It’s been a long day without a new installment in the Fast and Furious franchise, but F9 It’s almost here!
The latest trailer for Fast and furious 9 released Wednesday, thrilling fans with another look at the next action-packed installment in the saga of Dominic Toretto and his family of street racers turned high-octane vigilantes.
The film was originally scheduled for release in April 2019, but was delayed several times, first due to the launch of the spin-off. Hobbs and Shaw, and then by the coronavirus pandemic, which has kept movie theaters closed for the past year.
“When we had to push the movie, it was the right thing to do, but then a small part of me felt like I was disappointing everyone,” franchise star Vin Diesel admitted to ET’s Nischelle Turner this week, when the F9 The cast, along with director Justin Lin, shared their thoughts on the new mind-blowing trailer and upcoming movie, which fans will finally be able to see in theaters on June 25.
“I can’t tell you how grateful I am to be a part of something that has been embraced by the world the way it has, that two decades after that first car race we are here to open up.” Fast 9Diesel added. All I can say is, blessed, humbled and grateful. “
“It’s surreal,” agreed Michelle Rodriguez, who plays Letty Ortiz, Dom’s teammate turned wife, in the franchise. “I was a baby back then you know? And to see how much we’ve grown, now Vin has a whole family! I mean, I’m the godmother to his kids! That’s crazy.”
After a difficult year for fans around the world, F9 expects to be a bright spot, and Diesel is especially excited that the film will be one of the offerings that “bring people back to the theatrical experience.”
“With everything we’ve been through, what we’ve lost is that we entertain ourselves together as a community, as an audience, as one body. That unifying thing that happens when we go to the movies and entertain ourselves as an audience,” He noted. “And that’s what’s going to happen.”
“There is something to be said about Fast and Furious being one of those movies that you see in the cinema, “added Rodríguez.” It is the experience of that. It’s the fact that, you know, you’re three generations from now. People saw it in the 2000s with their parents, now they’re bringing their own kids into the game, into the mix. It is a tradition “.
Even Lin, who has been out of the franchise since he ran Fast and Furious 6 In 2013, he admitted that he feels like he never really left the team behind. The director oversaw the evolution of the series, beginning in 2006. Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift, through the fourth, fifth and sixth films, and helped guide the creative transition that led Dom and his team from Los Angeles street racers to globetrotting enforcers. Now, he’s back with his movie family and ready to shape the end of an era.
“For 10 years. We’ve always talked about the final chapter, the final chapter, and when I left, I thought ‘Okay, that’s it, I’m done,'” Lin recalled. “But one day, I woke up and thought, ‘Oh, I think I have the final chapter.’ So I called Vin, we called the studio and here we are. “
“When I leave, especially when I travel, the fans will stop me and talk about the franchise and the characters,” he added based on enthusiastic fans of the films. “I remember shooting [2016’s Star Trek Beyond], I was in the cutting room and Vin was calling me to talk about Dom like, you know, we’re continuing our journey. So it felt good when the right idea landed that it was time to go back. “
F9 brings back some familiar faces in addition to the well-established team, which of course includes Tyrese Gibson as Roman Pearce, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges as Tej Parker, Nathalie Emmanuel as Megan Ramsey, and Jordana Brewster as Mia Toretto, Dom’s young sister. . Helen Mirren will also return to the franchise as the Shaw family matriarch Magdalene, and in a fun fan service, Sung Kang is making her big homecoming as Han Lue, a member of Dom’s team who was thought to have dead at the end of Fast and Furious 6.
Charlize Theron is back too, reprising her role as the cyber terrorist Cipher from 2017. The fate of the furious. “She’s so brave. She was literally up for anything,” Lin said of “inheriting” the Oscar winner upon his return to the franchise. “That for me, as a creative, means that this is a character that I have to bring back and we had to keep exploring.”
And Cipher ain’t throwing no punches F9, targeting Dom through his own flesh and blood. The new film features a previously unknown member of the Toretto nuclear family, Dom and Mia’s brother Jakob, played by John Cena. Jakob is a master thief, assassin, and of course a high-performance driver who poses a huge threat to Dom, and Cena praised ET on joining the franchise, which he called the “opportunity of a lifetime.”
“Fighting Dom Toretto in Fast and Furious it’s like being in the main event of Wrestlemania. You have a special talent in a blockbuster film franchise, you have to deliver, “he said, poking fun at his intense confrontations with Diesel.” I think the theme here is Dom Toretto finally, after eight installments, facing the one thing he will never be able to [run from], and that’s his past. “
“This is a life changing experience and I was invited to success,” added Cena. “I understand that the main players in the franchise started from the ground up and built this tremendous platform and I don’t take it lightly.”
Of course, the other family bond the film can’t help but address is the continued absence of franchise star Paul Walker, who died in 2013. Walker’s character, Brian O’Conner, was pivotal to the series as the rival. Dom became Mia’s right-hand man and husband, and when the actor died during the production of Furious 7, the decision was made not to kill his character, but to find creative ways to avoid the absence. Brian and Mia are referenced in The fate of the furious but not seen on screen yet with F9focused on the Toretto family, it was time to bring Brewster back into the fold, despite the fact that Walker couldn’t be by his side.
“Jordana Brewster, she’s a huge part of the franchise,” Rodriguez noted, sharing how excited she was with the franchise’s female stars and their action-packed roles in the upcoming film. “She is one of the OGs from the original, and losing her completely because of an idea, or the fact that we lost someone dear to us, can’t we get closer in the story?”
“So, in the Fast and Furious world, it’s still alive in our hearts, and that’s how we’ll keep it for now, you know? Until we can answer that very difficult question, in terms of history, I think it is the right thing to do. It is to keep it alive in our hearts and in history. “
“There is not a day we film, there is not a moment in thought and creation where his spirit is not with us,” Diesel added of Walker’s absence. “He brings a spirituality to the franchise that we all feel. I can’t think of a Fast and Furious without him being a part of her in one way or another. “
At the end of the day, the soul of the original Fast and Furious franchise rides with Dom Toretto and, by extension, with Diesel. But will the end of Dom’s story come soon? With two final films lined up starring the OG team, Lin can’t help but get poetic about the journey the franchise has taken across nine films thus far.
“I’m not getting close Fast 9 like a single movie, “he explained.” I’m talking to Vin and everyone about Fast 9 like the beginning of our last chapter … I think it’s a very deep exploration that we’ve been doing for the last 20 years. I don’t think it’s logical or physical, you know? It’s more philosophical. “
As for the future? “I think, for me, there are so many attractive characters in this universe that I feel like we are going to continue exploring,” he admitted. “But I think when it comes to this saga, this journey, there will be an end point … I think that’s as far as I can share.”
“It doesn’t happen without Vin,” Cena added of the franchise, “and it’s amazing to see that he is still the heart and soul of the franchise after 20 years. There are very few titles that can say they have boxed success in the box. office for so long … I can promise you F9 complies “.
“It’s a very beautiful trip,” Rodriguez said of his time in the movie family. “To think that we could represent something to people all over the world is a completely different monster. We take it very seriously, we hold it close to our hearts and we treat it with great value.”
As for Diesel, he only had one word to share as he looks back on the final adventures of the original. Fast and Furious crew: “Bittersweet will be the final chapter. Bittersweet.”
F9 It will open in South Korea on May 19, before hitting theaters in the United States on June 25. See more about the franchise in the video below.