For the past 20 years, no one has championed the Fast and Furious series as hard as Vin Diesel. The actor first played Dominic Toretto opposite the late Paul Walker in 2001. And he has also produced the movies since the fourth entry, 2009’s Fast & Furious. Diesel is even the only actor to reprise his role in animated form, on Netflix’s Fast & Furious: Spy Racers. Now the F9 star has shared a major detail about the saga’s future.
Vin Diesel and company are back for ‘Fast and the Furious 9’ aka ‘F9’
The ninth entry in the franchise was originally slated to hit theaters in April 2020. However, due mostly to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Universal pushed F9 until June 2021. And that strategy paid off handsomely. The movie earned $70 million on its opening weekend. According to CNN, that makes F9 the biggest box office opening since Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker in December 2019.
Even with that success, Diesel has long maintained he intends to end the series on his terms. As the ending of F9 proves, there’s still a bit more gas in the tank for the Fast and Furious saga. Diesel has claimed the series will end after eleven movies. So fans have been anxious for any indication exactly what story the actor has in mind for the grand finale. While he hasn’t released plot details, Diesel did tease his approach to the next films.
The actor just revealed big news about ‘Fast and Furious 10’
In a recent conversation with Regal Movies, Diesel discussed his approach to F9 and what the series means to him. But it was a tidbit he dropped about Fast and Furious 10 that really got fans’ attention. When asked directly about rumors the next movie would start filming in January 2022, Diesel confirmed not only the start date but referred to the final two movies as “Fast 10 Part 1 and Part 2, the finale of the saga.”
That’s a major twist for fans who assumed movies 10 and 11 would simply be individual adventures, much like their predecessors. However, Diesel’s comment makes it sound as though he has something quite different in mind. Rather than a traditional sequel, the Fast and Furious saga could go out with a two-part finale much like Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, Twilight, and The Avengers. But what story could Diesel be telling?
Vin Diesel still has more spinoffs in the works
If there’s one thing fans are hoping for, it’s the return of Dwayne Johnson to the series. The actor played Luke Hobbs in four Fast and Furious films before starring in the Hobbs & Shaw spinoff with Jason Statham. With two movies to tell an epic conclusion to the franchise, perhaps even actors such as Eva Mendes and Gal Gadot can come back around to the movies. After all, Diesel is developing an all-female spinoff movie.
Whenever that movie does happen, fans have to imagine Michelle Rodriguez’s Letty would headline it. She’s been Dom’s love interest since the very first film. And there’s no female star in the series better qualified. In any case, the main Fast and Furious movies might be winding down. But there’s little indication the franchise will go away completely. There’s also Hobbs & Shaw 2 in the works. So fans have plenty to look forward to.