As anticipation builds for the release of “Fast X,” fans are eagerly awaiting Jason Momoa’s portrayal of Dante, the formidable antagonist set to unleash chaos and destruction.
Composer Brian Tyler, known for his iconic soundtracks in the Fast & Furious franchise, promises that audiences will not only understand Dante’s motivations but also feel sympathetic towards his actions. In an exclusive interview, Tyler delves into the intricacies of creating the character’s theme and sheds light on Dante’s role within the franchise.
Defining the Soundtrack:
Having been involved with the Fast & Furious series since its inception, Brian Tyler has played a pivotal role in shaping the sound of the beloved action franchise.
Each character introduced in the films receives a distinct musical theme that reflects their personality, motivations, and connections to other characters. With Jason Momoa’s Dante, Tyler faced the challenge of crafting one of the most complex themes in the franchise’s history. He describes it as follows:
“And now you have Dante, this new character that is Jason Momoa, who has one of my favorite themes that I’ve ever done. It’s brand new for it. It has a really interesting harmonic chord progression, but with this melody that is slightly out in a way that it just feels really good.
Like when you hear it, there’s a certain moment where it’s kind of a rotating, undulating, kind of building a piece of music. And every time it hits this one part, it’s off-kilter in a way musically that kind of hits you in that sweet spot. It kind of gives you that ‘ooh’ feeling that makes it feel different. It makes it feel special. It’s not just villain music. It’s smarter, in terms of his character.”
Dante’s Motivation and Complexity:
In “Fast X,” Jason Momoa’s Dante seeks vengeance against the Fast Family for his father, Hernan Reyes (played by Joaquim de Almeida), who was taken down by Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) during the events of “Fast Five.”
As Dante becomes the most dangerous adversary the Family has ever faced, he is willing to sacrifice anything to achieve his goal. However, Tyler emphasizes that the film provides Dante with a depth that allows audiences to empathize with the character. He explains:
“There’s an intelligence to him [Dante]. You relate to this character in a way. You’re given enough story about this character to understand where he’s coming from and empathize with them. And there’s emotion to it. And in the way it builds, you can see how it’s just kind of almost like there’s a beauty to it, that you’re attracted to this character in a way. But you can see how it’s gone wrong and it’s gone to the other side. It’s like, I’m really proud of it.”
The Star-Studded Cast:
In addition to Jason Momoa and the returning Fast & Furious cast members, “Fast X” features an impressive array of new additions. Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris Bridges, Nathalie Emmanuel, Jordana Brewster, Sung Kang, Jason Statham, Charlize Theron, and Scott Eastwood reprise their roles, while Momoa and Brie Larson take on prominent new characters.
The star-studded lineup is further bolstered by the inclusion of Daniela Melchior, Alan Ritchson, Helen Mirren, and legendary Puerto Rican actress Rita Moreno as Dom’s grandmother.
As “Fast X” gears up for its highly-anticipated release on May 19, fans can expect an exceptional musical experience courtesy of composer Brian Tyler. With his creation of a captivating and nuanced