Vin Diesel is busy preparing to film Fast and Furious 9, updating fans every step of the way. He's been posting photos of his impressive muscles, in case we forget he's a badass, but even tough guys need a quiet place to reflect. Apparently Diesel's space for Fast 9 is called The Dom Shrine, in honor of his character, Dominic "Dom" Toretto. Here's Diesel giving a glimpse of The Dom Shrine:
As Vin Diesel noted in his Instagram video, one of the Fast movies is always playing in the background of the shrine to keep him in the right mindset:
It's kind of a sanctuary that I go to, to prepare for the next chapter. We created it before I went to London for pre-production in February. So it's been a real blessing to have this quiet space to reflect on the task at hand, and the monumental opportunity to do this next chapter.
Vin Diesel has been posting some thoughts on Fast 9 via social media, but in general we don't know too much about the ninth movie in the franchise. Fast 9 will reportedly start filming in late June at Warner Bros. Studios in Leavesden outside London. Justin Lin is said to be returning as director.
Fast and Furious 9 is currently scheduled to open May 22, 2020, with a 10th movie behind it marking the final film in the series. Jordana Brewster (Mia Toretto) is confirmed to return for Fast 9, but last we heard Michelle Rodriguez (Letty Ortiz) wasn't sure she was coming back, it depended on the script. So official cast and plot updates are waiting in the wings.
For now, we have some deep thought reflections from Vin Diesel, including this look back with Paul Walker (Brian O'Conner), who started the franchise with Diesel in 2001 in The Fast and the Furious.
Sadly, as you know, we lost Paul Walker in 2013 after a horrible car crash. He wasn't finished filming Furious 7 at the time, but his brothers helped as stand-ins to complete Walker's final scenes as Brian.
Fast 8, The Fate of the Furious, ended up getting a lot of attention for the behind-the-scenes beefs. Now we're at Fast 9, and apparently Vin Diesel has fatherhood on his mind. He hinted as much in this photo which he tagged for #Fast9:
Speaking of fatherhood, Vin Diesel seems to be ready to pass his love of fast cars on to the next generation:
Since Fast 9 is still in pre-production, we may have to wait a month or two for more official updates before the start of filming. Here's what we know so far about the movie. In the meantime, we'll keep looking to Vin Diesel to share updates behind-the-scenes. Fast franchise fans can also look forward to the spinoff Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, starring The Rock and Jason Statham, which opens in theaters August 2.