Fast and Furious 9 has finally made its debut on screens this year after a series of delays. It's the latest adventure in the franchise that's been thrilling audiences since 2001. Justin Lin directed Fast & Furious 4 and Fast & Furious 9, bringing us Vin Diesel and Michelle Rodriguez back to the franchise.
Fast & Furious 6, which marks the penultimate installment in the franchise, sees Dom (Vin Diesel) and his family taking on Jakob (John Cena), a team-up between himself and Cipher (Charlize Theron).
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Curious when F9 premieres? Wondering how to watch F9? Here's everything you need to know about watching Fast & Furious 9.
Fast and Furious 9 release date: When is Fast & Furious 9 out?
As mentioned above, Fast & Furious 9 is already out in certain parts of the world, but it'll finally arrive in UK cinemas on June 24 and US cinemas on June 25.
The movie was delayed an entire year from its planned May 2020 release to April 2021, before being pushed back again to May and then June 2021 in the US. Fortunately, bar an extremely unfortunate series of events, those June dates won't move.
Filming for the ninth movie took place between June and November 2019 in London, Los Angeles, Edinburgh, Thailand, and Georgia.
WHEN DOES FAST AND FURIOUS 9 PREMIERE?
In about a month, Fast & Furious 9 will zoom into theaters. After being pushed multiple times, F9 is set to premiere on Friday, June 25.
WILL FAST AND FURIOUS 9 BE ON HBO MAX?
Right now, there are no plans to put Fast and Furious 9 on HBO Max. While multiple Warner Bros. releases have made their way onto the streaming platform this year, F9 is a Universal release, which means it doesn't fall under the Warner Bros.
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FAST AND FURIOUS 9 CAST: WHO STARS IN THE NEW FAST AND FURIOUS MOVIE?
The latest Fast & Furious movie stars Vin Diesel as Dominic Toretto, Michelle Rodriguez as Letty Ortiz, Tyrese Gibson as Roman Pearce, Ludacris as Tej Parker, John Cena as Jakob Toretto, Jordana Brewster as Mia Toretto, Nathalie Emmanuel as Ramsey, Sung Kang as Han Lue, Helen Mirren as Magdalene 'Queenie' Shaw, Kurt Russell as Mr. Nobody, and Charlize Theron as Cipher.
WHERE TO WATCH FAST AND FURIOUS 9:
The current release plan for Fast and Furious 9 means it will hit theaters first, but that doesn't mean it won't be available to stream at home - you'll just have to wait a little while. Because F9 is from Universal, it's possible that it could become available to rent on premium VOD as soon as 17 days after it hits theaters. Under Universal's deal with cinema chains like AMC, the theatrical window is shortened to just 17 days, meaning Universal films are available to rent digitally for $19.99 just two and a half weeks after they premiere.
Still, sources told Decider last month that Universal will let F9 remain in theaters longer than 17 days, since the window agreed upon by Universal and AMC is flexible. Stay tuned for an official digital release date for the latest Fast & Furious film.
When will Fast and Furious 9 be on streaming? When will F9 be on-demand?
We don't know yet. Fast & Furious 9 is a Universal movie, and Universal Studios has a deal with AMC that allows the studio to release its movies on-demand-usually on premium-on-demand, meaning you'll be able to rent the film for $19.99-after just a 17-day run in theaters.
However, it's unlikely that Fast & Furious 9 will move to PVOD after just 17 days, given that it's such a huge film. Sources close to the situation have told Decider that because the 17-day window is flexible, Universal plans to let F9 run in theaters exclusively for longer than just 17 days. However, an official digital release date for F9 has not yet been announced. The studio will likely make that decision based on how well the movie is doing in the box office. With vaccines rolling out, but also with variants of the COVID-19 virus on the rise, it's still too early to say how comfortable moviegoers will feel heading to the theaters in June.
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Fast and Furious 9 cast: Who's coming back for Fast and Furious 9?
Most of the main cast is back for the ninth outing, so that's Vin Diesel as Dom, Michelle Rodriguez as Letty, Chris 'Ludacris' Bridges as Tej, and Tyrese Gibson as Roman, among others.
After missing out on the last movie, Jordana Brewster is also back as Dom's sister Mia, who is married to the late Paul Walker's Brian. Excitingly, Brewster and Rodriguez will actually share a speaking scene in the ninth movie for the first time in the series.
"I'm really grateful that we got a chance to do that. Hopefully, we'll continue to explore it because there's so much to unearth there," Brewster said.
Walker's brother Cody has been speaking about a potential return for Brian, saying that "anything is possible" after Cody and his brother Caleb stepped in to finish his filming for Fast & Furious 7.
In fact, his character was glimpsed in the second trailer released in April 2021.
Director Justin Lin said that Brian O'Conner is "still alive" in the Fast universe and is "very impactful and very important" adding "I think that [in] Nine, you will feel the presence of Brian, for sure."
Nathalie Emmanuel will also return as Ramsey and the first trailer also revealed that Lucas Black has reprised his Tokyo Drift role as Sean Boswell, after briefly appearing in Fast & Furious 7.
Following their spin-off movie Hobbs & Shaw, Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham are missing out this time around… probably. There could be a surprise cameo in the works, but it seems unlikely.
Fast and Furious 9 plot: What's Fast and Furious 9 about?
With the first trailer came the official synopsis for the ninth movie, which is as follows: "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."
Diesel expanded, telling Total Film: "The theme that we've been playing with up until this point has been the family that you create with people from all walks of life, the family that is not blood.
"What makes the story of Fast 9 so fascinating is how that altruistic concept could neglect the family defined by blood. That's where this story goes."
There's not much else we can tell from the trailer about why or how Han is back, but we have been promised that it makes sense. In addition to Han's return, the new movie will make you "understand" the first movie more, apparently.
Since the end of Fast & Furious 8, Cipher appears to have been caught and is giving a classic villainous speech in her glass(?) cell, only she's giving it to Jakob: "Could you kill him? Because I'm ready if you are."
Does Jakob break her out of her cell to work together with Cipher, or is he actually the one who tracks her down? Either way, she's got a cool magnet plane that she uses to get him out of a sticky situation.
Luckily for Dom, it seems he's still got Magdalene Shaw on his side as she's seen giving him some sage advice. And Helen Mirren very much enjoyed getting to drive a car in a Fast & Furious movie.
Is she the only Shaw we're going to see in the ninth movie, or is there another surprise return on the cards? Owen Shaw (Luke Evans) wasn't in Hobbs & Shaw, so could he be in the ninth movie or is he dead?
Other than that, the first trailer mainly just teased some of the crazy action sequences we're in for, including Dom swinging a car between two mountains, as you do.
"Let's just say you're gonna question a lot in this movie when it comes to physics," joked Rodriguez. "You're just going to be like, [miming 'wait, what?']. Let's just say there's a lot of that in this one."
Fast and furious 9 (F9) Review:
For a series that, at least for a while, used to be about nitro-injected street cred and grease-monkey car culture, the Fast & Furious movies really only have two gears. You've got fast and you've got furious. Stunts have gotten bigger, glossier and faker, but even at their worst, they've always been speedy, dangerously so. And just as crucially, every utterance about family out of Vin Diesel's mouth has a ponderous solemnity to it. That's the furious part. Over 20 years, the plots have detoured into globe-hopping spy nonsense - and these muscle cars have definitely hopped, sometimes with their own parachutes - yet the white-hot melodrama has skyrocketed in tandem.
Director Justin Lin, who perfected the formula with 2011's deliriously dumb Fast Five, is back in charge after sitting out two laps, during which the production grappled with the untimely death of co-star Paul Walker and some intra-actor bitchiness. Lin's Fast & Furious 9 feels like a rejuvenation. That's not just the fumes talking. (It's a thrill to be back in front of something big and loud.) The film is a return to principles, and if it goes off the rails into pure silliness - almost irredeemably at one point - there's at least an ethos to it.
Superfans will cheer the return of another character from beyond the grave. But when the VFX are this brazenly weightless, your eyes may already be wandering to the corner of the screen to see how many lives are left. There's a mysterious physics to these F&F films: not the laws of gravity or real-world kineticism, but that of catastrophic urban damage with zero casualties. A high-powered magnet smashing cars through buildings is at the core of F9's strongest action sequence. Elsewhere, two of Dom's most bickersome associates are launched into outer space in a cherry-red Pontiac for no rational reason whatsoever. You might smile at the lunkheadedness of the whole enterprise -that is, if you're feeling generous.
Two decades on, the franchise has a touch of self-deprecation to it, as well as an intimation of its own 'invincibility', both earned. There's even dialogue to that effect, threatening to break the fourth wall. In actuality, we've all seen how precarious blockbusters can be without a season of moviegoers to welcome them. F9 isn't the perfect summer movie, but it's close enough: a reminder of the highs, lows and longueurs that mark the escapism we need.