About a month ago, news broke that John Cena will be joining the Fast & Furious… no, wait, sorry… FAMILY franchise in Fast & Furious 9. Universal Pictures has kept details of Fast & Furious 9 mostly under wraps, but we’ve got another major casting news courtesy of the franchise’s veteran actor and producer Vin Diesel. In an Instagram post, Diesel revealed that both Charlize Theron and Helen Mirren will be reprising their roles from The Fate of the Furious. Diesel said:
“Week 3 Fast 9. Here on set. We’ve got a lot of the original cast here, including Oscar winners like Charlize Theron and Helen Mirren, and a few new surprises including John Cena, who I believe is gonna completely shine in the movie.”
In the franchise’s eighth entry, The Fate of the Furious, Charlize Theron played the villainous Cipher, a cyber-terrorist so ruthless, it made Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) join the good guys. Not only does Cipher kidnap Dominic Toretto’s kid, but she also murders the mother of the kid in cold blood. She was last seen jumping out of a plane with a parachute, before going off the grid.
Helen Mirren’s return is less exciting, not because she isn’t a talented force — she’s one of the best actresses of all time. But her role in the eighth movie as Owen and Deckard Shaw’s mom was one dimensional and boring. Mirren will also be appearing in the Fast & Furious spinoff Hobbs & Shaw later this year.
John Cena’s character is still a mystery. However, seeing that Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson will not be starring in Fast & Furious 9, one can speculate that John Cena will be playing a police officer of sorts. Whatever the case, here’s to hoping he lays the Attitude Adjustment on Dominic Toretto.
Fast & Furious 9 will be driving into cinemas in 2020.