Production on Fast & Furious 9 is in full swing with franchise star Vin Diesel celebrating the first day of filming with a new video. The ninth main entry in the long-running auto-centric film series, a majority of the main cast are reprising their roles including Diesel as Dominic Toretto. Michelle Rodriguez also returns as Letty Ortiz, as well as Nathalie Emmanuel as hacktivist Ramsey introduced in Furious 7, who was the first person from the cast to reveal that shooting has begun for the project.
Director Justin Lin returns behind the camera after exiting the franchise via Fast & Furious 6 (2013). This was after helming four movies in the series including The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006); Fast & Furious (2009); and Fast Five (2011). Specific plot details are being kept under wraps, but franchise newcomer Daniel Casey is set to write the script. With a release date of May 2020, work on Fast & Furious 9 is finally underway and it seems like Diesel is nothing but thrilled to be back on set.
Shared on his official Instagram account is a new video of Diesel with Rodriguez announcing their return to the famed franchise and celebrating the wrap up of the first day of production for Fast & Furious 9. In the short clip, both actors revel on the fact that this will be the ninth installment in the film series that started way back in 2001. Diesel even said that “it feels like a miracle” had come this far and then proceeded in thanking everyone who made this happen. Check out the clip below:
Aside from Diesel, Rodriguez, and Emmanuel, there’s no trace of Tyrese Gibson as Roman Pearce, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges as Tej Parker, and Jordana Brewster (who commented heart emojis in the said video) as Dom’s sister Mia thus far. Although in her social media post, Emmanuel implied that the three are also back on set for Fast & Furious 9. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s Luke Hobbs, however, won’t be in the upcoming blockbuster as he’s off to star opposite Jason Statham in Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw – the first spinoff from the film series. Aside from having a side-project, it’s also no secret that Johnson had some creative differences with Diesel, and was even in a social media argument with Gibson. Given this, it’s safe to say that Dom and Hobb’s paths won’t be crossing over potentially ever.
With filming officially underway for Fast & Furious 9, fans can expect more updates from the set of the film from cast members. Diesel has been active on social media, so it’s safe to say that he’ll lead the pack with regard to this. It’s also a great way to warm up the public on the idea that another installment from the main saga is coming out next year, although it’ll be interesting how Universal will handle the marketing for the main saga and the upcoming spinoff movie. Regardless of whether or not the movies are narratively linked with each other, just as long as they are both good films, then the fans will be happy.