With Dwayne Johnson, one of the biggest stars of the franchise will once again be missing in the internationally known as Fast X Fast & Furious 10 after part 9 – but apparently tries to replace the main actor and producer Vin Diesel with all means. With DC star Jason Momoa (“Aquaman”), who joins the series in the tenth film alongside Marvel heroine Brie Larson (“Captain Marvel”), a replacement muscle mountain is provided directly. But if the testosterone-gasoline franchise has taught us anything, it’s more is more. And so Alan Ritchson is the next action star to join the cast of Fast & Furious 10how deadline reported.
The 37-year-old giant from North Dakota recently made a name for himself with his performance of Jack Reacher in Amazon’s “Reacher” and is likely to appear in the film by Louis Letterier (“The Transporter”, “Now You See Me”), which Justin Lin replaced the director’s chair, now stand in front of the camera for his biggest feature film to date.
Ritchson recently followed in the footsteps of Tom Cruise (“Jack Reacher”, “Jack Reacher – No Way Back”) and gave Amazon Prime Video a real surprise hit as a powerful, muscle-bound popular figure – precisely those qualities would make him “Fast X” the perfect Dwayne – Make Johnson replacement. But what many people don’t know is that he has been in front of the camera as an action hero for over 15 years – and even celebrated his Hollywood debut with a role that particularly connects him with “Fast X” colleague Jason Momoa.
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His first TV role was that of Arthur Curry aka Aquaman in the Superman series Smallville. In addition to guest appearances in hit formats such as “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”, “Black Mirror” or “New Girl”, he also slaughtered his way through the bloody apocalypse alongside leading actress Christina Ochoa in one season of “Blood Drive” before appearing as Hank Hall and Hawk played his biggest role to date in the DC series “Titans”.
His cinematic roles include Raphael in the two Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles films and District 1 fighter Gloss in The Hunger Games – Catching Fire.
Ritchson thus becomes part of a mega-star cast that, in addition to the regular ensemble around Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris and Nathalie Emmanuel, once again includes Sung Kang as Han and Charlize Theron as Cipher. In addition to Momoa, Brie Larson and Ritchson, the Portuguese Daniela Melchior is also new on board. She last played Ratcatcher 2 in James Gunn’s crazy DC spectacle “The Suicide Squad”.
Yes, that superstar casserole probably also contributes to the fact that the production costs of the action film literally explode. Even before the departure of director Justin Lin, who is said to cost Studio Universal between 600,000 and one million dollars a day (!), the budget was in astronomical spheres. The “Fast X” shoot is said to have cost over $300 million – and without any marketing at all.
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If you want to end up in the black at the box office with what is planned to be the penultimate film in the Fast & Furious main series (various other spin-offs alongside Hobbs & Shaw have been under discussion for years), you will probably want the predecessor have to surpass by quite a bit. “Fast & Furious 9” grossed “only” 726 million dollars, after the two films before that each raked in well over a billion in the box office.
The official cinema release of “Fast X” and “Fast & Furious 10” is May 18, 2023.
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