F9 (also known as Fast & Furious 9) is a 2021 American action film directed by Justin Lin, who also co-wrote the screenplay with Daniel Casey. It is the sequel to The Fate of the Furious (2017), the ninth main installment, and the tenth full-length film released overall in the Fast & Furious franchise. The first film since Fast & Furious 6 (2013) to be directed by Lin and the first since 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003) not to be written by Chris Morgan, F9 stars Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, John Cena, Jordana Brewster, Nathalie Emmanuel, Sung Kang, Michael Rooker, Helen Mirren, Kurt Russell, and Charlize Theron.
With a ninth and tenth film confirmed since 2014, Justin Lin was confirmed to be returning to direct F9 in October 2017. Cena joined the cast in June 2019 and principle photography began that same month, lasting through November and shooting in London, Los Angeles, and Thailand.
F9 was originally scheduled for worldwide release in April 2020, but was delayed several times, first due to the releases of Hobbs & Shaw (2019) and No Time to Die (2021), and then the COVID-19 pandemic. It was released in Hong Kong and South Korea on May 19, 2021, and is scheduled to be in the United States on June 25. The film received mixed reviews with praise for the performances, visuals, stunts, and Lin’s direction but criticism for its unrealistic action sequences and formulaic script. It has grossed over $270 million worldwide, making it the fourth highest-grossing film of 2021.
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