'Fast & Furious 9': Release date, cast, director and everything you need to know about the franchise's upcoming installment

The Vin Diesel-led franchise has made it a point to have every movie go further than the last and this time around, John Cena is also joining the ensemble cast.


                            'Fast & Furious 9': Release date, cast, director and everything you need to know about the franchise's upcoming installment

The ‘Fast & Furious’ franchise will be releasing a ninth installment, the as-yet-untitled ‘Fast & Furious 9’. The Vin Diesel-led franchise has constantly upped the stakes with every movie and the ninth one is no different. This time, ‘Fast & Furious’ might be going where no auto-action movie has gone before.

Here’s everything you need to know about the upcoming movie:

Release Date

The ninth film in the franchise was originally set to drop April 2019 but it was delayed; first to April 10, 2020, and then finally May 22, 2020. Pre-production on the ninth movie started in February 2019 in London. Filming began on June 24, as revealed by Diesel with an on-set video.

Plot

There are no confirmed details available yet but the way the franchise has gone so far has gotten fans speculating that the ninth movie may take Dom to space. As ridiculous as that sounds, 'Fast & Furious 8' director F Gary Gray didn’t rule it out as a possibility.

"Outer space? Listen, I wouldn't rule anything out with this franchise," he told ScreenRant. "When I read 'submarine' [in Fast & Furious 8], I'm like, 'OK, anything's possible'. You never know. I haven't read 'Dom on Mars' yet, but again, you just never know."

We’ll be sure to let you know more details as they are revealed.

Cast

John Cena

John Cena attends Paramount Pictures' Beijing press conference for 'Bumblebee' on December 14, 2018 in Beijing, China. (Getty Images)

The former WWE Champion has confirmed that he will be playing a "badass" character in the ninth movie. Cena’s introduction has been teased before by Diesel. Details are scarce about what character he will play but ‘F&F’ fans are going to be excited to see the star share the screen with Dom and the crew.

While the full cast is yet to be announced, Vin Diesel (Dom) and Chris 'Ludacris' Bridges (Tej) will probably be back, along with Tyrese Gibson (Roman), Luke Evans (Owen Shaw), Lucas Black (Sean), Nathalie Emmanuel (Ramsey), Kurt Russell (Mr Nobody) and Scott Eastwood (Eric). Jordana Brewster has been confirmed to return as Dom's sister Mia even though she sat out the last movie. Helen Mirren (Magdalene Shaw), Michelle Rodriguez (Letty) and Charlize Theron (Cipher) have also been confirmed for the ninth movie.

Dwayne Johnson will probably not reprise his role after his feud with Diesel. Though he might be off the main films, Johnson is set to appear in the spin-off movie 'Hobbs & Shaw' along with Jason Statham.

After threatening to quit the franchise if it does not do better by its female characters in July 2017, Michelle Rodriguez confirmed her return on May 16 after ensuring it hired a female writer.

Finn Cole, Vinnie Bennett and Anna Sawai have recently joined the cast of the ninth edition of Fast & Furious saga. The details of their role have not been released yet.

Director

Justin Lin

Director Justin Lin visits Build to discuss TV show "Warrior" at the Build Studio on March 26, 2019 in New York City. (Getty Images)

The director of the franchise's third, fourth, fifth and sixth installments is back at the wheel for the ninth movie. Lin’s return suggests that the franchise might get back to its roots, solving some of the problems that fans have had with the last movie. Besides the ‘Fast & Furious’ franchise, the Taiwanese-American director is best known for his work on 'Better Luck Tomorrow' and 'Star Trek Beyond'.

Trailer

With the movie currently in filming, we don’t yet have a trailer. Watch this space to find out when it drops.

If you’re excited about this movie, you’ll also love these:

‘The Fast & The Furious’

‘2 Fast 2 Furious’

‘Fate of the Furious’

‘Need for Speed’

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