While Keanu Reeves may not have appeared as a villain in this summer's Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, there are longstanding plans to incorporate the fan-favorite actor into the Fast & Furious franchise in the future.
Longtime franchise screenwriter and producer Chris Morgan confirmed he has met with Reeves to discuss potentially joining the franchise while promoting the home video release of Hobbs & Shaw.
"I sat down with him and we’re talking about [getting him to join]. I wanted him to be in the Fast Universe for a very long time," Morgan told Screen Rant. "The hardest thing is always time and competing schedules and then designing the right thing together. My fervent desire is to bring him into this franchise for sure."
Reeves had been approached to appear as a shadowy villain in Hobbs & Shaw, with star and producer Dwayne Johnson later revealing the timing for the actor to appear in the spinoff hadn't quite worked out. With Fast & Furious 9 having just wrapped principal photography, Reeves likely won't appear in the coming sequel either.
Fast & Furious 9 will be helmed by Justin Lin, who directed the third, fourth, fifth and sixth entries in the Fast & Furious franchise. It stars Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Nathalie Emmanuel, Helen Mirren, Charlize Theron, and Michael Rooker. Cardi B, John Cena, Finn Cole, Anna Sawai, Vinnie Bennett and Ozuna are also set to appear. Fast & Furious 9 is slated for a May 22, 2020 release.