‘Fast & Furious 8’ all-star cast tries to bring home rogue leader

For Fast & Furious 8, the first chapter of Universal Pictures’ record-smashing homegrown franchise’s final trilogy, Vin Diesel as the newly rogue Dominic Toretto is joined by a returning all-star cast.

Chris “Ludacris” Bridges returns as Tej, brilliant tech-tactician and automotive mechanic extraordinaire. Revisiting a character every two years is a luxury that many actors do not get in the film business but for Chris “Ludacris” Bridges who marks his fifth turn as the automotive and tech tactician Tej, it’s a welcome sign when Morgan’s newest script shows up. Gone is the afro and garage coveralls Tej sported when he made his debut as a hustler in Miami’s illegal racing circuit in 2 Fast 2 Furious. These days he’s upgraded his wardrobe, toys and tools of the trade with the best that money can buy.

Nathalie Emmanuelle who made her franchise debut in Fast & Furious 7 is back as Ramsey as the brilliant hacker and God’s Eye creator Ramsey. The beautiful loner is now a more comfortable part of the team and has settled into her role alongside Tej, and has also built up her tech game now that she has unlimited resources.

“Ramsey hasn’t had the history with Dom that the rest of the characters have,” reflects Nathalie Emmanuel, who rocketed to fame on Game of Thrones as Missandei. “Although she’s been welcomed into the family, at the same time she is logical. She is all about the zeroes and ones and doing the math to try to figure out from a logical point of view what happened. Also, Ramsey is not necessarily as emotional as they are, and is the only one that can ask that question ‘Did he go rogue?’”

Tyrese Gibson is back as Roman, the fast-talking ladies man who’s never met a situation he can’t charm his way out of. Roman has consistently been the source of humor to balance out the high-octane action and drama that is the bedrock of the Fast series. No matter the situation, he is the first to eschew authority and speak his mind with his filter-free take on every situation; this always elicits the biggest audience laughs.

Spanish actress Elsa Pataky is back as Elena Neves, the Rio cop who fell for Dom, then became a fugitive on the lam, in Fast Five. Connecting over their shared losses she walks away from her life in Rio to build a new one with Dom in the Canary Islands. However, their idyllic life collapses with Letty’s return. As devastated as she is, Elena knows that Dom needs to find out the truth about his soul mate.

While Elena’s loyalties will always remain on the side of who she loves…Mr. Nobody’s loyalties still remain to be seen. The iconic performer Kurt Russell—whose character is back from an almost-certain death in the last film—takes great pleasure in the mischievous government spook who keeps everyone guessing.

“Coming in on Furious 7, I wanted to be able to create something that was a little bit different for this franchise,” Russell explains. “You don’t know much about Mr. Nobody, which I thought would be a fun invention for this serial approach. For now, he is proving to be a guy that the gang can trust. I don’t know how long or if that will actually remain, but that’s what is so fun about playing him. He takes everything as it comes and is very flippant about it all.”

About Fast & Furious 8

On the heels of 2015’s Fast & Furious 7, one of the fastest movies to reach $1 billion worldwide and the sixth-biggest global title in box-office history, comes the newest chapter in one of the most popular and enduring motion-picture serials of all time: Fast & Furious 8.

Now that Dom and Letty are married and Brian and Mia have retired from the game—and the rest of the crew has been exonerated—the globetrotting team has found a semblance of a normal life. But when a mysterious woman seduces Dom into the world of crime he can’t seem to escape and a betrayal of those closest to him, they will face trials that will test them as never before.

From the shores of Cuba and the streets of New York City to the icy plains off the arctic Barents Sea, our elite force will crisscross the globe to stop an anarchist from unleashing chaos on the world’s stage…and to bring home the man who made them a family.

Fast & Furious 8 features a returning all-star cast, as well as a star-studded array of newcomers to this world – Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Helen Mirren, Nathalie Emmanuel, Elsa Pataky, Scott Eastwood with Kurt Russell and Charlize Theron.

Opening across the Philippines on Black Saturday, April 15, 2017, Fast & Furious 8 is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

Action film ‘Fast & Furious 8’ marks start of planned final trilogy

Back to play the iconic rebel Dominic Toretto himself, Vin Diesel knew exactly what he wanted to accomplish for Universal Pictures’ Fast & Furious 8, the newest chapter in one of the most popular and enduring motion-picture serials of all time, and the first instalment of the planned final trilogy.

(Watch the featurette Dom & Letty’s Love Story below.)

“I only wanted to continue the saga if we were going to collectively make the best final trilogy for ourselves, for the legacy of our brother Paul, and for Universal, who’s been so supportive over the years,” says Diesel. “With Furious 7, our focus was to not only make the best film in the saga but to honor what it has represented for almost two decades. The key to this next chapter is to challenge those core themes that have endured, and to do it in a way that is compelling but still entertaining.”

“Dom Toretto is always about family, and with this storyline it’s the absolute opposite of what you expect,” adds director F. Gary Gray. “I wanted to be a part of delivering not only this different story, but delivering a performance that you’ve never seen from the entire cast. Now we’re able to explore this different realm of emotions with Dom going up against his family.”

For Fast & Furious fans, most of the franchise’s emotional beats almost always begin and end with the Dom-Letty love story.

Michelle Rodriguez, who originated the role of straight-shooting Letty Ortiz in 2001, has been a fierce proponent of keeping the couple’s relationship as grounded and real as possible, especially with its tumultuous history. That relationship has been placed in jeopardy time and time again, most jarringly in Fast & Furious with her supposed death. But even in her absence, Letty’s presence was just as strong, culminating in her on-screen resurrection as the coda of Fast Five and reconnection with Dom and her family of friends in Fast & Furious 6.

Their unconventional love story is a testament to the multi-layered films’ staying power for close to two decades. “A woman’s most powerful gift is love,” reflects Rodriguez. “What’s beautiful about Dom is that he only sees love’s strength, and that’s a testament to his character. It takes a certain type of guy to accept a really strong woman. But isn’t that the beauty of love? You’re so connected to that one person that the only thing that matters is what you both know to be true. What Vin and I try to convey with Letty and Dom is that, ultimately, the true message is this idealistic love drives people to fight for each other, to stay together tough times and to believe in each other.”

After surviving the machinations that kept them separated for years, Fast & Furious 8 finds Dom and Letty reunited and enjoying the laid back beauty of Cuba. But it is all about to disappear when a routine mission explodes and Dom betrays everyone he’s loved…and has loved him.

Faced with incontrovertible evidence that Dom has joined forces with a cyber-terrorist, seeds of doubt sprout within the team and begin to splinter the now fragile bonds. Despite everything, Letty is the lone holdout who believes in Dom. A lifetime of love that has triumphed and evolved cannot be denied. “Letty is moving on faith for the entire movie,” reflects Rodriguez. “She knows Dom, she knows how he’s wired and what drives him; this is the toughest thing she’s ever faced. Dom and Letty’s relationship is born of an unconditional love that binds them to one another.”

“The love is so deep between these two,” adds Diesel, “and as bleak as the situation looks, Letty is going to fight for her man…no matter what.”

Fast & Furious 8 features a returning all-star cast, as well as a star-studded array of newcomers to this world – Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Helen Mirren, Nathalie Emmanuel, Elsa Pataky, Scott Eastwood with Kurt Russell and Charlize Theron.

Opening across the Philippines on Black Saturday, April 15, 2017, Fast & Furious 8 is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

Vista Cinemas to extend operating hours for ‘Fast & Furious 8’

Vista Cinemas will have an extended operating hours on Black Saturday for “Fast and Furious 8.” All branches of Vista Cinemas, namely, Vista Mall Taguig, Vista Mall Pampanga, Vista Mall Sta. Rosa, Vista Mall Bataan and Evia Lifestyle Center have already started selling tickets beginning March 2.

Vista Cinemas at Evia Lifestyle Center will show the movie 24 hours on April 15, starting with a big 8:00 AM opening, that will go straight until the night of April 16, Easter Sunday. While only the cinemas at Evia Lifestyle Center will open 24 hours, the rest of the branches will open as early as 8:00 AM, and will have late night screenings as well.

“Fast and Furious 8” is the eight installment in the action-packed street-racing film franchise. “Fast and Furious 8” will also be available at Evia Lifestyle Center’s MX4D Motion EFX Theatre (the first and only in the Philippines) — the latest evolution in 4D cinema technology that features MX4D theater seats that move in-sync with the action on-screen, while special EFX generators inside the cinema make viewers feel every jolt, poke, tilt, timed wind and mist atomizers.

Vista Cinemas is currently running promos on the movie where they are giving away limited edition “Fast and Furious 8” collectible fan-art posters and T-shirts. Like @VistaCinemas on Facebook to know more about them.

About Fast and Furious 8

Just when everything seems to be all right—Dom and Letty are on their honeymoon, Brian and Mia retired, and the rest of the crew has been acquitted—a mysterious woman leads Dom to betray those closest to him.

Vin Diesel returns as Dom. The other returning cast members include Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Nathalie Emmanuel, Elsa Pataky and Kurt Russell. They will be joined by newcomers Charlize Theron, Scott Eastwood and Helen Mirren. The movie is helmed by Director F. Gary Gray whose claim to fame includes “The Italian Job” and “Straight Outta Compton.”

The film opens in Philippine theaters on April 15, 2017. It is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures. The film has been rated PG by the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB).

About Vista Cinemas

Vista Cinemas, a subsidiary of Vista Land & Lifescapes, one of the fastest growing chain of cinemas in the country today, is currently operating in 5 different Vista Malls under the Villar Group. Vista Cinemas at the Evia Lifestyle Center is home to the first and only MX4D Motion EFX Theatre in the Philippines, and also boasts of its luxury seating from world-renowned brands Figueras and Luxos. All branches of Vista Cinemas have a VIP Theater that is equipped with comfortable luxury recliners for a more relaxed movie watching experience, as well as movie theaters with Dolby Surround 7.1 and Dolby Atmos Sound Technology – it is sound that flows around you. Vista Cinemas Bataan has 5 out of 6 theaters with Laser Projection System, the latest projection technology in the market, where movies will be put on the screen in crystal clear images and almost life-like!

The branches of Vista Cinemas are located at the following:

Vista Cinemas at the Evia Lifestyle Center
3/F Evia Lifestyle Center, Daang Hari Road, Almanza Dos, Las Pinas City
(02) 777-1612 / (0977) 235-6541

Vista Cinemas Taguig
2/F Vista Mall Taguig, Phase 2, Camella Taguig Road, Bagong Calzada, Brgy. Tuktukan, Taguig City
(02) 634-5754 / (0995) 629-4805

Vista Cinemas Pampanga
3/F Vista Mall Pampanga, MacArthur Highway, San Agustin, San Fernando, Pampanga
(045) 497-0540 / (0927) 618-6978

Vista Cinemas Sta. Rosa
2/F Vista Mall Sta Rosa, Santa Rosa-Tagaytay Road, Sto. Domingo, Sta. Rosa, Laguna
(049) 544-6800 / (0917) 456-7298

Vista Cinemas Bataan
2/F Vista Mall Bataan, Roman Super Highway, Cupang Proper, Balanga City, Bataan
(047) 633-4867 / (0916) 340-9153

For more information about the company, their on-going promos, latest updates and daily movie schedule, like them on Facebook.com/vistacinemas. Ticket reservations are accepted through Facebook. Just send them a message and they will be more than glad to assist you. You may also follow them on Twitter (twitter.com/vistacinemas) and on Instagram. You may also send them a message at inquiry@vistacinemas.com.

WATCH: It’s family no more in first trailer for ‘Fast & Furious 8’

On the heels of 2015’s Fast & Furious 7, one of the fastest movies to reach $1 billion worldwide in box-office history and the sixth-biggest global title of all time, comes the newest chapter in one of the most popular and enduring motion-picture serials of all time: Fast & Furious 8.

Catch the first trailer that’s just been launched by Universal below and watch Fast & Furious 8 in Philippine cinemas on April 15, 2017.

Now that Dom and Letty are on their honeymoon and Brian and Mia have retired from the game—and the rest of the crew has been exonerated—the globetrotting team has found a semblance of a normal life. But when a mysterious woman (Oscar® winner Charlize Theron) seduces Dom into the world of crime he can’t seem to escape and a betrayal of those closest to him, they will face trials that will test them as never before.

From the shores of Cuba and the streets of New York City to the icy plains off the arctic Barents Sea, our elite force will crisscross the globe to stop an anarchist from unleashing chaos on the world’s stage…and to bring home the man who made them a family.

For Fast & Furious 8, Vin Diesel is joined by a returning all-star cast that includes Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Nathalie Emmanuel, Elsa Pataky and Kurt Russell. In addition to Theron, the series welcomes newcomers Scott Eastwood and Oscar® winner Helen Mirren. The film is directed by F. Gary Gray (Straight Outta Compton) and produced by returning producers Neal H. Moritz, Michael Fottrell and Diesel.

“Fast & Furious 8” is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.