Which character will he play?
The epic, sprawling, tragic and sometimes unbelievable saga of The Fast and the Furious is coming to an end over the next two films, that last of which may be broken into a two-parter. Unfortunately the coming installment, Fast 9, was delayed due to the Covid pandemic. It was supposed to hit theaters Memorial Weekend 2020, then Memorial Weekend 2021 and now it has been pushed to June 2021. Hopefully we'll be on the downside of this thing, and we can all get that shared experience of seeing a movie together, again.
The news from TMZ today is that Vin Diesel's 10-year-old son will be making his big screen debut in the new film, playing a younger version of main character Dom Toretto. According to the info, the boy filmed his scenes during the original shooting in 2019. Apparently, he was paid a daily rate of $1,005. Not bad for a fifth grader.
The plot of the new Fast has been in focus since the trailer. It looks like after the events of F8 the crew has relaxed a little. Dom has settled into his parenting role before his long-lost brother, which we curiously have not heard about until this film, comes back to…take revenge? Possibly? He joins with the last movie's big bad Cipher, and we're assuming that action, explosions, and fast car racing will ensue.
Most of the team is back including Jordana Brewster, Ludacris, Tyrese Gibson, Sung Kang, Game of Thrones' Nathalie Emmanuel, Dame Helen Mirren, and Michelle Rodriguez. John Cena and Charlize Theron will play the heels. There have been rumors of a Brian O'Conner return, even though actor Paul Walker died during the time he was filming Fast 7. We'd be against that, considering the writers did a great job with the final sendoff in that movie.
The only other time we saw Toretto as a child was in Fast 7, where he was played by Alex McGee.
"Definitely eager to share it," Diesel said in January. "When you make a good movie, your first goal is to make something that you can be proud of, and in the film business you learn from the very beginning that when the film gets released, even without the pandemic, it's rarely in your control."
Barring any more difficulties, Fast 9 should hit theaters June 25. With a little luck, it could be the first big blockbuster to land in theaters after the pandemic. Furious 7 and F8 make up two of the 20 top-grossing films of all time.