A big first trailer has arrived for Fast & Furious 9, the next installment of Universal’s money-churning franchise.
As far as first looks go, this is a surprisingly packed one. The almost four-minute trailer introduces John Cena as the franchise’s new baddie and confirms his big connection to Vin Diesel’s Dom Toretto. And since she didn’t meet her end in The Fate of the Furious, Charlize Theron’s villainous Cipher returns, again pulling many of the strings.
The regulars include Michelle Rodriguez, Chris Bridges, Tyrese Gibson, Jordana Brewster and Nathalie Emmanuel, although the return of one particular character is somewhat surprising. Aparantly there’s going to be justice in order for them, but what does that mean for Shaw since, you know, he’s one of the good guys now and has his own spinoff arm with Hobbs.
As you’d expect, the action looks utterly bonkers, complete with giant magnet-carrying planes and rope-swinging cars. I’m an unabashed fan of the Fast & Furious films and have dug the over-the-top mayhem that the series has embraced. This looks to follow suit nicely, and the fact that they’re still tying new chapters to the overall narrative as much as possible is nice – even if it’s nonsensical. Bring it.
Fast & Furious 9, the fifth F&F film from director Justin Lin (Tokyo Drift, Fast & Furious, Fast Five, Fast & Furious 6), arrives in Australia on May 21 and hits the US on May 22.
Official synopsis for Fast & Furious 9:
No matter how fast you are, no one outruns their past.
Summer 2020 is the time for F9, the ninth chapter in the saga that has endured for almost two decades and has earned more than $5 billion around the world.
Vin Diesel’s Dom Toretto is leading a quiet life off the grid with Letty and his son, little Brian, but they know that danger always lurks just over their peaceful horizon. This time, that threat will force Dom to confront the sins of his past if he’s going to save those he loves most. His crew joins together to stop a world-shattering plot led by the most skilled assassin and high-performance driver they’ve ever encountered: a man who also happens to be Dom’s forsaken brother, Jakob (John Cena, next year’s The Suicide Squad).
F9 sees the return of Justin Lin as director, who helmed the third, fourth, fifth and sixth chapters of the series when it transformed into a global blockbuster. The action hurtles around the globe—from London to Tokyo, from Central America to Edinburgh, and from a secret bunker in Azerbaijan to the teeming streets of Tblisi. Along the way, old friends will be resurrected, old foes will return, history will be rewritten, and the true meaning of family will be tested like never before.
The film stars returning cast members Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Jordana Brewster, Nathalie Emmanuel and Sung Kang, with Oscar® winner Helen Mirren and Oscar® winner Charlize Theron. F9 also features Grammy-winning superstar Cardi B as new franchise character Leysa, a woman with a connection to Dom’s past, and a cameo by Reggaeton sensation Ozuna.
F9 is produced by Neal H. Moritz, Vin Diesel, Jeff Kirschenbaum, Joe Roth, Justin Lin, Clayton Townsend and Samantha Vincent. www.thefastsaga.com