The final two Fast & Furious films will see the return of franchise mainstays director Justin Lin and actor Jordana Brewster.
“You wanted 9 and 10 to be incredible,” star Vin Diesel said while making the announcement on a Facebook Live stream. “We’ve heard your concerns about the saga and where it needs to arrive in its final chapters.” He then welcomed Lin and Brewster into the video to confirm their involvement.
Lin joined the Fast & Furious franchise with 2006’s The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, and stayed on to direct the next three films. He helped shepherd the series from its street-racing roots to the globetrotting, action-adventure franchise it is today. One of the major factors in helping the Fast & Furious movies reach a larger audience was the addition of Dwayne Johnson in 2011’s Fast Five. It's unclear in what capacity Lin will be involved in Fast and Furious 9.
Brewster last appeared as Mia Toretto in 2015's Furious 7, which also marked the final film for Paul Walker before his death in a tragic car accident. In the film, she and Walker's Brian Hobbs retire from the Fast & Furious team to raise a family.
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The Fate of the Furious, the franchise’s eighth installment, earned $1.2 billion worldwide earlier this year. It was directed by F. Gary Gray and starred Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Scott Eastwood, Nathalie Emmanuel, Elsa Pataky, Kurt Russell and Charlize Theron.
Universal Pictures has ordered two additional films to finish out the series, which would mean Fast and Furious 9 will eventually be followed by one final movie in the series.