It’s time to get the family back together. The first trailer for F9, the ninth installment in the Fast & Furious franchise –if you don’t count Hobbs & Shaw–has arrived. The series, which has officially been branded The Fast Saga in a series of new character posters, is back with a vengeance. And along with the usual faces–Vin Diesel as Dom, Michelle Rodriguez as Letty, and the rest of the crew–being back, WWE Superstar John Cena has also joined the cast for the latest adventure.
As the trailer opens, we see Dom has essentially retired and is living with his son and Letty on a farm. The retirement ends, though, when a mysterious figure played by new franchise addition John Cena arrives. He is revealed as none other than Jakob, Dom’s long lost brother. Cipher (Charlize Theron) has enlisted him to help her kill Dom and the usual insanity follows.
However, the twist is a major return. Justice for Han has finally come as the character appears, even though fans and Dom’s family were led to believe he died in Fast & Furious 6. “It’s good to be home,” Sung Kang, the actor who plays Han, said during a concert to promote the trailer drop. How is Han alive? Where has he been? We’ll have to wait and see.
If you happened to notice one prominent member of the family missing, that’s because Luke Hobbs (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson) isn’t involved in this particular film. After Johnson’s character starred with Jason Statham in the spin-off Hobbs & Shaw, it’s unclear as to whether he’ll be back in the main franchise anytime soon. That said, if you can’t have Johnson in your movie, Cena’s not a bad replacement.
Among those returning for the film is Jordana Brewster, who is making her first appearance in the franchise since Furious 7, the final installment to feature Paul Walker. Following Walker’s death, his character was written out of the franchise, as was Brewster’s, who plays his wife and Dom’s sister, Mia. It remains to be seen F9 will handle the absence of Bryan (Walker), given his wife is back in the fold.
F9 races into theaters on May 22.
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