It’s official – after driving, crashing or blowing up just about every type of vehicle on Earth, there’s only one place left to go: the Fast and Furious series is going to space.
It’s one of the many revelations from the explosive new trailer, which also teased the return of Sung Kang as fan-favourite Han as well as the mandatory action involving magnets, muscles and even Dame Helen Mirren taking Vin Diesel for a spin.
It’s been a while since we’ve had Dom Toretto and his fast family in cinemas, but they’re certainly back with a bang – here’s everything we know about Fast and Furious 9.
Fast and Furious 9 release date
The film was originally set for a US release of 19th April 2019, but was pushed back almost a year to April 10 2020, following the announcement of Hobbs & Shaw.
Following the worldwide coronavirus pandemic, the film was then pushed back another 11 months and was slated to be released in cinemas on 28th May 2021.
In March 2021 Fast and Furious 9 got one last slight delay, with the film now set to hit UK cinemas on 25th June 2021.
Filming began on 24th June 2019 at Leavesden Studios in Hertfordshire, England as well as in Los Angeles, London (including chase scenes near Buckingham Palace), Thailand, Georgia and finally Edinburgh (where shooting’s caused more than a little disruption).
Fast and Furious 9 cast
The following cast members will return from previous films in the franchise. Salut, mi familia!
- Vin Diesel as Dominic Toretto
- Michelle Rodriguez as Letty Ortiz
- Tyrese Gibson as Roman Pierce
- Chris “Ludacris” Bridges as Tej Parker
- Sung Kang as Han Lue
- Nathalie Emmanuel as Ramsey
- Helen Mirren as Magdalene Shaw
- Charlize Theron as Cipher
Jordana Brewster will also be reprising her role as Mia Toretto, her first appearance in a Fast and Furious movie since 2015’s Furious 7 – Mia retired alongside her partner Brian, a story move necessitated by the death during filming of actor Paul Walker.
It remains to be seen how Mia will rejoin the crew and to what extent the character of Brian, an F&F mainstay and fan favourite prior to Walker’s passing, will be referenced.
Walker’s brother Cody previously served as a stand-in for his late sibling during filming of Furious 7, with CGI face-mapping being used to complete Paul’s unfinished scenes.
Cody recently visited the Fast & Furious 9 set, leading some to speculate that he could again be standing in as Brian for a brief sequence, but there has been no official confirmation of this.
Vin Diesel has enthused about wrestler-turned-actor John Cena joining the franchise in particular, saying the WWE star is “killing his character“. “He’s gonna blow you away when you see him in Fast,” he added.
The trailers later revealed – slight spoiler alert here – that Cena will be playing none other than Jakob Toretto, Dom and Mia’s secret assassin brother.
That wasn’t the only shock, however – the trailers also teased the return of fan-favourite street racer and keen snacker Han, played by Sung Kang, who was seemingly killed off all the way back in threequel Tokyo Drift.
According to Vin Diesel, Han’s return was all about building on the theme of brotherhood, both those bonded by blood and those brothers by choice.
“We have this very interesting and fascinating and mysterious character in Jakob, who is a blood brother. From a story point, there’s a significance in the brotherhood of Dom and Han. if you go back to Los Bandoleros and Tokyo Drift, there was no brotherhood between Dom and Brian. Brian was a cop, Dom was an outlaw,” Diesel said.
“There was a brotherhood between Han and Dom, they were outlaws in Mexico, they were brothers. So in creating this whole mythology, the presence of Jakob was beautifully balanced by the return of Han, the return of a brother.”
Joining the fast car frenzy also this time around will be Michael Rooker (Guardians of the Galaxy, The Walking Dead) as a character named Buddy, with Peaky Blinders actor Finn Cole playing an undisclosed role, alongside Anna Sawai and Vinnie Bennett.
Fast and Furious 9 will also see an unexpected Tokyo Drift reunion, with Lucas Black, Bow Wow and Jason Tobin all set to reprise their roles of Sean Boswell, Twinkie and Earl Hu respectively.
MMA Fighter Francis Ngannou has also joined the cast in a mysterious role, while Reggaeton singer Ozuna has been confirmed to be making a cameo.
Currently, neither Johnson nor Jason Statham – the latter playing Deckard Shaw in the last two F&F movies – are expected to return.
The most surprising casting news is that Cardi B is joining the cast. The news was announced via Vin Diesel’s Instagram. It is as yet unclear who she plays, but she says she thinks its gonna be the best Fast and Furious yet…
No word yet on Kurt Russell as Mr. Nobody (the enigmatic intelligence operative who worked with Dom’s team in the last two movies) or Scott Eastwood as ‘Little Nobody’ (another law enforcement agent who debuted in the eighth film in the series).
Luke Evans was noticeably absent from Hobbs & Shaw as Deckard’s younger brother Owen – could he reappear here, having previously featured in the sixth and eighth entries?
Daniel Casey will write the screenplay for Fast & Furious 9, with Chris Morgan – who’s written every F&F movie since 2006’s Tokyo Drift – having left to work on Hobbs & Shaw.
Fast and Furious 9 trailer
The latest and most epic F9 trailer yet dropped on 14th April 2021, promising outrageous stunts, Vin Diesel vs. John Cena, the epic return of Han – a character previously thought to be dead – and the return of characters from franchise threequel Tokyo Drift.
In February 2021 a short new trailer was released teasing the return of the ‘Fast Family’.
Earlier there had been two previous trailers, one of which had been released in February 2021 – before the release date had been changed.
And the first trailer for Fast & Furious was a hefty one, weighing in at just under four minutes long – check it out below.
One notable shot in the trailers sees a car magnetically pulled through an entire shop and into a truck – and while a lot of Fast and Furious scenes may use CGI, director Justin Lin shared a look at how much effort went into getting this four-second shot practically.
What will happen in Fast and Furious 9?
The official synopsis for the film reads: “After the events of The Fate of the Furious (2017), Dominic Toretto and his family must face Dominic’s younger brother Jakob, a deadly assassin, who is working with their old enemy Cipher, and who holds a personal vendetta against Dominic.”
There were many rumours that the new film will see the team head to space, and when asked about these reports, Vin Diesel was non-committal – but he certainly didn’t rule out the possibility of an outer space adventure.
“No spoilers over here,” he told Entertainment Weekly. “I will say that Justin is one of those think-outside-of-the-box directors. I’d put nothing past him and he will thoroughly play with whatever is plausible to incorporate into the story.”
The second trailer saw Roman and Tej flying into the atmosphere in what looked like very DIY spacesuits – pretty much confirming that Dom’s crew will soon be going fast in the final frontier…
Despite being a series that plays and loose with the laws of physics, director Justin Lin revealed he spoke with scientists about the space sequence to ensure it was more than just a gimmick.
“I’m on the phone with scientists, learning about fuel and physics,” Lin told The Hollywood Reporter. “It was great, having the scientists on the other line going, ‘Wait, what? What are you trying to do?’ I love it.”