Two very familiar faces are returning for the next Fast and Furious movie and beyond.
Rumors had been swirling about Justin Lin, the director of Fast and Furious 3-6, returning for Fast 9, and the news was officially confirmed by Vin Diesel. As he likes to do, Diesel was hyping up the next Fast and Furious installment in a Facebook Live video. In it, he mentioned that he was working directly with Lin, who is not only returning for Fast 9, but also Fast 10.
“Justin Lin is so old school,” Diesel said about the director. “He’s so a part of the DNA of the Fast mythology, the one person who wanted to be here immediately, just as he started to feel that sense of Dom, that sense of Toretto, that sense of the Fast and Furious universe and the responsibility of that, he moves very fast, and he wanted someone who is part of the brotherhood.”
Lin departed the franchise in 2015 to replace J.J. Abrams in Star Trek Beyond. But it seems absence makes the heart grow fonder because he’s coming back to lead the next two installments of the franchise.
Diesel also went on to announce that a stalwart character of the Fast and Furious franchise is returning—Jordana Brewster as Mia. Brewster departed the franchise after Furious 7 in the aftermath of Paul Walker’s death. She portrayed the wife of Paul Walker’s character (Brian), but after Walker’s untimely death, Diesel and the producers of the franchise decided to send off his character properly with an emotional goodbye rather than brusquely killing him off. With him went Jordana Brewster as it was hard to include her character without Brian.
Diesel said in the video fans have been asking for Mia to return, and so they made the decision to bring her back for Fast and Furious 9.
Fast and Furious 9 is scheduled to be in theaters April 19, 2020. Before that, you can catch The Rock and Jason Statham’s spin-off movie in July 26, 2019.