“The Fast and the Furious” raced its way into theaters in 2001, and has since become one of the most popular film franchises of all time. Many of the movie’s principal actors like Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, and Paul Walker, launched their careers in the franchise, and have ascended to superstar status over the course of nearly two decades.
After seven action-packed movies, most of the crew is teaming up again for the eighth film in the series, “The Fate of the Furious,” in theaters April 14.
Charlize Theron is joining the cast as a villain, Cipher, who gets Dominic to turn against the crew he calls family. But Dom isn’t the only character whose role in the series has changed over time.
Keep reading to see how the franchise’s main stars have changed since the first film.
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Vin Diesel plays Dominic Toretto, an ex-convict turned mechanic who leads a team of elite street racers.
The actor had been in a handful of films already, like 2000’s “Boiler Room” and the sci-fi horror movie “Pitch Black,” but his fame skyrocketed when he was cast as Dom in the series’ first film. Diesel also voices Groot in “Guardians of the Galaxy.”
Diesel will return to “Fast 8,” but his character will be the subject of a massive plot twist.
In “The Fate of the Furious,” Dom goes rogue and betrays his family after being presumably seduced by a woman named Cipher, played by Charlize Theron. We’re almost convinced it has to be more than that for Diesel to turn his back on his team.
Dom’s love interest, Letty Ortiz, is played by Michelle Rodriguez.
Letty has been part of the street racing crew since the beginning of the series, and she’s undergone a few twists of her own. After disbanding the crew in “Fast and Furious,” Dom discovers that Letty has been murdered, only to later find out in “Fast and Furious 6” that she survived a major accident, but began working against him after suffering from amnesia.