'Fast & Furious' cast roars into London vowing to keep on racing

Wed May 8, 2013 8:07am EDT
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By Sarah Mills

LONDON (Reuters) - The cast of "Fast & Furious" sped into London for the world premiere of their sixth film that is set in the British capital, vowing to keep racing despite the exit of director Justin Lin.

Surrounded by souped-up cars and dancers in mini-shorts, the "Fast & Furious 6" stars packed a blue carpet in Leicester Square on Tuesday to promote the latest film in the street-racing franchise that has grossed $1.6 billion since 2001.

The film is the fourth directed by Taiwan-born Lin who is credited for resurrecting a franchise that was almost written off before becoming one of Hollywood's most lucrative movies and ranked the 22nd biggest franchise globally.

Lin said he was delighted the franchise had evolved to be so successful and that he was bowing out after filming the latest fast-paced adventure in central London with British singer Rita Ora counting down a race through the streets.

"It is only the third film in history to shoot in Piccadilly Circus. That meant everything to us," Lin told Reuters television.

Lin's debut in the franchise, "Tokyo Drift", grossed $158 million worldwide while ticket sales for his 2011 film "Fast Five" jumped to about $628 million globally.

"Fast 6", one of the most anticipated films of the summer season critical to Hollywood studios, again features Vin Diesel as Dominic Toretto, a now retired professional criminal.

He reunites his crew to help Diplomatic Security Service agent Luke Hobbs, played by Dwayne Johnson, track down a mercenary organization led by Owen Shaw (Luke Evans).   Continued...

Director Justin Lin, recipient of the Director of the Year Award, arrives at the CinemaCon awards ceremony at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada April 18, 2013. REUTERS/Steve Marcus