6th October 2020
The 9th installment of the underground-race-scene-turned-overt-the-top-action franchise has been delayed again.
The upcoming film, due to star former WWE superstar John Cena as the long-lost brother to Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel), was originally set to be released in May 2020, but the coronavirus pandemic and the subsequent closing of theatres all over the world caused it to be delayed to April 2, 2021.
Recent moves by Studio Universal to delay the upcoming James Bond movie, "No Time to Die," to be pushed to the same date has caused Universal, which also distributes the Fast & Furious movies, to push the franchise down the queue.
F9 will now get a theatrical release on May 28, 2021.
Meanwhile, Vin Diesel has promised fans of the franchise a "big surprise."
Back in March this year, he said: "There's a big surprise coming ... I can't tell anyone. [But] it is so awesome!'
"It's a testament to the franchise, it's a testament to all the work that everyone has done, and it's a testament to the integrity.'
"As a thespian, as someone who started acting when I was seven years old, it's wonderful to dance with other acclaimed thespians and try to make magic."
Former professional wrestler turned film star John Cena has expressed major excitement for his role in the film and also said that he felt "huge expectations" for him to "deliver" for the loyal fan base that the film franchise built since its first film back in 2001.
"The global connection the franchise has with its fans, and the respect that the franchise has for its fans is like nothing I've ever seen before.'
"It allowed me to really look at the absolute analytics of the project through the people who have been working some 20 years on this.'
"It really is a family atmosphere, there's a lot of respect for the franchise, there is that expectation to deliver for the fan base, and it's been like no other experience I've been on.'
"You kind of have to earn your respect in so many ways, but once you do you are absolutely, unexpectedly welcomed into the family. It's been really, really special, and I'm very fortunate," said Cena.
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