The Fast & The Furious franchise has been Universal Studios’ biggest franchise yet and has been entertaining us since the first one came out. The reasons are pretty simple to understand- fast cars, great stunts and one of the most memorable characters ever to be introduced in a film, Dominic Toretto.
Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) has been a part of the Fast and Furious series ever since its conceptualization and has helped make it one of the most profitable projects Hollywood has taken up. But now, it seems that the creators are moving their focus from old, bankable characters to introducing fresh faces to replace the lead. And it seems the long-time fans are just not ready to let go off their love and respect for Dom.
Here’s us telling you why Fast & Furious franchise Without Dominic Toretto is just like Thai food without spices- just can’t happen!
Fast & Furious Without Dominic Toretto: The Loyal Fanbase
Pardon our cynicism but Hollywood nowadays seems to make films with just one motive, the moolah. The producers are willing to go to any lengths to make their pockets go “chi-ching”. It is quite evident from the fact that all their recent big productions are either sequels or reboots of old-time classics. Nice looking, young actors are being hired to replace old-timers. But where the creators miss out is the brand loyalty of the audience. There’s a good reason why film franchises work in Hollywood.
Fans have a certain emotion attached to the film and can relate to a certain character.
Vin Diesel aka Dominic Toretto, in this case, is a tough guy who has principles, morals and is loyal towards his family, friends, and peers. Fans relate to these qualities and can see themselves in him. Doesn’t matter if you introduce a new character with similar or better qualities, the transaction has already taken place with a no-return-policy. Once a viewer has connected with someone on screen, the shift to another is very rear, hence the audience would find it tough to replace Vin Diesel even if it seems easy for the producers. So we believe the audience might not accept Fast & Furious franchise Without Diesel in the first place.
Fast & Furious Without Dominic Toretto: Never Really Worked
Our old friend, Dominic Toretto has always worked as a pinch of oregano over the slice of your favourite pizza, brings in the flavour even with the briefest of presence. If we take things into perspective, let’s look at the latest installment in the series, Hobbs & Shaw. It has everything the franchise is known for, stunts, cars and two great lead actors. Still, the film turns out to be the least successful film of the series. Let us refresh your memory and tell you the fate of another similar film. Likewise, it had all but Vin Diesel, 2 Fast 2 Furious.
While films of the franchise had earned more than four times its budget, the latter was only able to earn enough to be called as a “hit”. Additionally, both 2 Fast 2 Furious and Hobbs & Shaw had much fewer ratings than its peers. You can’t blame the fans. The kind of tough, righteous persona Dominic Toretto carries makes him real and accessible. So fans just cannot imagine Fast & Furious Without Dominic Toretto.
Fast & Furious Without Dominic Toretto: Nothing Else Matters
There’s another reason why we can’t see Fast & Furious Without Dominic Toretto. Actually Vin Diesel is the reason why we can’t see Fast & Furious Without Dominic Toretto! In fact, he and Brian were the two pillars keeping this tower upright. To be honest we kinda lost faith in the franchise once O’Conner decided to retire after the events of Furious 7.
Really Dominic Toretto shouldn’t have left the beach without Brian. Anyways, all that little dash of hope that is left for us in the series is in Dom. After all, he’s the one who has co-ordinated those edge-of-the-seat heists and made us root for him. There would nothing be left for us to so far to look forward in the next films if they decide to bid our beloved Mr. Toretto farewell. Who is left to look up to then, Deckard Shaw? No thank you!
Fast & Furious Without Dominic Toretto: Age Is Just A Number
So we know that Dom’s age has never been a subject of discussion in the series. But if we do simple math by considering the age of the actor playing the role at par with the character, Dominic Toretto was 34 when he first introduced himself to us. And by his last appearance in Fate Of The Furious, with the same mathematics (and logic) Dominic Toretto was 50. Tej Parker was 40. Hobbs was 45. Roman Pearce was 42. And Letty was 39.
The guy had the charisma to hold a strong screen presence alongside characters almost a decade younger than him. Can there be a bigger testament to a character’s longevity? So if the creators are thinking of introducing fresh faces in the series as leads, it is quite clear that for Vin Diesel, age is just a number. But if we talking numbers, well you can look at the tickets sold at the box office in his name.
Fast & Furious Without Dominic Toretto: Racing Ahead
It seems the producers have learned the hard way that there can’t be Fast & Furious Without Dominic Toretto. Which is why after three years we would be able to see him crashing in once again in Fast & Furious 9. Well played guys! Also, an untitled tenth film is also in store.
The script is under process and the producers have hinted that Dominic Toretto would be making an appearance in that one too. Also, Netflix is working on the animated series Spy Racers which is to be release this year itself. Let’s hope we get to see an animated Vin Diesel, how cool would that be!