As 'Fast and Furious 6' races into cinemas this weekend, the next instalment speeds into production this summer. 'Fast and Furious 7' is bound to keep raising the bar in terms of mad stunts, thrilling set pieces and plenty of vehicular destruction but here is a look at what else is known about the seventh entry in the franchise so far.
'Fast and Furious 7' will have some familiar faces, at least one major new addition to the cast and a new director for the first time since Tokyo Drift so there is a lot to look forward to. Here is what we know so far.
The Rock returns
Fans of Dwayne Johnson's agent Luke Hobbs will be pleased to hear that The Rock star is confirmed for his third entry in the Fast and Furious franchise, after first appearing as they guy who looked likely to finally bring down Dom and his team in Rio in 'Fast Five'. Sort of switching sides in 'Fast and Furious 6' and recruiting the help of Vin Diesel and co, it remains to be seen what role he takes in 'Fast and Furious 7'.
Sticking to the formula, it looks as though many of the other cast members will be returning with Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Tyrese Gibson all confirmed for more mechanical madness in the next entry.
Jason Statham is the bad guy
The rumour mill has been buzzing for a long time now that Britain's own tough guy Jason Statham would be making an appearance in a post-credits sting of 'Fast and Furious 6'. The rumours have been conformed with reports that the Stath does indeed show up briefly in 'Fast and Furious 6' and is all set to take over on villain duties from Luke Evans. The Internet Movie Database has Statham down as a character named Ian Shaw, suggesting that he is definitely related to Luke Evan's bad guy from Fast 6, Owen Shaw. Will Statham's Shaw be out for revenge on Dom and the rest of the gang? We certainly hope so.
Out with Justin Lin, in with James Wan
Before 'Fast and Furious 6' was even released, the producers were talking about a follow up and recently confirmed the release date would be 11 July 2014. The daunting deadline was just a little too speedy for departing director Justin Lin and he has had to make way for another director to take over the task of tackling 'Fast and Furious 7' and turning it around in time for that tight release date.
Lin has been the director since the third entry in the series, Tokyo Drift, and has taken the franchise from death's door to one of the highlights of the summer. However the tight schedule needed for 'Fast and Furious 7' meant that he had to regrettably leave the franchise, making way for James Wan, the director of horror smashes 'Saw' and 'Insidious'. Does this mean 'Fast and Furious 7' will be a horror? Unlikely, but Wan will no doubt bring some stylishly stunning visuals to the next installment hopefully taking the summer blockbuster in a darker direction.What would you like to see in 'Fast and Furious 7'?