Fast & Furious 9 Was Delayed For Hobbs & Shaw
Fast & Furious 9 is expected to start production in April of this year. Fast & Furious 9 was supposed to release in 2019 but was pushed back to make room for Hobbs & Shaw, which became the impetus of yet another feud in the Fast Family. For several months, Johnson and Tyrese Gibson feuded on social media over the fact that Hobbs & Shaw was taking priority over Fast & Furious 9. While everything ended up settling down, the fact that one movie replaced another remained.
Fast & Furious 9 now has a release date of April 10, 2020. At first, the plan was to shoot both Fast & Furious 9 and 10 back to back, but that no longer appears to be the case. At least, not that the studio has revealed. Director Justin Lin is returning to helm Fast & Furious 9 after having stepped away from the franchise a few years ago - Lin directed Tokyo Drift as well as Fast & Furious 4, 5, and 6 - with new writer Daniel Casey on board. Moreover, Jordana Brewster, Michelle Rodriguez, and Gibson are set to reprise their roles alongside Diesel. However, Johnson won't appear in Fast & Furious 9, but it's unclear if he'll return for the last installment in the franchise. There's also no word on Statham.
What We Know About Hobbs & Shaw's Story
While the Fast & Furious films might appear on the outside to be about cool cars and crazy, logic-defying stunts, what's really at the core is the notion of family. And it seems like this will carry over to Hobbs & Shaw as well. While the details of the film are slim, we know it will introduce Vanessa Kirby as Hattie Shaw, Deckard's sister and MI6 agent. She joins the growing Shaw family which already features Owen (Luke Evans), Deckard, and matriarch Magdalene (Helen Mirren). She's not the only family member to appear in the film either.
WWE star Roman Reigns will appear as Hobbs' brother along with Josh Mauga, John Tui, and Cliff Curtis. The Hobbs brothers own a vintage car shop in Western Samoa. Rounding out the family affair will be Hobbs' daughter, who has been recast from the original Fast & Furious films. So, it very much seems like a family affair this time around.
Hobbs and Shaw will be facing off against Brixton (Idris Elba), the "Baddest Bad Guy the Fast & Furious franchise has ever had," according to Johnson, who has been hyping up the showdown on social media for a long time now. There is also the mysterious Madam M (Eiza Gonzalez), who could be friend or foe, to contend with as well. Either way, these guys are going to have their hands full. No matter what the story might be, Hobbs & Shaw is sure to feature outrageous action, well-choreographed fight scenes, a bit of humor, and a lot of fast cars.
Watch The Hobbs & Shaw Trailer
The first Hobbs & Shaw trailer released on Friday, February 1, revealing a superpowered Idris Elba and an incredibly fractious relationship between the two title characters. This trailer will play during the Super Bowl on Sunday, February 3.
- Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) release date: Aug 02, 2019
- Fast & Furious 9 (2020) release date: May 22, 2020