There are long-running movie franchises that keep on going year after year with a new sequel installment, or a reboot that gets its own sequel installments. And then there is Universal’s “Fast & Furious,” a rather quirky action franchise that started out as an undercover cop film with high-performance racing involved and evolved into an adventure spectacle using high-performance racing to fight crime and terrorism, sort of. The original 2001 movie was followed by multiple direct sequels and a spinoff and the most recent, “Fate of the Furious” (2017) introduced a recurring threat to the main characters. Said baddie returns in the upcoming “Fast” movie, with some major unexpected help.
Entertainment Weekly tells us that Universal Pictures has finally revealed their first full trailer for “F9: The Fast Saga,” the ninth mainline movie of the near-two-decades-old “Fast & Furious” series. It came out last Friday, January 31, following a short tease earlier in the previous week. Fans of the franchise are sure to be curious as to how the film will tackle the antagonist from “Fate of the Furious” three years ago. The initial trailer shows exactly what Cypher (Charlize Theron) has got planned now against Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel).
After her plan to ignite a world-destroying nuclear war by manipulating carjacking mastermind and reluctant government mercenary Dom fails, Cipher decides to engage another cats-paw, one with a significant grudge against Dom. The now-retired Dom and the rest Toretto family and crew now find themselves the target of Jakob (John Cena), a thief, hired assassin and high-performance driver, who is revealed to be a younger brother to both Dom and his sister Mia. With Cypher egging on Jakob’s obsession with getting one up on his brother, the stage is set for another epic encounter beyond the purview of a street-racing/car theft crew. And yes, there will be high-performance racing involved.
Aside from new cast addition Cena and returning regulars Vin Diesel and Tharlize Theron, “9” also stars Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris Bridges and Helen Mirren. Other additions are Cardi B, Michael Rooker and Ozuna. But the big buzz is the return of primary stars from “Fast & Furious 3: Tokyo Drift” (2006), with Lucas Black, Jason Tobin…and Sung Kang, who surprisingly returns as Han following his death in that film (which takes place story-wise after 2013’s “Fast 6”). How he survived will most likely be answered in the film.
“F9: The Fast Saga” is directed by now-five-time franchise director Justin Lin, who also produces with Diesel, and with a script from Daniel Casey. The movie premieres this May 22.
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