Starting the first series of The Fast and The Furious in 2001, this movie has wildly exceeded box office expectations. The heist film which starring Vin Diesel and Paul Walker has grown in scope, budgets, stunts, and cast size with every release.
We’re living in the 18th year of Fast & Furious movies, and there’s every reason to believe that Universal Pictures will ride this behemoth ‘til the wheels fall off. Our grandchildren may very well ask us to take them to Fast & Furious 26: Brian Marcos Drives in Space one day, and we should honestly be so lucky! Eargerly waiting for the ninth series, this is what you need to know about Fast & Furious 9 that we’re able to got.
Hobbs & Shaw
Fast and Furious Hobbs and Shaw has been released recently on August, 9. A lot of fans also asked asked, “is it the fast and furious 9?”. The answer is “no”. Hobbs & Shaw is the first spinoff movie in the Fast & Furious franchise, with Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson and Jason Statham reprising their respective roles as Luke Hobbs and Deckard Shaw. It also co-stars The Crown’s Vanessa Kirby, and Idris Elba as a new baddie named Brixton (because this series continues to cast the hottest villains ever). Helen Mirren plays Deckard’s mother Magdalene Shaw, introduced in The Fate of the Furious, aka Fast 8.
The film is co-written by Chris Morgan, a Fast & Furious vet who has written on every installment save for the first two movies. Morgan told ComicBook.com that the filmmakers ultimately decided against packing Hobbs & Shaw with character cameos from the extended Fast & Furious universe. That almost certainly means it’s 100% Vin Diesel-free, though Morgan did say “there’s some surprises in there for you.”
“We’ve always talked about, all the world’s interconnect,” Morgan told the site. “The good news about the spinoff is that it happens in our universe, it happens in our timeline.” He also confirmed that the plot will “have repercussions down the road,” so it may directly affect Fast 9’s story.
Fast & Furious 9 Release Date
Following the statement of Hobbs and Shaw, Fast & Furious universe also confirming that Fast & Furious 9 will hit the Theaters on May 22, 2020. This date of release schedule following the previous sequels, which have seen an April or May release every two years.
Based on that biennial schedule, Fast 9 was originally slated for April 19, 2019—but they hadn’t locked down a director in time. The premiere was then moved to April 10, 2020, but Universal announced in February 2019 that the studio would be pushing it back slightly.
Who’s in the Fast & Furious 9 cast?
Nearly every surviving member of Dominic Toretto’s fictional chosen family will appear in the film, save for core founding member Brian O’Conner (due to Paul Walker’s still-completely-upsetting accidental death in 2013). And as every Fast & Furious fan knows, it IS all about family.
Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Ludacris, Tyrese Gibson, and Nathalie Emmanuel are back as Dominic, Letty, Tej, Roman, and Ramsey. In early July, the gang snapped a pic on set as they celebrated Rodriguez’s birthday.
Days later, they toasted Diesel’s birthday on set, serenading him as he took a scooter ride. The cake is amazing.
A bigger surprise is Jordana Brewster’s return as Mia Toretto, Dominic’s sister and the mother of Brian O’Conner’s children. Brewster’s character exited the franchise alongside Brian at the end of Furious 7, as a happy way to wrap up the late Walker’s storyline. What that means for Brian’s fate remains to be seen, though killing Brian off offscreen sounds too ice cold to be true.
Notably, though Helen Mirren has signed on, The Rock and Jason Statham have yet to be announced as returning—though that’s likely an effort to curb Hobbs & Shaw spoilers for those who haven’t seen it yet.
Also joining: Finn Cole of Animal Kingdom and Peaky Blinders, Anne Sawai, and (rumored, but hopefully true) Lucas Black, first introduced as the star of Tokyo Drift.
Charlize Theron is back as Cipher.
You’ll see Theron’s dreadlocked cyberterrorist, the main villain of 2017’s The Fate of the Furious, again.
John Cena joins the Fast family in an unknown role.
Dwayne Johnson and Ronda Rousey aren’t the only WWE stars in the franchise anymore, as actor-wrestler John Cena has signed on. Vin Diesel shared the news with fans in a July 8, 2019, Instagram video.
Diesel said he believes Cena will “completely shine in this movie,” before launching into musings on his favorite shooting locations (which included an ode to the Dominican Republic).
Cena’s expressed his own excitement about his casting. “For nearly 20 years, the Fast Franchise has entertained fans and created some of the biggest cinematic moments in history,” he tweeted. “It’s an incredible honor to join this franchise and this family.”
Who is Fast & Furious 9’s director?
Justin Lin is directing, and production began in June 2019. Lin’s return to the franchise is exciting, as he has previously directed Tokyo Drift, Fast & Furious, Fast Five, and Fast & Furious 6.
Where does the movie take place?
The franchise has taken its characters everywhere in the world, previously setting its high-octane stunts in places like Tokyo, Abu Dhabi, and Havana. This sequel will be no exception.
Filming kicked off on June 24, 2019, in England. In an interview with Access Hollywood, star and producer Vin Diesel suggested they’ll shoot in Africa for the first time, and unconfirmed reports say it will be shot in Thailand as well.