Fast & Furious 9 - In theaters May 22, 2020

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The Rock WILL return for Fast 9, calls truce with Vin Diesel

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Over the weekend, Universal Pictures‘ The Fate of the Furious set the record as the biggest opening of all time with $532 million in global box office. That kind of mula goes a long way to settling feuds like the one Dwayne Johnson reportedly had with Vin Diesel during filming of the sequel, and now TMZ is reporting that The Rock has indeed squashed his beef with Diesel and WILL return as Hobbs in Fast 9. Although the end of the film left the door open for Johnson to sit the next one out, it seems The Rock’s need for speed is just too great.

The Fate of the Furious opened bigger than all the previous Fast & Furious films. Internationally, in its first weekend, it beat the lifetime totals of The Fast and the Furious ($62.9M); 2 Fast 2 Furious ($109M); The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift ($96M) and Fast & Furious ($208M) and Fast Five ($401.3M). The Fate of the Furious marked the second-highest domestic opening in the series’ 16-year history, spanning eight titles, behind only 2015’s Furious 7, which earned $147.2 million its first weekend.

There are still four more territories for Fate to open in: Serbia & Montenegro on April 20; Poland on April 21; Romania on April 21 and Japan on April 28.

The F. Gary Gray-directed The Fate of the Furious stars Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Jason Statham, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Nathalie Emmanuel, Elsa Pataky, Kurt Russell, Scott Eastwood, Charlize Theron and Helen Mirren. It has been referred to as the first part of a new, concluding trilogy for the long-running series.
 

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Have to admit looking forward to this. Have enjoyed them all and it's nice to see a fun franchise going strong and not die after the 3rd film.
 

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Michelle Rodriguez Agrees to Return for ‘Fast & Furious 9’ After Adding Female Writer

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Michelle Rodriguez doesn’t take any ****, and she has used her clout to put her stamp on the future of the Fast & Furious franchise. In June 2017, we reported that Rodriguez was considering an exit from the franchise if the female characters didn’t get a larger role. It’s not an unfair criticism! While Rodriguez’ Letty has been a good character and there have been other assorted good female roles, they typically take a backseat to the men of the series, which is a little ridiculous after nine films.

Thankfully, Rodriguez leveraged her participation into getting a female writer on board for Fast & Furious 9. Bloomberg reports that Rodriguez secured a female writer to join the production, although there’s no word yet on who that writer might be. Per Bloomberg:
“I felt like there was not enough of a female voice in the franchise,” Rodriguez said on Thursday at the Bloomberg Future of Equality Summit in London. “You should evolve with the times, not just pander to certain demographics that are stuck” in the past.


She’s absolutely right. The Fast & Furious franchise doesn’t appeal solely to men, and one of the hallmarks of the series has been its willingness to change. This was a series that started out about low-level crooks who steal DVD players and now it’s basically Universal Pictures’ superhero franchise. So if it’s going to be a key part of the studio’s strategy moving forward, and there are going to be female characters, shouldn’t there be a woman providing a voice behind the scenes? It’s not enough to simply have Tough ChicksTM. They should be fully formed characters, or at least have the same level of pathos that their male co-stars get.

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John Cena Officially Joins ‘Fast & Furious 9’

Vin Diesel teased about John Cena’s casting in the ninth installment of Fast & Furious back in April on Instagram, and Universal officially confirmed today that the Blockers actor is a lock.

Cena’s character is under wraps, the only word coming to us is that he plays ‘a badass’. Dwayne Johnson, we hear, will not be in Fast & Furious 9.

Dan Casey is writing the screenplay from a story by Justin Lin. Production starts later this month for a May 22, 2020 release.

Diesel is producing through his One Race Films and Lin for Perfect Storm Entertainment.

Cena is repped by ICM.

via Deadline
 
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