F9: The Fast Saga becomes the latest victim of the COVID release reshuffle
Hot on the heels that the James Bond film ‘No Time To Die‘ has been delayed until April 2nd next year, we now are getting the news that ‘Fast & Furious 9‘ (F9) has also been delayed. The film was due to open in theatres on April 2nd, the date that Bond has now taken. As both films are handled by Universal Pictures, it seems stupid to open two of their biggest films against each other. The delay though isn’t too bad as the film will now open on May 28th, 2021 instead, a delay of fifty-six days.
The film was due to open this summer until COVID reared its ugly head, forcing the filmmakers to postpone the film by almost a year. This new delay means the film will join 007 in being delayed by just over a year in total. The ‘Furious‘ movies are a big cash cow for Universal and earn big in the overseas markets, the same as the Bond films do. They usually have budgets of over $200million and depend on these markets to draw in the big bucks.
‘F9‘ sees Justin Lin return to the director’s chair once more and again stars Vin Diesel as Dom Toretto, this time facing off against his younger brother, Jakob, played by franchise newcomer John Cena. Jakob is a deadly assassin who is working for Cipher (the returning Charlize Theron) who has set her sights on Dom and his ‘family’ for his betrayal in the previous film. Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Jordana Brewster, Helen Mirren, and Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges also return as does Sung Kang as Han, despite the character being killed off in the end credits of ‘Furious 6‘.
‘Fast & Furious 9‘ now opens May 28th, 2021
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