Universal teases 'Fast & Furious 7,' Jolie film
By Lisa Richwine
LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - Cars falling from the sky in "Fast & Furious 7," clips from Angelina Jolie's directorial project "Unbroken," and the first look at erotic novel adaptation "Fifty Shades of Grey" provided a glimpse of Universal Pictures' upcoming movie slate on Tuesday.
In the footage shown to theater owners at the CinemaCon gathering in Las Vegas, a clip from the seventh installment of the "Fast and Furious" action franchise featured some of the final scenes filmed by actor Paul Walker before his sudden death in a California car crash in November last year.
Walker and other co-stars including Vin Diesel are seated in cars before the cargo door of a plane opens, and the vehicles drive out and plunge toward the ground, deploying parachutes for a safe landing.
The film will debut in April 2015. Its release was delayed by nine months after Walker died in the middle of filming.
Actor-director Jolie also appeared on stage to promote "Unbroken," a drama she directed about Louis Zamperini, a 1936 Olympian who became a prisoner of war when his plane was shot down over Japan during World War II.
Jolie said she was drawn to Zamperini's story, one of a hero who wasn't perfect and had started smoking, stealing and drinking by the age of nine.
"Its message is one we all need now more than ever," Jolie said. The film brings audiences "face to face with darkness, and tells us to never give up," Jolie added.
The movie stars Jack O'Connell and will be released on Christmas Day (December 25) this year. Continued...