Fast and Furious 9 has officially wrapped. Director Justin Lin, who’s directed four of the eight previous movies, posted a tweet in the wee hours of Monday morning confirming that production of the ninth installment in the franchise has been completed. Initially slated to open earlier this year, FF9 was pushed back to May 2020, with the spinoff movie Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw released instead. As if that wasn’t enough drama, a stuntman was injured earlier in July, temporarily halting production.
We still don’t know that much about the latest film in the seemingly neverending franchise, except that it might involve blowing up outer space, and that Oscar winners Charlize Theron and Helen Mirren will be returning to the franchise, reprising their roles as Cipher and Magdalene Shaw, respectively. Other new additions to the franchise’s cast include former WWE wrestler John Cena and most recently, Latin pop star Ozuna. While their roles have yet to be disclosed (though the “YoungSantos” hashtag Vin Diesel posted with Ozuna may be a clue), Diesel said in an Instagram video that he (Cena) is “going to completely shine in this movie.”
As you know, we have often found great talent in the music industry to cross over into film. They are expected to leave all the accolades at the door to embrace the character with integrity… and that is exactly what Ozuna has done. Very proud of your work and role in Fast 9! Pa Mi Gente! All Love, Always… #Fast92020 #YoungSantos #Ozuna #Fatherhood
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Mirren (who most recently appeared in Hobbs and Shaw), Theron, Cena and Ozuna join the franchise’s core cast of Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson and Ludacris.
Check out our review of the most recent film in the mainline Fast and the Furious franchise here and see what we thought of Hobbs and Shaw here.
Fast and Furious 9 opens on May 22, 2020.