Fast and Furious 9 is bringing back even more franchise cast members. Charlize Theron and Helen Mirren, who made their Fast debut in 2017’s The Fate of the Furious, will both return for Fast and Furious 9. Theron will once again play Cipher, while Mirren will reprise her role as Magdalene Shaw, mother of Jason Statham’s Deckard Shaw.
Jason Statham’s Deckard Shaw probably won’t be popping up in Fast and Furious 9 – but his mom will. Vin Diesel did his usual thing recently and took to social media to announce that Helen Mirren’s Magdalene Shaw would be returning for Fast and Furious 9, along with Charlize Theron’s Cipher.
“We’ve got a lot of the original cast here, including Oscar winners like Charlize Theron and Helen Mirren,” Diesel said. Mirren is also appearing in the upcoming spinoff Hobbs and Shaw, so it looks like she’s carved out a nice little corner for herself in the world of these films. Mirren and Theron join returning cast members Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, and Nathalie Emmanuel, while John Cena is stepping in, presumably to fill the void left by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Johnson is a busy guy, but there’s also apparently no love lost between him and Diesel, so you probably shouldn’t expect to see him in the main Furious films ever again.
Justin Lin is directing the latest Furious installment, which was originally supposed to open in April of this year, but got pushed to 2020. Plot details aren’t available yet, and it’s not clear what part Theron’s Fate of the Furious baddie will play here. But you can safely assume the new film will involve cars driving really fast as the main characters engage in crazy stunts and call each other family.
Furious 9 just recently started filming, but Furious 10 is already a go. That sequel will presumably be the final entry in the on-going main series, but don’t count on the franchise as a whole to go away anytime soon. In addition to potential Hobbs and Shaw sequels, there’s also talk of a female-driven spin-off film fronted by Michelle Rodriguez’s character Letty Ortiz. And hey, why not give Helen Mirren her own spin-off movie as well? Who wouldn’t want to see a Fast and Furious film devoted entirely to Helen Mirren?
Fast and Furious 9 opens May 22, 2020.
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