Although it’s not scheduled to open in theaters for a few more weeks, attendees at this year’s SXSW festival in Austin, Texas were given a unique opportunity to see the film before anyone else.
According to Variety, sources confirmed that the seventh installment of the Fast & Furious film franchise, and the last to feature the late Paul Walker, was given a surprise screening in Austin last night. Just hours before it was scheduled to take place, the organizers of the festival tweeted out this cryptic hint about a new addition to the lineup that would prove to be a big coup.
Just added for all #SXSW badges: surprise screening of a huge film, 7 mins after midnight tonight @ Paramount. Gotta be FAST to get a seat.
— SXSW (@sxsw) March 15, 2015
Furious 7‘s plot spins directly out of the events of 2013’s Fast & Furious 6, which saw Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) and his crew defeat Owen Shaw. Now, Owen’s brother Deckard (played by Jason Statham) is back and seeking revenge. The chronoloy of the series has been somewhat odd, because the fourth, fifth, and sixth films all took place in the time period between 2003’s 2 Fast 2 Furious and 2006’s The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. urious 7 will be the first sequel in the series to be set after the events of Tokyo Drift.
Of course, one of the major reasons people are anticipating this film in particular is due to the death of actor Paul Walker in late 2013, which caused production of this film to be delayed and reorganized in order to account for the actor’s inability to complete his performance. His character, Brian O’Connor, will be retired rather than killed.
A major studio film premiered at a film festival earlier this year as well, when Warner Bros.’ Jupiter Ascending was given a surprise screening at Sundance. Still, Furious 7 is one of the early year’s most anticipated theatrical releases, and this is undoubtedly a boon for SXSW — as if it needed one.
Furious 7 opens in theaters nationwide on April 3rd. For more on news as it develops, keep an eye on GeekNation!
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