The Fast and the Furious (also known as Fast & Furious) is an American franchise based on a series of action films that is largely concerned with illegal street racing, heists and espionage, and includes material in various other media that depicts characters and situations from the films. Distributed by Universal Pictures, the series was established with the 2001 film titled The Fast and the Furious; this was followed by seven sequels, two short films that tie into the series, and as of May 2017, it has become Universal’s biggest franchise of all time, currently the sixth-highest-grossing film series of all time with a combined gross of over $5 billion. The ninth installment of the franchise is set to be released on April 10, 2020.
There hasn’t been any confirmation as to who is returning to the franchise, but it’s safe to assume that at least Vin Diesel (Dom), Michelle Rodriguez (Letty), Tyrese Gibson (Roman), and Chris Bridges (Tej) will be back.
Dwayne Johnson’s future is up in the air, following his rumored on-set spat with Diesel during the filming of the last movie, while his character appeared to have “retired” at the end of the film. But more on that in a moment.
There’s also the chance of returns for Jason Statham (Deckard), Helen Mirren (Magdalene), Luke Evans (Owen), Lucas Black (Sean), Nathalie Emmanuel (Ramsey), Kurt Russell (Mr Nobody) and Scott Eastwood (Eric). Charlize Theron (Cipher) isn’t sure about her future in the franchise, but it sounds like she’s up for more.
Tyrese Gibson has issued a Fast and Furious ultimatum – he won’t be in the sequel if Dwayne Johnson is.
The actor’s on-going feud with his co-star reached its peak in the video he posted to Instagram on Wednesday (1 November).
“I’m sorry to announce that if [Dwayne] is in Fast 9, there will no more Roman [Pearce],” he said, alluding to the character he’s played since 2 Fast 2 Furious in 2003.
Last month, Gibson seemed to blame Johnson for Fast 9’s release date change hinting the delay was linked to the planned spinoff involving the characters played by Johnson and Jason Statham.
Franchise veteran Michelle Rodriguez said in July 2017 that she could consider quitting if it does not give its female stars more “love”.
Charlize Theron was introduced in the eighth movie as the latest Big Bad, but Jordana Brewster (Mia) was written out following Paul Walker’s tragic death and Nathalie Emmanuel (Ramsey) was largely sidelined and didn’t get an awful lot to do.
Elsa Pataky’s character Elena Neves only existed to service Dom’s storyline (and was then killed off), while Dame Helen Mirren had a cameo as Deckard and Owen Shaw’s mother.
Rodriguez called for the franchise to do better by its female characters in the ninth movie, posting her message on Instagram.
Vin Diesel later showed his support, posting on Instagram that he was “proud” of the franchise’s saga, but added: “We must try to reach higher each time. The challenge is what makes it fun and exciting.
“Its also why this saga has reached the level that it has… you have been the best fans in film history and we are forever grateful…”
The caption accompanied a video where Rodriguez called Diesel a long-time supporter of strong women, and said her comments were not aimed at him.
There’s a chance that Dwayne Johnson’s Hobbs and Jason Statham’s Shaw won’t be returning for the ninth movie. But that’s only because they might get their own spin-off after stealing the show last time around. Plus, Vin and Dwayne can’t seem to stand each other these days.
Johnson teased “the greatest fight in the history of movies” between him Statham, with both said to be reuniting with screenwriter Chris Morgan for a spin-off while Universal works on ideas for the series’ next official sequel. However, none of this has been officially confirmed yet.
There has yet to be any official confirmation as to who will take control of the next movie. Our money is on Chris Morgan to return for his seventh movie as scriptwriter.
F Gary Gray directed 8, but he has yet to reveal whether he will return for a second instalment.