Long time Fast and Furious director Justin Lin has stepped down as the director of the upcoming Universal film, Fast X.
Justin Lin is arguably the director who helped shaped the Fast and Furious franchise into what it is today. He started out helming the third and fourth installments, Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift and Fast & Furious which are both generally regarded as some of the franchise’s lesser installments. He then went on to direct Fast 5 and Fast & Furious 6 which gave the franchise its current identity. He then took a break from the series before returning for F9: The Fast Saga.
Justin Lin was originally set to direct Fast X with production having started earlier this month. However, in a new announcement, it was revealed that he was stepping back as the director of the new Universal film. It was not made entirely clear why he was leaving the position but would remain in a producer role for the movie.
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Here is the synopsis for the latest film in the franchise, F9: The Fast Saga:
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. 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, this year’s The Suicide Squad).
F9 sees the return of Justin Lin as director, who helmed the third, fourth, fifth and sixth chapters of the series when it transformed into a global blockbuster. The action hurtles around the globe—from London to Tokyo, from Central America to Edinburgh, and from a secret bunker in Azerbaijan to the teeming streets of Tblisi. Along the way, old friends will be resurrected, old foes will return, history will be rewritten, and the true meaning of family will be tested like never before.
Directed by Justin Lin from a script written by Daniel Casey, F9 stars Vin Diesel, John Cena, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Jordana Brewster, Nathalie Emmanuel, Cardi B, and Sung Kang, with Helen Mirren and Charlize Theron.
F9 is available on all home video formats. Fast X is currently set to hit theaters on May 19, 2023. Stay tuned for all the latest news surrounding the franchise and be sure to subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube franchise for more original video content.