How A Fast & Furious Cameo Earned Vin Diesel The Rights To Riddick

Vin Diesel’s surprise appearance at the end of “The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift” was a bit of a mind-blower at the time.

What was initially an unconnected entry in a series about street racing turned out to bridge previously existing characters within a shared universe, predating the “Iron Man” post-credits scene by two years.

Unlike the MCU, however, this wasn’t at all a planned story map.

It turns out this franchise-changing moment was because Vin Diesel desperately wanted to acquire the rights to his labor of love, “Riddick.”Although Diesel’s Dominic Toretto has become the face of the “The Fast and the Furious” series, the actor wasn’t always as enamored with the role.

He turned down a 20 million offer to appear in “2 Fast 2 Furious” after reading the screenplay, deciding instead to star in “The Chronicles of Riddick,” the sequel to the 2000 sci-fi action horror cult hit “Pitch Black,

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