As we pointed out this morning, it”s been 15 years since The Fast and the Furious opened in theaters. Now the director of that first film in the franchise is capitalizing on that anniversary and announcing the casting for his new movie by invoking the street racing movie that launched what”s now a behemoth of a heist action franchise.
“Coinciding with the 15 Year Anniversary of Rob Cohen”s 2001 blockbuster hit…” this press release begins.
Maggie Grace (Taken, Lost) and Ryan Kwanten (True Blood) are joining Cohen”s Category 5.
Here”s what the upcoming action-thriller is about:
Category 5 follows a team of tech hackers embarking on a $600 million robbery from a coastal U.S. Mint facility the same time a disastrous Category 5 storm is set to strike. The remaining people left in the deserted beach town are a meteorologist (Toby Kebbel), a treasury agent (Grace), and the meteorologist”s ex-marine brother (Kwanten). Together they must not only survive the storm, but also stop the mastermind thieves from accomplishing the heist of the century.
The film is currently in pre-production with principal photography set to begin on August 1, 2016. No release date is announced yet.