Universal was one of the first studios to shift gears on its biggest blockbuster last year when the pandemic hit, bumping its Fast and Furious sequel a full year down the calendar. Now that we’re into 2021, that means we’re closer than ever to finally seeing F9, and in a new interview, star/producer Vin Diesel teases the return of two major characters to the franchise, says Helen Mirren actually gets to get behind the wheel in this one, and more. Read More »
Update: The Hollywood Reporter says that F9 has moved again, this time shifting from April 2, 2021 to May 28, 2021, presumably to make some room for the newly rescheduled No Time to Die. Our original article from March 12 follows.
As fears of the coronavirus (AKA COVID-19) continue to spread, Hollywood is taking note. Several films are pushing their release dates back – but most of the pushes are only for a few weeks or months. That’s not the case for F9, though. The highly-anticipated new Fast and Furious movie just revealed it’s pushing its release date back for an entire year, from May 2020 to April 2021.
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Posted on Thursday, September 10th, 2020 by Ben Pearson
Ludacris, one of the ensemble cast members of the Fast and Furious movies, hinted earlier this summer that the upcoming ninth film would (finally) be heading to space. Now a second cast member has weighed in and confirmed that next year’s F9 is going where no Fast film has gone before. Michelle Rodriguez says it’s heading beyond Earth’s atmosphere, which should satisfy the fans who have spent years clamoring for this development.
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We’ve joked about it time and time again: what if Fast and Furious went to space? After all, the action franchise has escalated so far beyond the bounds of its gritty street racing beginnings — the latest films have basically turned them into world class superspies — so why not? Well, after eight films of NOS, bank heists, and sending cars flying out of airplanes, Fast and Furious may finally be going supersonic. Fast and Furious star Ludacris, who has starred in six of the films including the upcoming ninth installment, hints that F9 might be going to…outer space.
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In this edition of Sequel Bits:
- Kal Penn is down for Harold & Kumar 4.
- Vin Diesel says an Oscar-winner will appear in F9.
- Kevin Smith is using this time of quarantine to finish the Clerks 3 and Mallrats 2 scripts.
- Freddy vs Jason writers still want a sequel, and so do I.
- Jesse Eisenberg knows absolutely nothing about Now You See Me 3, so maybe don’t ask him about that.
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With the coronavirus (aka COVID-19) continuing to spread around the world, the film industry is bracing for whiplash: after a record-breaking year at the box office in 2019, some analysts are predicting the virus could result in at least a $5 billion loss in 2020. The virus’s impact is already well underway: 70,000 theaters have been closed in China, the James Bond film No Time to Die delayed its global release by seven months yesterday, and even Baby Yoda toy deliveries might be delayed to the United States because Hasbro’s supply chain has been affected.
But will upcoming would-be blockbusters like F9, Wonder Woman 1984, and Black Widow follow in Bond’s footsteps and move their release dates as well? Here’s what the studios currently have planned. Read More »
Update: Ben Stiller has weighed in on this report, shooting it down by saying it is “not at all true, sadly.”
Our original article continues below.
According to a new report from Page Six, actor/director Ben Stiller is joining the cast of Fast and Furious 9, aka F9.
Before we go any further, it’s important to acknowledge that Page Six is a tabloid, so we can’t take this story as seriously as we would if the news came from a more respected outlet. But that being said…Ben Stiller? Potentially appearing in a Fast and Furious movie? We can’t NOT talk about this. Crack open a Corona and let’s run down some possibilities of what this possible casting could mean. Read More »
The Fast and Furious franchise hit a couple of speed bumps over the past few years with The Fate of the Furious and the series’ first spin-off, Hobbs and Shaw, but this year, we’ll see the latest entry in the primary ongoing storyline, which is officially being referred to as The Fast Saga. That means no Dwayne Johnson or Jason Statham, but instead a renewed focus on Vin Diesel‘s Dominic Toretto and his eclectic group of racers-turned-international-spies. (God, I love these movies so much.)
And thankfully, there’s one very important #family member who’s returning after a multi-year absence: Justin Lin, who directed the third, fourth, fifth, and sixth movies in this series and was really the person who hit the NOS button on this franchise and turned these films into the globe-spanning, high-octane, over-the-top action extravaganzas they are today. And hot damn, it looks like he hasn’t missed a beat getting back in the driver’s seat. Check out the first full F9 trailer below.
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For years, Universal has used the Super Bowl to debut the newest looks at its Fast and Furious movies, delivering some memorable trailers full of jaw-dropping imagery that get fans hyped for the next installment. But before this Sunday’s game, the studio topped itself by releasing the F9 trailer in advance during a live concert event with the cast in Miami, and holy shit, this thing rules so hard. Join me below for a F9 trailer breakdown. Read More »
Universal has released a batch of character posters for the Fast and Furious #family, proving that the road to F9 is not without the occasional pothole. Check out John Cena’s hulking arms below. Read More »