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F9
F9 poster.jpg
Teaser poster featuring its original release window
Directed byJustin Lin
Produced by
Written byDaniel Casey
Based onCharacters
by Gary Scott Thompson
Starring
CinematographyStephen F. Windon[1]
Production
company
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • May 28, 2021 (2021-05-28) (United States)
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

F9 (alternatively known as Fast & Furious 9) is an upcoming American action film directed by Justin Lin and written by Daniel Casey. It is the sequel to The Fate of the Furious (2017), the ninth main installment, and the tenth full-length film released overall in the Fast & Furious franchise. The first film in the series since Fast & Furious 6 (2013) to be directed by Lin, and the first since 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003) not to be written by Chris Morgan, the film will star Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, John Cena, Jordana Brewster, Nathalie Emmanuel, Sung Kang, Helen Mirren, and Charlize Theron.

F9 is scheduled to be released in the United States on May 28, 2021. Its release was delayed twice from an initial May 2020 date due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Premise

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.

Cast

Additionally, Lucas Black reprises his role as Sean Boswell from previous films,[7] while Bow Wow and Jason Tobin also reprise their roles as Twinkie and Earl Hu from The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006), respectively. Cardi B portrays Leysa, a woman who shares a history with Dom. Anna Sawai portrays Elle while Michael Rooker was cast as Buddy. Additionally, Finn Cole, Vinnie Bennett, Ozuna, and Francis Ngannou have been cast in undisclosed roles.

Production

Development and casting

On November 13, 2014, Universal Pictures chairwoman Donna Langley told The Hollywood Reporter that there would be at least three more films in the franchise after Furious 7 (2015).[8] In February 2016, Vin Diesel announced initial release dates for the ninth and tenth films, with the ninth film initially set to be released on April 19, 2019.[9] After the spin-off Hobbs & Shaw (2019) was announced, the release date for the ninth film was pushed back to April 10, 2020.[10] The announcement of the spin-off provoked a response on Instagram by Tyrese Gibson, criticizing Dwayne Johnson and Seven Bucks Productions co-creator Hiram Garcia (who served as producers for the spin-off) for causing the ninth film to be delayed for another year.[11]

In April 2017, Diesel and Dwayne Johnson confirmed their returns.[12] On October 25, 2017, Diesel revealed in a Facebook live video that Justin Lin, who directed from The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift through Fast & Furious 6, and actress Jordana Brewster, who portrayed Mia Toretto in five of the franchise's films, would be returning for the ninth and tenth films.[13][14] On April 4, 2018, Johnson stated that he was unsure if he was returning for the ninth film due to working on the spin-off,[15] and he confirmed in January 2019 that he would not be appearing in the film.[16]

In May 2018, Daniel Casey was hired to write the screenplay after Morgan left due to his work on the Hobbs and Shaw spin-off film.[17] Michelle Rodriguez was also confirmed to reprise her role.[18] In February 2019, Universal Pictures announced that it was delaying the film by six weeks which would shift the release date from April 2020 to May 2020. It was reported that the delay was so that the film would not compete with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's No Time to Die (2021), which was given a release date of April 8, 2020.[19]

In June 2019, John Cena was officially cast in the film, after an initial announcement from Diesel in April.[20] In July 2019, Finn Cole, Anna Sawai, and Vinnie Bennett joined the cast of the film.[21] That same month, it was announced Helen Mirren and Charlize Theron would reprise their roles.[5][6] Michael Rooker and MMA Fighter Francis Ngannou[22] were added to the cast in August.[23] In October 2019, Ozuna and Cardi B joined the cast of the film.[24][25]

Filming

Principal photography began on June 24, 2019, at Leavesden Studios in Hertfordshire, England.[26] Filming took place in Los Angeles, Edinburgh,[27][28] and London,[29] and also took place in Thailand for the first time, with Krabi, Ko Pha-ngan, and Phuket used as locations.[30] Part of the film was also shot in Tbilisi, Georgia.[31][32] Filming wrapped on November 11, 2019.[33]

In July 2019, stuntman Joe Watts, who doubled for Diesel, sustained a serious head injury during filming at Leavesden Studios.[34][35] In September 2020, Michelle Rodriguez confirmed the film would be set in the outer space as well, which was teased by Diesel.[36]

Music

F9's official soundtrack will be released concurrently with the film. In the lead up to the soundtrack, a mixtape titled Road to F9 was released on July 31, 2020, and features music inspired by the film. The mixtape was preceded by the lead single "One Shot" by YoungBoy Never Broke Again and Lil Baby.[37]

Release

F9 was originally scheduled to be theatrically released in the United States on May 22, 2020 by Universal Pictures, but on March 12, the film was pushed back 10 months to April 2, 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[38] On October 2, 2020, the film moved to May 28, 2021, after No Time to Die was moved to its release slot.[39]

Marketing

The first official trailer for the film was released on January 31, 2020.[40]

Future

F9 will be followed by a tenth installment, set for release for April 2, 2022.[41]

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