John Cena has officially joined the cast of ‘Fast and Furious 9’.
The 42-year-old actor and professional wrestler was believed to be joining the lineup for the upcoming movie back in April when the star of the series Vin Diesel teased his involvement, and on Friday (07.06.19), Universal officially confirmed he will be appearing in the film.
John’s character is currently still under wraps, but Deadline has reported he will be playing “a bada**”.
The WWE star confirmed the news himself in a Tweet which read: “For nearly 20 years, the Fast Franchise has entertained fans and created some of the biggest cinematic moments in history. It’s an incredible honor to join this franchise and this family. ”
For nearly 20 years, the Fast Franchise has entertained fans and created some of the biggest cinematic moments in history. It’s an incredible honor to join this franchise and this family. https://t.co/7GFzDsX8sl
— John Cena (@JohnCena) June 7, 2019
‘Fast and Furious 9’ will start production later this month for a May 2020 release, and is being written by Dan Casey using a story by Justin Lin.
Vin Diesel is producing through his One Race Films banner, and Justin Lin will also produce through Perfect Storm Entertainment.
The inclusion of John Cena in the story comes as both Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and Jason Statham will be sitting this installment out, as they’re both busy filming a spin-off movie about their own characters, entitled ‘Hobbs and Shaw’.
Alongside John and Vin, Jordana Brewster is on board to reprise her role as Mia Toretto, who was last seen in ‘Furious 7′, which served as the send-off for her on-screen husband Brian O’Connor, played by the late Paul Walker.
And Michelle Rodriguez is also set to return as Letty Ortiz after a female writer joined the production following Michelle’s complaints that she was originally unsure about coming back to the series due to being disappointed with how the series’ female characters were treated.
As earlier reported by The Sauce, the first trailer for the much anticipated ‘Fast & Furious’ spin-off titled ‘Hobbs & Shaw’ has debuted, and it’s just as over-the-top as you’d expect. The trailer which was released on YouTube on February 1st, 2019 already has 16 million views and counting.
42-year-old John Cena made a great career for himself as a wrestler on WWE. During his time there, he earned several championship belts and even faced off against The Rock also known as Dwayne Johnson at WrestleMania XXVIII. More recently, Cena has decreased his appearances at WWE, focusing more on his acting career.
His first major part in a movie was his role in ‘Psych: The Movie” in 2017, since then he has been a couple of movies including the 2018 movie “Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”.