In a video released on Vin Diesel's Instagram, the Fast Family is getting a new addition in the muscular form of Wrestler turned actor John Cena. There are currently no details on who Cena will be playing in the sequel, but his smartly dressed attire suggests a government agent of some kind. That said, the video might have been made during a day of meetings for Cena, or a wedding.
Much like fellow Wrestler turned Hollywood giant, Dwayne Johnson, Cena has been solidly chipping away with comedies like Daddy's Home 2, Trainwreck, and last year's surprisingly good Blockers. He's also shown promise in blockbusters with a supporting role in Transformers spin-off Bumblebee, which if you didn't love you might need to check you're not a White Walker.
So far, all we know about the reportedly penultimate entry in the main Fast franchise is that Justin Lin is returning to direct after sitting the last two entries out to work on other projects. Lin joined the Fast universe for Tokoyo Drift, and then help transition the franchise into the globe-trotting stunts riddled gravity-defying action extravaganza we know today. Directing four further sequels, Lin has been a massive part of the success, and I can't wait to see what he comes up with for his long-awaited return.
On a slightly sadder note, Fast and Furious 9 won't feature Dwayne Johnson's Luke Hobbs or Jason Statham's Shaw as they've gone and spun their bromance off into their own franchise. The imaginatively titled Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw sees the two frenemies team-up to take down a superpowered criminal named Brixton (Idris Elba). The bombastic trailer showcases a tone of action scenes that Fast fans will appreciate and palpable chemistry between the two leading men. I'm glad the spin-off is keeping things grounded in reality.
Fast & Furious 9 is due to start production this June for a summer 2020 release. Meanwhile, Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw arrives in cinemas on August 2.