Universal Picture announces end of the Fast & Furious Main Franchise. The studio is planning to close this franchise with two final rides in the last two movies. According to Deadline, Justin Lin is the derector in these two final movies. Including the upcoming F9, Lin will have directed 7 of the 11 Fast & Furious movies.
Also expected to return are Michelle Rodriguez (Letty Ortiz), Tyrese Gibson (Roman Pearce), Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges (Tej Parker), Jordana Brewster (Mia Toretto), Nathalie Emmanuel (Megan Ramsey) and Sung Kang (Han).
Rumor that Charlize Theron will star as Cipher once again. She debuted in 2017’s The Fate of the Furious and now 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. Though he feuded quite harshly with Vin Diesel during production, he returning to star in Fast & Furious 6 and Furious 7.
Johnson 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 F6 and 2015’s Furious 7.
F9 is arriving on May 28, 2021. But the 10th and 11th films in the franchise’s release dates have been given quite yet.
Director Lin made his feature debut with the 2002 indie Better Off Tomorrow, which he followed up with 2006’s Anapolis.
He made his first foray into the Fast & Furious franchise with 2006’s Fast & Furious: Tokyo Drift, and he became a mainstay at the helm for years.
He would go on to direct 2009’s Fast & Furious, 2013’s F6 and 2015’s Furious 7, a production which was marred by the sudden death of star Paul Walker in a freak automobile crash.
The Fast & Furious movie’s first premiere on June 22, 2001 and grossed more than $200million globally.
The series is Universal’s biggest franchise and ranks as the tenth highest-grossing franchises of all time with more than $5.8billion total gross worldwide.