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Vin Diesel returns as Dominic Toretto in Fast & Furious 9directed by Justin Lin.

Universal Pictures released the first full trailer for Fast and furious 9, the latest installment in its billion-dollar franchise. It’s nearly four full minutes of all the ridiculously over-the-top mayhem we’ve come to expect from Domininc Toretto (Vin Diesel) and his merry band of badass misfits. And no wonder: director Justin Lin is back on board, who was at the helm from 2006 Tokyo Drift and the next three parts before we pass the baton to James Wan for Furious 7

Fast and furious 9 is the sequel to 2017 The Fate of the Furious, in which Dom is forced to follow the orders of a cyber-terrorist named Cipher (Charlize Theron). During a complicated plot, Dom discovers that his former lover, DSS agent Elena Neves (Elsa Pataky), bore him a son. Elena does not survive the film, but the boy does. And of course, Dom and his company ultimately save the day.

News of a planned ninth and tenth film to complete the franchise broke in 2016, with F&F9 initially slated for an April 2019 release. It was moved to this year to make way for the 2019 spin-off film, Hobbs and Shaw, starring Dwayne Johnson and Jason Stratham in the title roles. There were already rumors of tension between Johnson and Diesel on the set of The Fate of the Furiousand the ninth film’s delay sparked a bitter outburst on Instagram by co-star Tyrese Gibson, who plays team member Roman Pearce in the franchise.

In this ninth episode, Dom and his crew take on a master thief, assassin and top racer who happens to be Dom’s younger brother Jakob (John Cena). As the trailer opens, we see Dom living a quiet, rural existence, raising his son Brian with the help of his wife Letty (Michelle Rodriguez). “I used to live a quarter of a mile at a time,” he says in a voiceover. ‘But things change. I’m a father now.’ Unfortunately, things won’t be peaceful for long: “No matter how fast you are, no one can escape their past. And mine just caught up with me.”

And who is hunting Jacob? none other than F&F8‘s criminal mastermind Cipher. Wanting revenge after Dom foils her original plans, she assures Jacob that he is smarter and stronger than Dom – though she wonders if Jakob can ever bring himself to kill his older brother, which of course she’s eager to do. We get a glimpse of Magdalene Shaw (Helen Mirren), mother of Deckard and Owen, offering some pearls of wisdom. “There is nothing more powerful than the love of family,” she says. “But if you turn that into anger, there’s nothing more dangerous.”

Of course, there’s all kinds of material damage, punches and deadly jumps, as well as plenty of high-speed chases and explosions, because that’s what this franchise is all about: the characters and the awesome stunts. We also get a Pontiac Fiero equipped with a rocket engine and a “magnet plane” piloted by Cipher. As a final surprise, we see Han Lue (Sung Kang) greeting his former colleagues. He was presumably murdered by Shaw in Tokyo Drift† [Clarification: Han Lue did appear in subsequent films: 2009’s Fast & Furious, Fast Five (2011), and Fast & Furious 6 (2013), all of which were set chronologically before Tokyo Drift. 2015’s Furious 7 picks up where Tokyo Drift left off and depicts Han’s funeral. From a chronological standpoint within the franchise timeline, Han has been presumed dead since then.]

Let’s face it: plot has never been the franchise’s forte. F&F9 will probably make about as much sense as its predecessors — in other words, not logical at all. And fans wouldn’t want it any other way.

Fast and furious 9 opens in theaters May 22, 2020. A 10th and final film is slated for the franchise, for release on April 2, 2021.

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