Begging the question of just how fast, and just how furious, Vin Diesel can be over the course of his movie career, the new “F9” Fast & Furious 9 trailer has dropped and it’s pretty much everything fans could’ve hoped for. Set to arrive in theaters on June 25, 2021, the ninth installment of the hit franchise was – like other movies – impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and had originally been intended for release last year.
At the time, a long delay seemed unfathomable; since then, of course, the idea of going to a movie theater and sitting next to a couple hundred other people all coughing and shouting has seemed increasingly bizarre. Now, though, with COVID-19 vaccinations well underway, Universal seems confident it can get enough viewers – safely – into theaters again for “F9” to be a hit.
There is, it’s fair to say, a return of plenty of the popular themes from the last eight movies. Dramatic car chases, explosions, helicopters, motorcycles, martial arts, gun fights, and more. There’s even Helen Mirren – yes, really – and super-powered magnets capable of pushing cars and trucks around.
“The world has a way of changing, and we change too,” Diesel’s Dom Toretto says. “There are moments that separate us. But we always come back together.”
That includes a new addition to the character roster, with John Cena turning up as Dom’s younger brother, Jakob. It’s clearly not a happy relationship, with Jakob – who happens to be a professional assassin – teaming up with Cipher, played again by Charlize Theron, as the main villains of the piece.
The previous Fast & Furious movies have certainly delivered when it comes to box office takings, and though the series’ plots have been all the more madcap – and the stunts unlikely – that has done nothing to dim the appeal among audiences more than willing to suspend disbelief. With movie-goers starved of their theater time over the past 12+ months, meanwhile, the likelihood is that “F9” will make a big debut in late June.