Staying true to his promise, Fast & Furious superstar Vin Diesel celebrated #TorettoTuesday yesterday by posting what we assume is a new shot of him in character for James Wan’s highly-anticipated Fast & Furious 7.
Unlike previous posts, this one – shared on Vin Diesel’s Facebook page – didn’t have an accompanying message. In earlier postings, Diesel paid tribute to his fallen brother, Paul Walker, and teased fans with the promise of a trailer that (we hope) will be dropping very soon.
Don’t forget this heartbreakingly somber shot:
And yet, this new photo at the top of the story almost says more about the car than it does about the man who will drive it. Isn’t that appropriate? Over the course of six feature films so far, the cars that drive fast and furiously are a huge part of what sells tickets to gear heads. In fact, one could argue that before fans started buying into the soap opera machinations of the plots – probably right around Fast Five -- it was the automobile culture that helped drive fans into the theaters for each new Fast & Furious movie.
That’s not the case any more. By now, fans are invested in the storylines of Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel), his partner Brian (Paul Walker), and their "family" of pedal-smashing criminals who next will be on a mission of vengeance when Fast & Furious 7 opens in theaters next year.
Of course, for most, it will be an opportunity to say one last goodbye to the late Paul Walker. But as Diesel reminds us in this photo, shared courtesy of #TorettoTuesday, the franchise has always been – and always will be – about the cars as much as it is about the people. Truthfully, I don’t think we’d have it any other way.