His 10th installment in the Fast and Furious franchise, his Fast X returns to its roots and is set in the same Los Angeles neighborhood where it all began many years ago. But locals are disgruntled, threatening to protest the film once it begins filming.Fast and Furious has seen nine of his films between 2001 and 2021, and they’ve been on a roll at the box office. Earnings surpassed his $6.6 billion.
His first film in the franchise, The Fast and the Furious, was filmed in Los Angeles’ historic Angelino His Heights neighborhood. The success of the film turned the place into a street racer’s paradise, much to the chagrin of the locals. Over the years, several local residents have reportedly complained to authorities about the threat of illegal racing in the area.
According to some reports, 178 of his people have lost their lives in illegal street racing in LA in the last 20 years. Fast X is ready to get back in the spot. According to a shooting announcement reported by several news sites, the film will begin filming on Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. outside the home of Vin Diesel’s character Dominic Toretto.
But the news that the movie franchise would return to its place wasn’t taken very kindly. An email obtained by Variety from a resident to Los Angeles City Council reads, “If this film shoot is allowed to go forward in Angelino Heights, or any part of it from F10 Productions (Universal) … we will stage a huge protest and will invite many reporters and news cameras to film us protesting this film shoot all day and night.”
The statement adds that the protest will be in honour of the people who have lost their lives due to street racers. “We will hold this protest to honor the 178 people who have been killed by street racers in Los Angeles, and to shame Universal for their callous disregard for this deadly epidemic of street racing their films started and continue to promote,” the e-mail further reads.
The report stated that Universal, the studio backing the film, did not respond to requests for comments, neither did LA City Councilman Gil Cedillo, who represents the area. Fast X features a heavyweight star cast, which includes Vin Diesel, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, John Cena, Jordana Brewster, Nathalie Emmanuel, Sung Kang, Scott Eastwood, Michael Rooker, Helen Mirren, Charlize Theron, Cardi B, Jason Momoa, Daniela Melchior, Brie Larson, Alan Ritchson, and Rita Moreno. The film is scheduled to be released on May 19, 2023.