Brace for whiplash, all you revved-up gearheads: Universal Pictures is cooling the engines on the planned release of the upcoming ninth chapter in the Fast & Furious franchise. Thanks to ongoing production and release stall-outs that’ve resulted in a cascade of film delays across the board, F9 is downshifting to cruise into theaters more than month after its originally-planned release date next spring.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Justin Lin-directed FF sequel is slowing its roll for Vin Diesel and the rest of the unleaded F9 cast, switching its planned April 2, 2021 debut to instead cross the finish line nearly two months later on May 28 — which will still give the hugely anticipated followup to 2017’s The Fate of the Furious a big memorial Day weekend release.
As we’ve seen with many blockbusters already shuffled farther down the calendar thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, the F9 delay is part of a larger studio trend that’s pushing some of the biggest big-screen names a little later into 2021. Earlier today, MGM revealed that No Time to Die — Daniel Craig’s James Bond swan song — is being pushed from March of next year until Apr. 2 (which, totally by coincidence, was meant to be F9’s original premiere date).
Starring Diesel alongside John Cena, Michelle Rodriguez, Charlize Theron, Tyrese Gibson, Jordana Brewster, Cardi B, and Ludacris, F9 is set to go full throttle — after its second (and hopefully final) delay — on May 28 of next year.