The Fast and Furious franchise got a serious nitrous injection with the addition of Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson as Luke Hobbs in 2011’s Fast Five.
However, following a reported feud between Johnson and Vin Diesel that’s said to have broken out on the set of 2017’s The Fate of the Furious, a spin-off launched with 2019’s Hobbs & Shaw, leaving the main series sans Rock.
Can anyone fill Johnson’s rather large boots? And where will the F&F films go now? Here’s everything we know about Fast and Furious 9 so far.
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 play play, but she says she thinks its gonna be the best Fast and Furious yet…
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.
Joining the fast car frenzy this time around will be Michael Rooker (Guardians of the Galaxy, The Walking Dead) as a character named Buddy, with wrestler-turned-actor John Cena and Peaky Blinders actor Finn Cole playing undisclosed roles, alongside Anna Sawai and Vinnie Bennett.
Vin Diesel has enthused about 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.
Currently, neither Johnson nor Jason Statham – the latter playing Deckard Shaw in the last two F&F movies – are expected to return.
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.
What is the 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 pushed back another 11 months and is expected to be released in cinemas in April 2021.
The first trailer for Fast & Furious was a hefty one, weighing in at just under four minutes long.
What is the Fast and Furious 9 age rating?
The movie is still shooting, so an official age rating is a way off, but the previous films have all been rated PG-13 in the US and 12A in the UK and there’s no reason to expect that to change. These films are bona-fide box office behemoths, with Furious 7 grossing over $1.5 billion and becoming the eighth highest-grossing film of all time, so Universal will want to ensure the potential audience for Fast and Furious 9 is as large as possible.