The title of the 10th Fast & Furious movie is a subtle nod to how it all started

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They did not follow our suggestion: Fast-TEN Your Seatbelts.

The titles of the Fast Saga films are as likely to cause as much whiplash as any of the stunts in the films themselves:

The fast and the furious. 2 Fast 2 Furious. Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift. Fast furious. Fast Five. Fast & Furious 6. Furious 7. Fate of the Furious. And more recently, F9.

While recent behind-the-scenes drama has been just as tense as what unfolds on screen, star and producer Vin Diesel has confirmed that the next two Fast and Furious films will be the franchise’s final entries.

And this week, to celebrate the first day of filming for the 10th film, Diesel took to Instagram to announce the film’s official title:

Yeah.

x fast.

Incredible stuff.

While you might immediately think this might be a reference to Vin Diesel’s other all-action franchise xXx, it actually reads like a subtle nod to the humble beginnings of the Fast Saga itself.

The very first movie came about when director Rob Cohen and series producer Neil H. Moritz read an article in Vibe magazine about illegal street racing in New York City. And the name of this article, which would also have been the original title of the first film? Runner X.

It could also be an indication that the series itself is returning to its smaller roots – less underwater chases and endless airport runways – as Moritz recently stated on the podcast. The City with Matthew Belloni:

“Honestly, I think going forward I would actually like to get smaller. And I would like to kind of start going back to where we started. I think that’s an interesting way to go. J like to zigzag and then zag. I like to try to do something different and I think that’s what audiences are asking for these days.”

We’ll still have a bit of a wait, as Fast X – which will see series regulars Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Jordana Brewster, Nathalie Emmanuel, Sung Kang, Charlize Theron and Michael Rooker – to be joined by new cast additions Jason Momoa, Daniela Melchior and Brie Larson – won’t arrive in Irish cinemas until May 2023.

Until then, if you’re a fan of the Fast Saga, why not check out JOE’s four-part Fast & Furious film special. The first episode is here, with all episodes available wherever you get your podcasts:

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