Vin Diesel, Jason Stathem, Tyrese Gibson and Michelle Rodriguez were all on hand Thursday morning for the debut of the new Fast & Furious ride at Universal Studios Hollywood. The ride, part of the famed Studio Tour, plunges tourists into a 120 mph car race using state of the art 360-degree screens.
The Fast and the Furious series has consisted of seven films, each a box-office hit. The most recent film sparked controversy after the death of series star Paul Walker, who died in a car accident during filming. Another entry in the franchise is due in 2017.
The addition to the Universal Studios Theme Park in Hollywood marks a large ongoing expansion as the former studio converts to a full-time office headquarters and theme park. Recent additions include Springfield, USA, a themed area based on “The Simpsons,” Transformers: The Ride and Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem. A clone of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, the wildly successful themed land in the Universal Florida park, Islands of Adventure, is scheduled to open in 2016.