ByAllanah Faherty, writer at Creators.co
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After the release of the adrenalin-filled trailer for Furious 7, we're rapidly speeding down the final lap before the film will be released.

The Fast and the Furious franchise has come a long way over the course of 13 years and seven films, it's been the making of careers, friendships, and an unbeatable series that the world just cannot get enough of.

So jump in and let's take a spin back 2001 to see how much the cast of The Fast and the Furious have changed:

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Vin Diesel (Dominic Toretto)

Then: Vin played the ex-convict Dominic Toretto, unknowingly under investigation by Brian O'Conner and the FBI. Vin Diesel was already a busy actor by the time Fast and Furious film was made, having starred in Saving Private Ryan and Pitch Black, and voiced The Iron Giant; although it was his role as Dominic Toretto that sky rocketed him to action star status.

Now: Vin Diesel still remains one of the biggest movie stars in the world, continuing to star in the Fast and Furious franchise. He is the most 'liked' actor on Facebook and will soon be returning to another of his most famous roles, Xander Cage in [xXx: The Return of Xander Cage](movie:677560).

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Michelle Rodriguez (Letty Ortiz)

Then: Michelle Rodriguez was a relatively new actress when she hit the jackpot in the role of Letty in The Fast and the Furious. Her first film role as boxer in the movie Girlfight had led to a slew of awards, but it was the Fast franchise that made her an action movie star.

Now: Rodriguez continues to be a part of the Fast franchise as well staring in other action flicks such as Battle: Los Angeles, Machete Kills, and Resident Evil: Retribution. The 36-year-old also uses her other creative skills working as an international DJ.

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Jordana Brewster (Mia Toretto)

Then: Jordana was a soap opera star in the long running show As the World Turns from 1995-200,1 in the recurring role of Nikki Munson. Though she had appeared in other films prior, it was her role as Mia Toretto in The Fast and the Furious that was her breakthrough into film.

Now: Jordana, like her other The Fast and the Furious costars, has continued to appear in The Fast and Furious franchise. Aside from welcoming her baby son, Julian, in September 2013, she has also been busy playing Elena Ramos in the TV show [Dallas](series:782014), and will soon appear as Dusty in [Home Sweet Hell](movie:2320857).

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Ja Rule (Edwin)

Then: Ja Rule was an established musician by the time The Fast and the Furious filmed, having already released two albums. He appeared as Edwin, a drag racer racing in his red '97, Acura Integra. Ja Rule also had multiple tracks on the movies soundtrack.

Now: Ja Rule's acting career continued after his stint in Fast and the Furious, though it was nothing compared to his success as a rapper, having been nominated for, and won, multiple awards. In 2009 he took a hiatus from music but returned in 2012 with his album Pain is Love 2. Ja Rule has also had troubles with the law in recent years, serving a sentence for tax evasion, for which he was released May 2013. But it doesn't seem to have held him back, as he released two new singles in September of the same year.

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Paul Walker (Brian O'Conner)

Then: Paul played undercover cop Brian O'Conner who fell for Dominic's sister, Mia, while on an investigation. While filming Fast and Furious, Walker became the heart throb of the time. He starred in such films as She's All That, Joy Ride, and Pleasantville, although his popularity was solidified through his role as Brian O'Conner.

Now: Sadly, Paul was tragically killed in a car accident on November 30, 2013. Paul was leaving an event for his own charity Reach Out Worldwide as a passenger in a 2005 Porsche Carrera GT, when the car lost control and crashed. Paul's legacy will live on in Furious 7, as well as with his charity organization. RIP Paul.

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Furious 7 will premiere April 3rd, 2015 and features the core four who starred in the very first The Fast and the Furious film. Sadly Paul Walker's role will be posthumous, though I have no doubt it will make this film all the more special.

For those of you who haven't seen the amazing and adrenalin pumping trailer for the film, check it out:

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