Tuesday, November 19, 2019


Ever since its first installment all the way back in 2001, the Universal Pictures vehicular action franchise “Fast and Furious” has thrilled audiences across an ever-increasing number of direct sequels and one spinoff. Not even the passing of one of its main stars during production of the seventh movie has halted the series’ momentum, carried by co-originator Vin Diesel and a stellar lineup of action stars like Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham. While the themes of “Fast and Furious” are relatively mature, involving activities from organized car theft to global terrorism, the property was deemed cool enough with general viewers for a new, younger-skewing spinoff to be developed for streaming.

And that is the origin of “Fast and Furious: Spy Racers,” an upcoming 3D animated series spinoff of Vin Diesel’s cash-cow starring franchise, to be shown digitally on global streaming giant Netflix. According to IGN, Universal Pictures and its production partner for “Spy Racers,” DreamWorks Animation, have released both a teaser and a batch of promotional images to introduce the new vehicular action series to fans of the overall property, before its official Netflix debut just next month. The show focuses on a newly-revealed relative of Diesel’s character Dom Toretto, and his own high-speed adventures.

“Spy Racers” will introduce Tony Toretto (voiced by Tyler Posie of “Teen Wolf”), a young cousin of Dom’s, who feels most at home on the road with his trusty car and his own early/mid-teens racing crew. Things take a more exciting and dangerous turn when, just like his cuz Dom, Tony is recruited alongside his team by a government agency. Their mission is to investigate and infiltrate an extreme racing circuit that is suspected to be a front for the ruthless international terrorist organization SH1FT3R.

The voice cast for this “Fast and Furious” spinoff is also a surprising who’s who of talent, ranging from film and stage stars Luke Youngblood (“Harry Potter”), Jorge Diaz (“Paranormal Activity”) and Renee Elise Goldsberry (“Hamilton”), to veteran voice actors Grey Griffin (“Avatar: The Last Airbender”) and Fred Tatasciore (“Gears of War”). Also a notable addition is Vin Diesel’s own daughter Similce Diesel, in what can be construed as the beginning of a true generational involvement in this long-running franchise. The short teaser also showcases intense car racing and battling action that would not be out of place in the mainline “Fast and Furious” films, something fans can certainly appreciate.

“Fast and Furious: Spy Racers” premieres on Netflix streaming this coming December 26. It should tide over many franchise followers who are still waiting for “Fast and Furious 9,” scheduled for release in May 2020, in a follow-up to the ongoing antagonist arc that began in “Fate of the Furious.”

Image courtesy of Comic Book.com


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