The movie is tentatively scheduled to be released a year later

A day after Dwayne Johnson announced the start of production of Hobbs and Shaw comes another announcement related to the Fast and Furious movie franchise: Fast and Furious 9 will start production on April 20, 2019. Not much is known about the movie’s plot, but it is tentatively scheduled to hit theaters a year later in the spring of 2020.

Fan-Made Poster Of Fast And Furious 9 Throws The Whole Franchise Upside Down
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The next few installments of the Fast and Furious movie franchise are now taking shape. Fast 9, or whatever it ends up getting called, was initially scheduled to start production this year ahead of a 2019 release. But with the main movie franchise on its last legs — there are only two movies left, including Fast 9 — Universal Studios called an audible last year, green-lighting a spin-off starring Johnson and Jason Statham. The spin-off, tentatively titled, Hobbs and Shaw, got the spot that was earlier reserved for Fast 9, bumping the ninth installment of the main F&F movie franchise to a 2020 release.

This early, there are still a lot of questions about Fast 9.

The movie will be written by Daniel Casey, who’s making his debut on the franchise.

It’s also unclear if the main franchise story is tied into the Hobbs and Shaw spin-off. We know that the latter is part of the overarching Fast and Furious universe, but to what extent is still a mystery at this point.

While there are still a lot of unanswered questions, a number of familiar faces will also return for the movie. The whole cast, led by Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, and Tyrese Gibson are slated to return. Jordan Brewster, who plays the Mia Toretto in the franchise, is also expected to come back after being absent from the last movie, The Fate of the Furious.

More importantly, the movie will be directed by another franchise alum, Justin Lin. The Taiwanese-American director has directed four of the franchise’s movies, specifically, Tokyo Drift, The Fast and Furious, Fast 5, and Fast and Furious 6. He stepped away from the franchise after the sixth movie to work on other projects, including directing Star Trek: Beyond to go with a number of TV shows.

As for Johnson, no announcement has been made on whether he and Statham are involved in the movie.

It stands to reason that since both are having their own spin-off, they’ll probably be on the sidelines, or at least have smaller roles in Fast 9. Johnson’s 2019 schedule already lends to that possibility. Not only is he starring in Jumanji 3, he’s also scheduled to shoot the action-thriller Red Notice and DC’s Black Adam. The man has a lot on his plate.

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Source: Screenrant

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