Universal’s Long-Delayed F9 Gets Pushed Back Again to June
According to The Wrap, Universal Pictures has decided to change the release date of Justin Lin’s long-delayed ninth installment to the Fast & Furious film franchise. Originally set for a May 28, 2021 theatrical release, F9: The Fast Saga has been pushed back again for the fourth time and is now set to arrive on June 25, 2021. The new release date sees the Vin Diesel-led sequel going up against another high-profile project with Sony’s highly-anticipated Venom: Let There Be Carnage.
In addition, Universal has also delayed Illumination’s upcoming animated sequel, Minions: The Rise of Gru. Originally scheduled for a summer 2020 release, the film is now expected to be released on July 1, 2022.
In F9, 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).
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 Tbilisi. 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 a 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.