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Could John Cena be joining the upcoming Fast and Furious 9? That’s a question that’s actually worth talking about this week, as longtime series actor Vin Diesel shared a fun video nodding at Paul Walker and the changing nature of the franchise. Then, John Cena pops in, seemingly teasing a working partnership coming up.
But don't take my word for it. Take a look below.
Watching the clip, Vin Diesel talks specifically about Paul Walker and the long-running Fast franchise, noting that it’s a big responsibility to keep things moving. At the end, John Cena pops in, waving and winking at fans. While we can’t 100% say this is teasing something coming up in the universe, it would make sense.
After all with Hobbs & Shaw coming out this year, there’s a good chance that Fast and Furious 9 will inject some new blood into the franchise thanks to likely losing Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham. This is particularly true if Hobbs & Shaw does well at the box office, leading to the possibility of sequels for the spinoff. (Which would likely be a good thing for all parties, given some cast members weren’t happy about the spinoff at all.)
Fast and Furious franchise fans know that Paul Walker was called Pablo by his friends and, in the video, Vin Diesel waxes poetic about his former pal. Walker played Brian O’Conner in the series for years before his untimely death in 2013 at the age of 40. He had mostly completed work on Furious 7 when a single-vehicle collision ultimately killed him.
Before John Cena ultimately pops up in Vin Diesel’s Instagram video, Diesel notes:
As you know I’m always thinking fast and thinking about the responsibility and making something iconic and deserving of your loyalty. I know this sounds crazy but every blue moon I feel like Pablo up there sends me someone, another soldier for the fight for truth. And today someone came by our Toretto gym that speaks to what Pablo would have brought.
As evidenced in the video and with the quote, John Cena happened to be on the premises. However, given the status of Fast and Furious 9, it wouldn’t be a huge surprise if he were added to the mix sometime before production really gets off of the ground.
Either way, this video should be a fun one for wrestling fans.
As a side note, production on Fast and Furious 9 was supposed to start back in February, but was then delayed until April of 2019. Recently, Vin Diesel also shared an image with costume designer Sanja Hays, indicating the movie was close to getting off of the ground on April 18.
Meanwhile, John Cena just turned 42 and has been busy sharing words about never giving up and capitalizing on opportunities.
This likely has nothing to do with Fast 9, but the timing is still incredibly fortuitous for all of this, given Fast and Furious 9 is moving forward and John Cena is hellbent on pushing out as many projects as he can right now.
Coming up on just the big screen, the actor has The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle, Project X-Traction, Playing with Fire, and The Janson Directive. In the franchise realm, John Cena has also been rumored for James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad.
We’ll let you know if Vin Diesel teases any more John Cena moving forward. We’re definitely interested in how Fast and Furious 9 pans out, and if you are too, take a look at what we know about the upcoming flick.