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This year marks the return of the Fast and Furious franchise, only instead of continuing with the main narrative, we’re going down the spinoff path with Dwayne Johnson’s Luke Hobbs and Jason Statham’s Deckard Shaw in the aptly-named Hobbs and Shaw. However, we won’t have to wait too much longer for the next main entry, as Fast and Furious 9 is now filming and set for release in less than a year.
Because Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham were busy with Hobbs and Shaw, they’ll be sitting out Fast and Furious 9, making this the first Fast and Furious movie Johnson hasn’t taken part in since he joined the franchise in 2011’s Fast Five. Nevertheless, from what’s been announced and reported so far, Fast and Furious 9 has a solid lineup of new and familiar faces, so let’s go over who’ll be around for this latest round of racing, explosions and over-the-top action.
Vin Diesel - Dominic Toretto
With the exception of 2 Fast 2 Furious, Dominic Toretto has appeared in every Fast and Furious movie, so Vin Diesel returning for Fast and Furious 9 is hardly surprising. During The Fate of the Furious, Dom learned about his son, who his ex-lover Elena had kept secret from him. With Elena having been executed by Cipher, Dom is now raising the boy, who he named after his best friend, Brian. Presumably that means Dom has been living a quiet life so he can properly look after Brian, but you can bet whatever kicks off the events of Fast and Furious 9 will draw him back into action.
Michelle Rodriguez - Letty Ortiz
While she doesn’t have as many Fast and Furious appearances under her belt as Dominic Toretto, Letty Ortiz is one of the most important characters in this franchise. While Letty and Dom’s relationship hit some bumps in The Fate of the Furious when Dom was blackmailed by Cipher, they’re are all good again, so count on her being by his side in Fast and Furious 9. Initially it was unclear if Michelle Rodriguez would reprise Letty, but she signed on after securing a female writer to contribute to the story.
Tyrese Gibson - Roman Pearce
He may be the joker of the Fast and Furious team, but Roman Pearce is nonetheless a valued member, for both his driving skills and his ability to talk his way through anything. While Roman was once tightest with Brian O’Connor, with Brian having retired from this life, he’s built a special bond with the other main characters. Tyrese Gibson was initially upset that Fast and Furious 9 was being pushed back to make room for Hobbs and Shaw, but his feud with Dwayne Johnson has been long settled, and hopefully his time working on this movie will be drama-free.
Ludacris - Tej Parker
Tej Parker started out refereeing street races in Miami, but nowadays he serves as one of the main tech people in the Fast and Furious crew. We can expect Ludacris’ character to continue those duties in Fast and Furious 9. Let’s also not forget that Tej and Roman Pearce have been looking to get romantically involved with Ramsey (more on her next), and while she like both of them, she won’t make one move or another until one of them tells her what her last name is. Could that happen during Fast and Furious 9?
Nathalie Emmanuel - Ramsey
Ramsey is still the newest member of the Fast and Furious crew, joining up with them in Furious 7 after being rescued by the villains who kidnapped her because she created God’s Eye. Ramsey values that the team is closely bonded through respect and trust rather than fear, so now she helps them out with her impressive hacking skills. That said, we still don’t that much about her background/past, so maybe Fast and Furious 9 will shed some light.
Jordana Brewster - Mia Toretto
At the end of Furious 7, Brian O’Connor from racing, heists and saving the world to focus on raising his children with Mia Toretto, who had already largely left that life behind. Sadly, due to Paul Walker’s passing, unless the late actor’s brothers come back to help pull off a Brian cameo, we won’t be seeing him again. That’s not the case with Mia, as Jordan Brewster will make her sixth appearance as the character. It’s unclear if Mia will have a major or minor in Fast and Furious 9, but either way, it’s nice to have her back.
Charlize Theron - Cipher
Charlize Theron’s Cipher was still on the loose at the end of The Fate of the Furious, and while there has been talk of giving the character a spinoff, in the meantime, she’ll be back for Fast & Furious 9. It remains to be seen how big her role will be, let alone if she’ll be a villain again or if she’ll somehow make the transition to good guy. After all, if Dom and the gang can welcome Deckard Shaw in the gang despite him having killed Han, maybe Cipher can follow suit… though I suspect that she still has some nefarious deeds to carry out.
Helen Mirren - Magdalene Shaw
With Jason Statham being occupied by Hobbs and Shaw and Luke Evans not expected to reprise Owen Shaw, Helen Mirren’s Magdalene Shaw will represent the Shaw clan during Fast & Furious 9. In The Fate of the Furious, Magaldalene helped out Dom by having her two sons help rescue his son from Cipher, and she’ll also appear later this year in Hobbs and Shaw. Although Magdalene clearly operates on the wrong side of the law, it’s a good bet that she’ll assist Dom again in some capacity.
John Cena’s been steadily building a solid acting career over the last five years, from action-packed fare like Bumblebee to comedies like Blockers. Since Fast and Furious is one of the biggest action franchises currently running, and it’s become more ridiculous and over-the-top with each entry, Fast and Furious 9 will be a perfect fit for Cena. No details about his character have been revealed yet other than that he’ll be a “badass.” In other news, water is wet.
As is the case with John Cena and the rest of the actors on this list, there’s no word yet on who Finn Cole is playing in Fast and Furious 9. Cole’s two biggest claims to fame are in the TV realm, with him playing Michael Gray in Peaky Blinders and Joshua Cody in Animal Kingdom. Let’s see if Fast and Furious 9 can propel him to cinematic fame.
Anna Sawai has a pretty light on-screen resume so far in her carer. If you watched 2009’s Ninja Assassin, you might recognize her for playing the teenaged Kiriko, and later this year she’ll appear as Eiko in the BBC Two/Netflix drama Giri/Haji. It’ll be interesting to learn how she factors into Fast and Furious 9.
Vinnie Bennet has a broad resume, from TV shows like The Shannara Chronicles and Power Rangers Dino Charge to movies like Ghost in the Shell and Human Traces. He most recently appeared in the New Zealand series The Bad Seed as Detective Bennett. Will he be an ally or enemy to Fast and Furious 9’s main characters? We’ll have to wait and see.
Fast and Furious 9 races into theaters on May 22, 2020, so stay tuned to CinemaBlend for continuing coverage. For now, look through our 2019 release schedule to learn what movies are arriving later this year.