great thing about him was that despite not being a bonafide star yet, "he always believed he was" one. "Lucky for both of us that happened".

Eight movies into the "Fast and Furious" series, one would expect the gripping concept of speeding cars that defy the laws of physics would begin to start losing steam.

He reprises the role in the eighth film in the franchise, The Fate of the Furious.

"The Fate of the Furious", also known "Fast 8", took in an estimated 55 million yuan (US$7.99 million) in China, breaking the all-time record for a midnight screening in China held by its previous installment "Furious 7" which was 50.94 million yuan (US$8.2 million) two years ago.

The first movie under the Fast and Furious name was released in 2001 and was able to instantly form a fan base, largely constituting of automobile enthusiasts.

  • Salvatore Jensen