Days after it was announced Justin Lin would be stepping down as director of Fast X, it has been reported that Louis Leterrier is Universal’s top choice for his replacement.
Justin Lin, who has directed the last five Fast and Furious movies, announced earlier this week that he would be stepping down as director of the upcoming Fast X. While he has confirmed he will remain attached to the project as producer, this has left a vacancy to be filled and Universal will be eager to find a replacement quickly, with the film having already entered production.
Deadline are reporting that inside sources have named Louis Leterrier the frontrunner to take the reins on Fast X. The film is currently one week into production and the studio is confident the pause to production will be brief, which may suggest they are already anticipating an easy handover to Leterrier, with whom Universal Studio Chief Donna Langley has reportedly had a great working relationship over the years.
Louis Leterrier has an impressive resume, which certainly suggests he would be well-equipped to take on a project on the scale of Fast X. His past directorial credits include Marvel’s The Incredible Hulk, the 2010 remake of Clash of the Titans, and all ten episodes of Netflix’s The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance.
Fast X will see the return of Vin Diesel to the franchise, with much of F9‘s principal cast also expected to return. Brie Larson and Jason Momoa have also been cast as new additions to the Fast and Furious franchise.
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.