It’s one of the rare franchises that’s gotten more successful the more films it releases. When your seventh and eighth films both break $US1 billion at the box office, best believe you don’t slow down.
Fast & Furious 9 is officially filming. Vin Diesel took to Instagram with a video from the set to mark the wrap of day one. “We just completed our first day. It feels like a miracle – one hard earned,” Diesel says in the selfie video standing next to actress Michelle Rodriguez.
Rodriguez returns to the franchise after threatening to leave if the female characters didn’t improve. Bloomberg reported in May that she had secured a female writer, but there’s been no further details released on that front. The currently credited screenwriter is Daniel Casey (Kin).
“We’re so grateful to you, world, that has adopted this franchise. Can you believe it?” Diesel says to Rodriguez. “I can actually,” the actress responds.
Director Justin Lin returns at the helm after having directed Tokyo Drift, Fast & Furious, Fast Five, and Fast & Furious 6, steering the franchise from its more “grounded” street racing roots to an over-the-top action fantasy, and a box-office juggernaut.
“Feels like home,” Lin posted on Twitter, sharing a picture from the set:
— Justin Lin (@justinlin) June 25, 2019
Fast & Furious 9, which is not expected to have Dwayne Johnson (who has his spinoff on the way) but will have John Cena, is scheduled to arrive in Australia on May 21 and open in the US on May 22, 2020.