Guardians of the Galaxy Star Joins Fast & Furious 9

Guardians of the Galaxy star Michael Rooker has joined Fast & Furious 9.

According to Deadline, Rooker will play a character named Buddy in the film. Further details about his role were not disclosed.

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In addition to playing Yondu in the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise, Rooker is known for his roles as Merle Dixon on AMC's The Walking Dead and Rowdy Burns in 1990's Days of Thunder. He joins WWE wrestler John Cena, MMA fighter Francis Ngannou and several more new faces for the upcoming ninth installment in the hit car-centric action franchise. Charlize Theron and Helen Mirren are set to return for the movie after making their franchise debuts in Fate of the Furious.

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Little is known about Fast & Furious 9 at this time. A tenth film in the franchise is slated for release in 2021. That movie is seemingly set to be the final mainline film in the franchise, which has grossed over $5 billion worldwide. The series' first spinoff film, Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, released in theaters earlier this month.

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Fast & Furious 9 will be helmed by Justin Lin, who directed the third, fourth, fifth and sixth entries in the Fast & Furious franchise. Fast & Furious 9 is slated for a May 22, 2020 release.

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