F9 (aka Fast Fast & Furious 9): Justin Lin Returns as Director of New Chapter that’s Fast but Not Furious Enough

Justin Lin directed and co-wrote (with Daniel Casey) F9 (also known as Fast & Furious 9) the new installment in the long-running franchise that started exactly two decades ago.

It is sort of a sequel to the 2017 The Fate of the Furious (2017), the 9th official installment in the series, and the 10th feature released under the umbrella of the Fast & Furious franchise.

For better or worse (I think the latter), it’s the first film since the 2013 Fast & Furious 6 to be directed by Lin, and the first since the 2003 2 Fast 2 Furious not to be written by Chris Morgan.

In its efforts to be multi-cultural and multi-generational, F9 stars Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, John Cena, Jordana Brewster, Nathalie Emmanuel, Sung Kang, Helen Mirren, and Charlize Theron.

F9 was originally scheduled for worldwide release in April 2019, but was delayed several times, due to the releases of Hobbs & Shaw (2019) and No Time to Die (2021), and then the COVID-19 pandemic.

It is now scheduled to first be released in Hong Kong and South Korea on May 19, 2021, and in the US on June 25.

After the events of The Fate of the Furious (2017), Dominic Toretto and his family must face Dominic’s younger brother Jakob, a deadly assassin, who is working with their old enemy Cipher, and who holds a personal vendetta against Dominic.