Fast and Furious: driving diversity in the cinema

Eleven years after its debut, the Fast and Furious franchise is more lucrative than ever. The latest is the third film ever to break $1 billion in the box office. But is its success down to cars, girls and explosions? Or does it offer something no other franchise does – a cast as diverse as its audience?

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When actor Paul Walker died in a car crash shortly before Furious 7 wrapped, social media saw an outpouring of grief from fans. For the thousands mourning the loss of a member of the ‘#fastfamily’, Walker’s passing marked a devastating end to more than a decade of adventures, romance and action.