In order to avoid MGM’s new April 2, 2021 slot for No Time to Die, Universal is delaying its next blockbuster, F9, to a future date. The ninth installment of the Fast & Furious series will now debut on May 28, 2021, marking another postponement for a hugely popular franchise (F9’s original premiere date was April 2020).
Amusingly, Universal’s original plan was to release Fast & Furious 10 by April 2021. Fans have joked about Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and his crew making their way into space for the tenth film, but we’ll have to wait a little longer to see how ridiculous the Fast & Furious franchise can really get.
Assuming it doesn’t get postponed again, Universal’s F9 will be going up against Disney’s live-action Cruella de Vil (101 Dalmatians) film and Paramount’s Mark Wahlberg vehicle, Infinite, on Memorial Day Weekend. Directed by Antoine Fuqua, the latter centers around a man who realizes that his hallucinations are visions from past lives.
“Vin Diesel’s Dom Toretto is leading a quiet life off the grid with Letty and his son, little Brian, but they know that danger always lurks just over their peaceful horizon,” reads F9’s official synopsis. “This time, that threat will force Dom to confront the sins of his past if he’s going to save those he loves most. His crew joins together to stop a world-shattering plot led by the most skilled assassin and high-performance driver they’ve ever encountered: a man who also happens to be Dom’s forsaken brother, Jakob (John Cena, next year’s The Suicide Squad).”