Here's everything we know about Fast & Furious 9 so far. The Fast & Furious franchise will expand this summer with its first-ever spinoff film, Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw. That movie will follow Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham's characters Luke Hobbs and Deckard Shaw on their own standalone adventure, before the mainline series continues next year.
In the years since the original Fast and the Furious hit theaters in 2001, the property has grown by leaps and bounds in terms of box office gross, scope, and even critical reception. The franchise has also managed to attract quite the assortment of actors in that time, ranging from big-name action stars like Johnson and Statham to popular character actors (Luke Evans), actors who have since become super-stars (Gal Gadot), and even Oscar-winners in the forms of Helen Mirren and Charlize Theron. At its core, however, the series is still the story of ex-convict street racer Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and his extended family. That hasn't changed since Fast and the Furious costar Paul Walker's tragic death during production on Furious 7, either.
Since Universal decided to bump Fast & Furious 9 back to 2020 and give its original 2019 release date to Hobbs & Shaw, there's an extra year to go until the franchise's mainline narrative picks up from where 2017's The Fate of the Furious left things. As such, there's still a lot that we don't know about the film when it comes to plot and (in some cases) even casting details. With that in mind, here's everything we do know about the movie right now.
Fast & Furious 9 Releases In May 2020
Fans will have to wait a little longer than originally expected for Fast & Furious 9 to hit theaters next year. Universal moved the film to April 10, 2020 after delaying it for Hobbs & Shaw, but only recently pushed it back six weeks to May 22. Thankfully, by the look of things, the movie's latest delay was purely a business decision. Fast & Furious 9's old April date has now been given to Bond 25, which is getting a rewrite and needs additional time for development. Since Universal is distributing 007's next adventure, they shifted the ninth Fast & Furious movie away to avoid pitting its tentpoles against one another.
The Rock Won't Be Back For Fast & Furious 9
Dwayne Johnson has already confirmed he won't reprise Luke Hobbs for Fast & Furious 9. The news isn't surprising, seeing as The Rock and Diesel infamously butted heads during production on The Fate of the Furious and didn't even film any of their scenes together. Johnson has also expressed an interest in continuing to expand his section of the franchise with a Hobbs & Shaw sequel, assuming the spinoff is successful enough to warrant a followup (which it almost certainly will be). Fate of the Furious struggled to balance the screen time between Johnson and Diesel's characters anyway, so it's probably for the best that they're working separately for now.
There Isn't A Fast & Furious 9 Trailer Yet
Fast & Furious 9 hasn't even started shooting yet, so we're still a ways off from a trailer being released. Diesel is known for keeping his fans in the loop when his movies are in production and will probably release a first-look image online when filming begins. However, an actual trailer probably won't be arriving until the end of this year and almost certainly won't be attached to Hobbs & Shaw this August. With movies like Star Wars: Episode IX and Jumanji 3 hitting theaters in December, that's likely when the Fast & Furious 9 teaser will drop online.
Hobbs & Shaw Isn't Fast & Furious 9
Understandably, some fans are probably under the impression that Hobbs & Shaw has replaced Fast & Furious 9 in a more literal sense, as opposed to simply taking its old release date. It doesn't help that longtime Fast & Furious costar Tyrese Gibson publicly criticized Johnson for making the spinoff and, for those who didn't follow the story closely, seemed to indicate that Fast & Furious 9 had been outright cancelled because of Hobbs & Shaw. That's not the case and Daniel Casey (Kin) is currently in the process of writing the next Fast & Furious sequel, with Justin Lin returning to direct after sitting out the last two installments.
Fast 10 Will Be The Last Film (In The Main Series)
The current plan is to end the main Fast & Furious movies with Fast & Furious 10 in 2021 (or whenever the film ultimately reaches theaters). There was once talk of Fast & Furious 9 and 10 being filmed back to back, but that no longer appears to be in the cards. Diesel has further claimed that Lin is already set to direct Fast & Furious 10, which suggests the filmmaker will knowingly set the stage for the finale with the ninth installment. Keeping that in mind: Universal has plans to continue the franchise past Fast & Furious 10 and is moving towards releasing a new Fast & Furious movie (be it a spinoff or sequel) every year in the foreseeable future.
Other Upcoming Fast & Furious Films
There's at least one Fast & Furious spinoff in active development right now, in addition to Hobbs & Shaw and Fast & Furious 9 and 10. The film doesn't have a title yet, but is described as a women-led spinoff and already has three female writers working on the script in some fashion. Diesel previously claimed that spinoff movie storylines for "various characters" have been written, so there could be even more Fast & Furious spinoffs in the pipeline that we don't know about just yet. That's not including Hobbs & Shaw 2, which Johnson has already said he intends to make and wants Jason Momoa to play one of his brothers in. The Aquaman actor had to pass on the first Hobbs & Shaw due to his busy schedule.
- Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) release date: Aug 02, 2019
- Fast & Furious 9 (2020) release date: May 22, 2020