One member of the Fast family won't be returning.
Considering that 'Fast 9' featured a Pontiac Fiero rocket car flying into space, we've been curious to see what crazy direction the unstoppable 'Fast & Furious' franchise will take next. We'll find out in just two years because 'Fast & Furious 10' is speeding into theaters on April 7, 2023. Originally, 'Fast 10' was scheduled to hit theaters on April 2, 2021, before the pandemic delayed the release of 'Fast 9' until June this year.
According to Entertainment Weekly, filming for 'Fast 10' will start in January 2022. The penultimate film in the franchise, 'Fast 10' will be split into two parts and filmed back-to-back with 'Fast 11'. Justin Lin, who has directed five 'Fast & Furious' films, will direct the tenth and eleventh film in the Fast saga.
Plot details for 'Fast 10' are being kept under wraps, but it's safe to assume Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Chris Bridges, and Sung Kang will reprise their roles. John Cena and Charlize Theron will also likely return as 'Fast 10' will be a direct follow-up to 'Fast 9.' One member of the Fast family that won't be returning, however, is Dwayne Johnson. After his ongoing feud with Vin Diesel, Johnson confirmed he won't return for 'Fast 10' or 'Fast 11.'
"I wish them the best of luck on 'Fast 10' and 'Fast 11' and the rest of the 'Fast & Furious' movies they do that will be without me," Johnson said in an interview with 'Hollywood Reporter.' This doesn't necessarily mean Johnson is leaving the franchise for good, however, as a sequel to the 'Hobbs and Shaw' spin-off movie starring Johnson and Jason Statham is reportedly in the works. Speaking of Statham, his character Deckard Shaw will likely play a major role in 'Fast 10' judging from the mid-credit sequence in 'Fast 9.'
Despite the pandemic causing delays and shutting down movie theaters, 'Fast 9' still grossed $681 million worldwide at the box office. In the US, the film grossed over $170 million. If you can't wait for 'Fast 10,' you can already watch 'Fast 9' at home on digital on-demand services like Vudu.
If you thought the theatrical version's two-hour and 25-minute runtime was long, an extended director's cut of the film is coming to Blu-ray on September 21st with seven minutes of extra footage. One of the extended scenes will be the destructive final action sequence featuring the Armadillo tank, Dom's mid-engine Dodge Charger, and an orange Toyota GR Supra. 'Fast 11' won't be the end of the road for the franchise either, as new spin-offs including a female-focused film starring Michelle Rodriguez will keep the franchise alive for many years to come.