Fast And Furious 9’s theatrical release has been delayed again because of the Covid-19 crisis.
The film was originally set to be released in May last year but had been pushed back by eleven months to April 2, 2021 before being delayed again to May 28, and the release date has once again been altered.
Vin Diesel, 53, took to Instagram on Thursday to confirm F9 will now be coming out on June 25, by sharing a short clip of a car speeding away from an explosion with the new date written over it.
Worth the wait: Fast And Furious 9 has been delayed again amid the Covid-19 crisis as star Vin Diesel confirmed the film’s new release date with fans on Thursday
The actor, who portrays Dominic Toretto in the film, shared his delight at the news, as he wrote in the caption: ‘Finally!!! Blessed and grateful.’
Vin’s co-star Ludacris, who plays Tej Parker, commented on the actor’s post by saying: ‘‘We Just Gettin Started (sic).’
The film, which is directed by Justin Lin, is the sequel to The Fate of the Furious (2017), he previously directed three other films in the franchise: Fast & Furious (2009), Fast Five (2011) and Fast & Furious 6 (2013).
Cahnges: The film was originally set to be released in May last year but had been pushed backto April 2, 2021 before being delayed again to May 28, and it will now come out June 25
Exciting: Vin took to Instagram to confirm F9 will now be coming out on June 25, by sharing a short clip of a car speeding away from an explosion with the new date written over it
Diesel has traded in his life as an outlaw for parenthood in the new teaser for Fast & Furious 9 that was released during the Super Bowl earlier this year.
Seemingly immersed in a more slower and safer lifestyle, Dom and wife Letty Ortiz (Michelle Rodriguez) are captured in a conversation about ‘missing the old life’.
After Dom admits that he misses the old life ‘everyday’, the action and fast editing go into overdrive and take viewers on a wild trip full of high-speed chases and spectacular, fiery crashes.
Most of the action showcases Dom and Letty, behind-the-wheel, tearing it up on the streets, as they face off with Dominic’s younger brother Jakob, a deadly assassin.
Happy: The actor shared his delight at the news, as he wrote in the caption ‘Finally!!! Blessed and grateful’, and co-star Ludacris responded ‘We Juse Gettin Started’
It was revealed in October last year that Universal Pictures is planning two final rides for its lucrative Fast & Furious franchise, with director Lin coming back to the helm, according to Deadline.
When all is said and done, Lin will have directed seven of the 11 Fast & Furious movies, including the upcoming F9.
Diesel will return to star as Dominic Toretto, while also producing through his One Race Films production company.
Also expected to return are Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson (Roman Pearce), Ludacris, Jordana Brewster (Mia Toretto), Nathalie Emmanuel (Megan Ramsey) and Sung Kang (Han).
End of the road: The film, which is directed by Justin Lin, is the sequel to The Fate of the Furious (2017), and Universal confirmed last year that they have plans for two final movies to be made
Charlize Theron is rumoured to portray her character Cipher once again, who debuted in 2017’s The Fate of the Furious and returns in F9.
It’s also possible that F9 new cast members John Cena, Helen Mirren, Cardi B and Reggaeton singer Ozuna could come back for the final two installments.
Perhaps the biggest question mark, though, is if Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson will return to the franchise for the last two films.
Johnson debuted in the franchise in Fast Five, returning to star in Fast & Furious 6 and Furious 7, though he feuded quite harshly with Vin Diesel during production.
In safe hands: Director Lin coming back to the helm for both flicks, and when all is said and done he will have directed seven of the 11 Fast & Furious movies, including the upcoming F9
He ultimately left the flagship franchise to star alongside Jason Statham in the spin-off Fast & Furious: Hobbs and Shaw.
There is also the possibility of bringing back several other stars who appeared in earlier films such as Gal Gadot, who made her feature film debut in 2009 as Gisele, and returned in 2011’s Fast Five, 2013’s Fast & Furious 6 and 2015’s Furious 7.
No release dates for the 10th and 11th films in the franchise have been given quite yet.
Rock return?: Perhaps the biggest question mark, though, is if Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson will return to the franchise for the last two films after he left the flagship franchise