Biggie‘s “Notorious Thugs,” his iconic posthumous collaboration with Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, has been reimagined for the first look at the next Fast & Furious movie.
The nearly four minute long trailer for Fast X arrived on Friday (February 10) and is soundtracked by a slightly deconstructed version of the 1997 song that fans may not recognize right away. The well known piano rift comes in first, but at a lower octave.
To match the dramatic theme of the 10th Fast & Furious film, the melody is soon replaced by a slowed string version before Bone Thugs-n-Harmony are heard singing the song’s hook. Biggie’s voice doesn’t come in until the 2:25 minute mark, rapping the first three lines of his first verse on the song.
FastX is the second to last installment in the action-meets-racing franchise, which was first introduced to audiences in 2001.
The new film sees Vin Diesel’s character Dominic Toretto facing the son of drug kingpin Hernan Reyes, who was killed during a heist carried out by Dom and his crew in Fast Five. The son, Dante (played by Jason Momoa), in his quest to avenge his father’s death, partners with Charlize Theron as Cipher, a cyberterrorist who has appeared in the last two films.
To develop Dante’s story, Fast X revisits moments from Fast Five, but presents them from the eyes of his father and the others painted as “bad guys” originally.
“We took these scenes, and we created it through the eyes of the other guys,” director Louis Leterrier told Entertainment Weekly. “We see them from afar and they’re like, ‘Take them out. They’re bad guys, they stole our safe.’ That’s what’s interesting — by doing so, you guide the audience to rethink everything they’ve experienced in the entire franchise.”
“Sure, your experience was ‘that’s the right thing to do’: the truths through the eyes of Dom and the family,” Leterrier continued. “But the antagonists always had their point of view and their truth that’s quite different from the other one. A good antagonist has their own truth, so that’s what we [wanted to explore].”
With the main plot rooted in the Toretto crew’s past, this latest installment of the Fast & Furious sees every previous member of Dom’s team return to the franchise, including Tyrese Gibson and Ludacris, who reprise their roles as Roman Pearce and Tej Parker respectively.
Even the late Paul Walker appears in a series of flashbacks while the storyline continues to reference and include his character Brian O’Conner when he doesn’t appear on screen.
Fast X is set to hit theaters on May 19, 2023. An 11th and final film in the series is already in production.