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Did Vin Diesel just reveal which classic British actor will play the Shaw family’s father?

May 1st, 2021 by Marc Comments

One of the biggest parts of the Fast and Furious franchise is the idea of family.

Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto has been building a family throughout the franchise and often sermonises about the importance of family. However, one of the best families in the franchise is an actual family.

The Shaws.

First introduced in Fast & Furious 6 was Owen Shaw, played by Luke Evans, who was introduced as a villain in the franchise who ended up in a coma at the end of that movie. Also at the end of that movie, we met his brother, Deckard Shaw, played by Jason Statham who pops up in a mid-credit scene and, it turns out, was responsible for killing Han in the third movie (keep up, it’s not that tough).

In the next movie, Deckard Shaw visits his brother in hospital and then vows to kill all of Toretto’s team (he started this with Han). However, in the next movie Deckard Shaw becomes part of the Toretto ‘family’. This pissed off a lot of people because he’s still the guy who killed Han (more on this here).

In this outing, we also met the Shaw brothers’ mother, Magdalene, played by the one and only Helen Mirren.

Mirren and Statham both returned for the spin-off movie Hobbs and Shaw and we meet the third Shaw child, Hattie Shaw, played to perfection by Vanessa Kirby – oh, just to keep it interesting, Hattie is an M16 agent (and potentially the love interest of Dwayne Johnson’s Luke Hobbs, moving forward) and, look, they are the coolest family in the Fast Saga.

But, it seems that we haven’t met them all yet – and no, we’re not going to go into how some people think Charlize Theron’s villainous Cypher is potentially another Shaw.

In a new interview, Vin Diesel was asked about a scene in the upcoming Fast 9 which will see a scene from the first movie revisited – this franchise does love a good revisited flashback – (which we talk about here) and, if he could, would he introduce any characters into the franchise’s past to help build even more mythology into the franchise and his answer may have spoiled a big appearance in the next movie.

“I guess if I were to think where we’re going with the next chapter – Michael Caine,” Diesel replied.

“I might have found a way – you’re saying if I could have redesigned the mythology or added little elements of the mythology – I could have done something with Helen Mirren and Michael Caine’s character and played something out. I could have introduced something [for] the future.”

Waaaait… is Caine set to appear in this movie? Or perhaps one of the next two? And, if so, is he set to be the father of Deckard, Hattie and Owen? Did he father the franchise’s coolest family with Helen Mirren’s character? If so, that’s very cool, indeed.

And, on top of that, this has another cool like bit of six degrees of separation happening here.

Now, I’m not saying that Caine, left, will be reprising the character of Charlie Croker from 1969’s Italian Job (how awesome would it be that that movie is actually a part of the franchise?) but this isn’t the first time the franchise has hinted that the Italian Job is part of the Fast Saga.

In Hobbs & Shaw we see some of Deckard Shaw’s car, one of which is a Mini, and Shaw remarks that he used it a few years ago for a job in Italy… which is meta because Statham is in the 2003 Italian Job as a character called Hansome Rob and, as if that’s not enough, Charlize Theron is too! She plays Stella Bridger in the movie and she’s also Cypher in the Fast Saga!

Weird, right?

Imagine if it turned out that both Italian Jobs were part of the saga and we didn’t even know it! After all, they wouldn’t be the first official Fast & Furious movie with Justin Lin’s Better Luck Tomorrow already being an unofficial official movie in the series (here).

So, there you have it… it seems the Shaw family and, by default, the Fast & Furious story is set to grow again in one of the upcoming final three movies.

And it’s all really very cool and fun

Source: EW

Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….