You gotta give F9 and Universal Pictures credit: unlike films such as Tenet, No Time To Die, Black Widow, Wonder Woman 1984, and so and so forth, F9 didn’t pretend like a 2020 theatrical release date was feasible, and when it became clear that the coronavirus would be entirely upending the world for the next year, immediately moved their release date to 2021. As a result, they didn’t spend millions in embarrassing, mistimed marketing, and are instead poised to launch the Summer blockbuster movie season on June 25.
And, man, if there’s one active movie franchise that knows a thing or two about making a Summer blockbuster action flick, it’s the consistently insane Fast and Furious franchise, which has been around for TWO DECADES NOW, as The Fast and the Furious first hit theaters back in 2001. There is, however, an end in sight, as it’s been confirmed that the franchise will wrap up after Fast 11 (or whatever combination of “Fast”, “Furious”, and numbers they decide to use).
Justin Lin, who’s directed four films in the franchise — The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, Fast & Furious, Fast Five, Fast & Furious 6 — returns to helm F9, with Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, John Cena, Jordana Brewster, Nathalie Emmanuel, Sung Kang, Helen Mirren, and Charlize Theron set to star.
Cena, who will be making his debut in the franchise, will be starring as Jakob Toretto, a “master thief, assassin, and a high-performance driver” that is the brother of Diesel’s franchise-leading Dom Torrerto. Honestly, just inject that entire sentence directly into my veins.
F9 will hit theaters in the United States on Friday, June 25.