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Justin Lin confirms three more Fast & Furious movies coming as franchise to end on a trilogy

April 16th, 2021 by Marc Comments

With the new trailer for Fast 9 hitting a few days ago (here) it seems we are on the final lap for the Fast & Furious franchise.

We’ve known for a while now that the main core of the Fast universe (there’s spinoffs and animated shows too) has been getting ready to come to an end but now director Justin Lin has laid out the path the movies will be taking in the near future.

Lin joined the series in Fast & Furious: Tokyo Drift, the installment that arguably reinvigorated the whole franchise and returned for Fast & Furious, Fast Five and Fast & Furious 6 and now he’s back for the last three – yes, three – movies.

This is interesting because last we heard back in 2017 the series was to wrap on the tenth movie (here) but now it seems that nope, it’s eleven movies and, as well as that, Lin’s final three movies are basically one big installment… a trilogy if you will.

“very early on, we decided that this was not going to be a one-film experience — and that’s usually been my approach,” Lin says.

“Whenever we make a sequel, I go all out for that one, and we figure out the next one as we go. This one, F9, is the first film of the final chapter, so there’s a couple more to go, but I think it was very liberating, creatively, to think of it in those terms.”

The tenth movie was originally supposed to be hitting cinemas this month but due to that damned virus it’s been pushed back until next year with the ninth only arriving in June.

“I was thinking of it as one chapter. It became very clear to me that if we were going to do that, we were going to need some real estate,” Lin goes on.

“To the studio’s credit, it was like, ‘Yeah, let’s do it. That’s what we’ve been doing since I’ve been back… processing it as almost like a trilogy as a final chapter.”

With the Hobbs and Shaw spinoff prepping for part two and a female-led series in development – not to mention the Fast & Furious Spyracers series which just had its second season – it seems there’s a lot of life left in this franchise yet. And that’s not even mentioning the dinosaurs

So three more Fast 7 Furious movies in the pipeline starting in June? Yes, please… am I wrong? Let me know.

Vin Diesel’s Dom Toretto is leading a quiet life off the grid with Letty and his son, little Brian, but they know that danger always lurks just over their peaceful horizon. This time, that threat will force Dom to confront the sins of his past if he’s going to save those he loves most. His crew joins together to stop a world-shattering plot led by the most skilled assassin and high-performance driver they’ve ever encountered: a man who also happens to be Dom’s forsaken brother, Jakob (John Cena, the upcoming The Suicide Squad).

F9 sees the return of Justin Lin as director, who helmed the third, fourth, fifth and sixth chapters of the series when it transformed into a global blockbuster. The action hurtles around the globe—from London to Tokyo, from Central America to Edinburgh, and from a secret bunker in Azerbaijan to the teeming streets of Tbilisi. Along the way, old friends will be resurrected, old foes will return, history will be rewritten, and the true meaning of family will be tested like never before.

The film stars returning cast members Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Nathalie Emmanuel, Jordana Brewster and Sung Kang, with Oscar winner Helen Mirren, with Kurt Russell and Oscar winner Charlize Theron. F9 also features Grammy-winning superstar Cardi B as new franchise character Leysa, a woman with a connection to Dom’s past, and a cameo by Reggaeton sensation Ozuna.

Cast: Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, John Cena, Nathalie Emmanuel, Jordana Brewster, Sung Kang with Helen Mirren, Kurt Russell and Charlize

Directed by: Justin Lin

Fast 9 hits cinemas on June 25th

Source: Deadline

Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….