Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson and Jason Statham appeared today at Unviersal Studios Hollywood's new thrill ride, “Fast & Furious—Supercharged”, and were among the first to experience the attraction, which debuts as the grand finale to the world famous Studio Tour.
Also attending were Fast & Furious series filmmakers Neal H. Moritz and Chris Morgan, who were joined by Steve Burke, CEO of NBCUniversal; Ron Meyer, Vice Chairman, NBCUniversal; Tom Williams, Chairman, Universal Parks & Resort; Larry Kurzweil, President and COO, Universal Studios Hollywood; Mark Woodbury President, Universal Creative; and L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti.
The new ride, inspired by Universal Pictures’ blockbuster film and featuring cast members from the series, including Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson and Luke Evans, is a technologically advanced mega-attraction designed to catapult guests into the high-stakes underground world of street racing at "perceived speeds" of 120 miles per hour, Universal said in a statement. The ride opens on June 24, 2015.
“Fast & Furious is an exhilarating global film phenomenon that has been consistently characterized as a thrill ride. Now we can officially say it is,” said Larry Kurzweil, President of Universal Studios Hollywood. “As Universal Studios Hollywood’s ambitious epic transformation continues as part of our 50th anniversary, we are thrilled to bring Universal’s incredibly compelling film franchise to life.”
A hydraulic motion-based ride, “Fast & Furious—Supercharged” tells an original Fast & Furious story. The attraction fuses sophisticated special effects with a state-of-the-art 3D audio system and 3D-HD imagery projected onto the world’s longest and most expansive 360-degree screen. Spanning nearly 400 feet in length to encircle Studio Tour guests within a newly constructed 65,000-square-foot structure on the legendary backlot, the sprawling custom-built screen employs 34, 4K projectors and a specially configured projection system to envelop guests in unprecedented realism.
“Fast & Furious—Supercharged” takes guests on a wild ride that begins the moment they board the Studio Tour. Exclusive interstitial content filmed with cast members is featured on the tram monitors, highlighting interactions as the cast engages guests en route to the climactic ride. Along the tram route and featured at the ride, sightings of numerous prop cars from the Fast & Furious series, including Dom’s iconic Dodge Charger, enhance the story.
“We’ve perfected an exciting new form of immersive entertainment that combines over-the-top hyper-realistic action adventure with exhilarating custom-made special effects that will transport guests into the thrilling world of Fast & Furious, said Mark Woodbury, President of Universal Creative. “Our collaboration with Universal Pictures to create an authentic experience through epic storytelling and technological breakthroughs continues to be a hallmark of Universal Studios Hollywood.”
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