The tenth episode of the Fast and furious franchise – Fast X – returns to its roots, filming in the same Los Angeles neighborhood where it all started all those years ago. But the residents of the place are unhappy and threaten to protest the film if the shooting starts there. Fast and Furious has seen nine films from 2001-21, grossing over $6.6 billion at the box office. Also read: Fast and Furious star Vin Diesel talks about the end of the franchise
The first movie in the franchise – The Fast and the Furious – was filmed in the historic Angelino Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles. The film’s success turned the place into a street racer’s paradise, much to the chagrin of the residents. Over the years, several residents have reportedly complained to authorities about the threat posed by illegal racing in the area. According to some reports, 178 people have died in LA during illegal street racing in the past two decades. Fast X is now set to return to the spot. A report of filming reported by several news sites stated that the film will be shot Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. in front of the house owned by Vin Diesel‘s character Dominic Toretto.
But the news that the movie franchise is returning to the spot has not been very well received. An email obtained by Variety from a resident to the Los Angeles City Council reads: “If this filming is allowed to go through in Angelino Heights, or any part of it from F10 Productions (Universal) … we will organize a huge protest and will we invite many reporters and news cameras to film us protesting this filming all day and night.”
The statement adds that the protest will be in honor of the people who have lost their lives to street racers. “We will be holding this protest to honor the 178 people killed by street racers in Los Angeles, and to shame Universal for their heartless disregard for this deadly epidemic of street racing that started and continues to promote their films,” the e-mail said. read more email.
The report said Universal, the studio backing the film, did not respond to requests for comment, nor did LA city council member Gil Cedillo, who represents the area.
Fast X features a heavyweight all-star cast, including Vin Diesel, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, John Cena, Jordana Brewster, Nathalie Emmanuel, Sung Kang, Scott Eastwood, Michael Rooker, Helen Mirren, Charlize Theron, Cardi B, Jason Momoa, Daniela Melchior, Brie Larson, Alan Ritchson and Rita Moreno. The film is scheduled for release on May 19, 2023.