'Fast & Furious 9' Delayed For a Third Time

Bob Sorokanich
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Photo credit: Universal Pictures
Photo credit: Universal Pictures

From Road & Track

F9: The Fast Saga, the long-anticipated ninth installment in the outrageously successful Fast & Furious franchise, has been delayed for a third time, Entertainment Weekly reports. The new debut is set for June 25, 2021.

The latest Furious movie was originally slated to debut on May 21, 2020. But back in March of last year, Universal Studios announced that, in light of the global pandemic, the movie release would be rescheduled to April 2, 2021, nearly a full year's delay. Then, in October 2020, the studio postponed the release for a second time, pushing to May 28, 2021. This time, the delay was chalked up to an inadvertent double-booking: Universal had picked April 2, 2021 for the release of the latest James Bond film, No Time to Die, and the studio didn't want to stack its two biggest blockbuster franchises on the same weekend.

So, it was set for May 28... until today. As EW reports, Universal has shuffled a number of release dates (including another reschedule for No Time to Die), a trend that's echoed by other movie studios as the industry tries to anticipate when audiences will be able and willing to return to movie theaters.

Coincidentally, F9: The Fast Saga will now debut just three days after the 20th anniversary of the release of the original film, The Fast and the Furious, that launched the extremely profitable (and exceedingly unbelievable) series, which has destroyed more than 1400 stunt cars over the past two decades.

F9 will see the series debut of John Cena, playing Dom Toretto's brother; Sung Kang returns to the series as beloved (and long thought dead) Tokyo Drift charmer Han. And Furious fan Dame Helen Mirren will finally get to hop behind the wheel of one of the many ridiculous vehicles we expect to see in the film.

To tide you over until May, check out the first full F9 trailer here, as well as the subsequent trailer that debuted during the 2021 Super Bowl. And

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