'Fast & Furious' franchise to end with 11th movie directed by Justin Lin

Ben Arnold
·Contributor
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Vin Diesel in The Fate of the Furious (Credit: Universal Pictures)
Vin Diesel in The Fate of the Furious (Credit: Universal Pictures)

The Fast & Furious franchise will put on the brakes with its 11th film, it's been confirmed.

According to Variety, regular director Justin Lin will helm the final two chapters in the long-running muscle car series.

In all, Lin has directed the third, fourth, fifth, sixth and ninth Fast & Furious movies, and will make the 10th and 11th too, the last two movies being a two-part affair.

The ninth movie, which wrapped filming last November, was due to be released this year, but due to the coronavirus pandemic it was pushed to 28 May, 2021.

Watch: Fast & Furious 9 trailer

It will introduce John Cena in his F&F debut, playing Jakob Torreto, younger brother of Vin Diesel's Dom and Jordana Brewster's Mia Toretto.

Jakob, an assassin, is now working with Charlize Theron's Cipher, the cyberterrorist she played in Fast & Furious 8.

Read more: John Cena promises answered questions in F&F 9

As well as regulars Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris and Nathalie Emmanuel, rapper Cardi B is also on the bill as Leysa, a woman with whom Dom has 'history'.

The franchise has been a box office phenomenon for Universal, with a combined worldwide haul of nearly $6 billion since 2001.

(Credit: Universal Pictures)
(Credit: Universal Pictures)

Fast & Furious 7 was the watershed moment, the movie making nearly double that of its predecessor, coining in $1.5 billion alone.

However, it was also the movie in which they lost co-star Paul Walker, who died in an off-set car accident in 2013.

But this will likely not mean the end of the lucrative franchise altogether.

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Spin-off movie Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, in which Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham reprised their roles from the main movie strand – Agent Luke Hobbs and villain Deckard Shaw – did solid business last year, making $760 million.

A sequel was confirmed by Johnson in March this year.

Watch: Hobbs & Shaw featurette