A Universal Pictures representative recently confirmed that Vin Diesel’s custom Dodge Charger, which he drives in the upcoming movie F9, cost the studio more than $1 million to build.
The source made the news public via Insider, where it was noted that the vehicle “combines old and new technology” and that “multiple hybrid versions” of the car were made for the action-adventure feature.
The highly anticipated feature film first premiered in South Korea earlier this year and is expected to be released in the United States later in June.
Revive: A Universal Pictures representative confirmed that Vin Diesel’s Dodge Charger that he will drive in the highly anticipated film, F9, has cost the studio more than $1 million to build
The media outlet also spoke to the franchise’s automotive supervisor, Dennis McCarthy, who spoke about the difficulties in providing the public with an unfamiliar car created by the longevity of the Fast & Furious series.
“Coming up with a new version of a Dom Charger is getting harder with every new episode because there isn’t much we haven’t done yet,” he said.
He further noted that the car needed to stand out to F9 viewers and that his team was trying several new approaches to come up with the idea for the car.
“Dom’s F9 charger had to be something over-the-top, iconic and different from what we’ve done in the past,” he noted.
Using what worked: The series’ vehicle supervisor, Dennis McCarthy, spoke to Insider and noted that the design of the actor’s car “combines old and new technology.”
New Release: F9 premiered in South Korea earlier this year and will be released in the United States later this month
The vehicle supervisor also told the media about the car’s specs, saying the final product featured both historic designs and modern upgrades.
“With its mega-horsepower Dodge Hellcat engine, unique Charger engine location and combination of old and new technology, the mid-engine Charger meets all these criteria,” he noted.
McCarthy, who has worked on several episodes of the series, further noted that the new version of Toretto’s Charger “is now my favorite Fast & Furious car of all time.”
Development of F9 began shortly after the release of Furious 7, when it was announced that several other films in the franchise would be released in the near future.
Serious endorsement: McCarthy also spoke about the vehicle’s specs, saying Diesel’s new Charger was his ‘always favorite Fast & Furious car’
Several of the series’ main cast, including Jordana Brewster, Ludacris and Tyrese Gibson, will return for the upcoming film.
Charlize Theron and Helen Mirren will reprise their roles as Cipher and Queenie, respectively.
John Cena was added to the cast of the feature film in April 2019, and numerous other performers, such as Cardi B and Michael Rooker, signed up to appear in the film in the following months.
New blood: John Cena has signed up to compete in F9 in 2019 and will be featured alongside newcomers Michael Rooker and Cardi B
The film follows Toretto’s crew as they take on his long-lost brother, Jakob, who teams up with Cipher and holds a grudge against his sibling.
Physical production began in June 2019 and took place in locations such as Edinburgh and Los Angeles before filming was moved to Thailand and Georgia.
Michelle Rodriguez, who will reprise her role as Letty Ortiz, confirmed that part of the film would be set in space.
Plotline: The highly anticipated film follows Dominic Toretto’s crew as they take on his long-lost brother, Jakob, who teams up with criminal mastermind Cipher
The film’s release date has been changed several times for various reasons, the most important of which was the start of the global pandemic.
F9 had its official premiere in South Korea on May 19 and it is currently scheduled for June 25 in the United States.
The film was generally positively received and many reviewers pointed to the opening scene of the feature film as particularly impressive.
The Fast & Furious series will currently end after the release of two new episodes, both of which will be directed by director Justin Lin.
Coming to an end: The Fast & Furious series will end after the release of two further installments in the franchise