13 October, 2015. 10:20
CLANCY OVERELL | Editor | Contact
[dropcap]N[/dropcap]ot even an entire year after the Fast & Furious franchise released a seventh instalment, production has already begun on “Fast and Furious 8”.
The upcoming sequel, which is due for a 2017 release, is already being touted as one of the expensive action of all time.
With three more films to go, and an ever-expanding fictional universe of characters, it seems that the Fast franchise have decided to include a new element of car culture in the next sequel: The Australian V8
The film’s assistant producer and lead actor, Vin Diesel, has confirmed this morning that Furious 8 intends to begin a new trilogy of films, one that will ultimately end the franchise altogether with Furious 10.
Speaking to the Huffington Post, Diesel went on to explain the basic background of the third last hurrah.
“It’s going to be set between New York City and Baltimore. The team is confronted with a proposal from a Black Nationalist crime syndicate who kidnap one of their own,”
“The driving in this instalment looks to be fairly more aggressive and the plot works around this, we have delved into the Australian V8 culture,”
Vin Diesel went on to explain how Paul Walker’s legacy continues through the inclusion of “Brian O’Connor’s long lost cousin from Down Under”
“The street racing scene in New York is unique in itself, we decided to mix things up even further by bringing in an Australian character, Keith O’Connor, equipped with his very own ‘souped up’ Holden Commodore – an iconic Australian muscle car,”
On April 9, 2015, producer Neal H. Moritz told The Hollywood Reporter that the filmmakers have already decided which actor will play the new Australian character. After overlooking the likes of Hugh Jackman and Luke Bracey, it has been decided that the role of Keith O’Connor will be played by Australian soap opera star, Ryan Moloney.
The 35-year-old Australian actor, best known for his long-running portrayal of the fictional character Jarrod “Toadfish” Rebecchi in the Australian family drama Neighbours, has spoken to Australia’s ABC Radio National today, about his exciting move into film.
“It’s going to be very testing, but I’m sure it’s going to be a lot of fun as well,” said the Australian fan favourite.
“I think film was the logical next step for me. I mean 22 seasons of Neighbours has really prepared me for this role,”
“I’ve played a troubled teen, a widowed young husband, a family solicitor, a single dad and more while on the set of Neighbours. The character I have been chosen for in [Fast 8] – is actually the closest thing you’ll get to the real me,”
Ryan Moloney, who is more commonly known to Australians simply as his iconic character’s name, ‘Toadie’, says that despite the comfortable career he has had in television, a lot of people probably don’t understand how close the character of Keith O’Connor is to his heart.
“Before I started to take my acting seriously, V8’s were my life. Not even racing, most of the time it was just general hooning,”
“Every friday, saturday night… Me and my mates would each put away an entire block of Victor Bravos [slang for VB, a working-class Australian beer], and cut hoops in the industrial estates of St Kilda,” says the now happily-married father of three.
“I’d spend my week earning a pay packet as a teenage heart throb on Neighbours, only to blow it all each weekend on a brand new set of tyres,”
“I’d be drinking Woodstock bourbon and cola and lighting my lime-green ’96 Commodore up. It has a big fuck off spoiler and a cannon that used to break glass,”
“We’d burn those motherfuckin’ GoodYear’s down to the wires. Then, it was back to playing Toadie for the week,”
“I’ve put on a few good fuckin’ smokeshows in my time,”
Moloney has stated that while he is keen to continue playing his patriarchal character of Jarrod “Toadfish” Rebecci, he is going to have to wait and see what the production schedule looks like on Fast 8.
“I hope I can keep up the Neighbours stuff. But seriously, if [Fast 8] clashes… Then I’m going to have to go with the film,”
“It’s the only way I can convince people to stop fucking calling me Toadie in public,”
The eight instalment of the Fast & Furious franchise is titled “Fast V8: NYC” with filming set to start in April 2016. For any updates, make sure you follow us on Facebook