We called it back in July 2020 about the Fast & Furious franchise leaving the constraints of gravity and the general laws of physics behind for the final frontier… space. Well, the latest trailer for the long-delayed dismissal of logic bundled into a movie has finally confirmed that they’ll be heading for the stars.
Franchise regular Ludacris dropped hints during an interview that indicated space was around the corner… or a couple of nitrous oxide bottles strapped to a rocket engine that was in turn bolted to a car.
Indeed, returning director Justin Lin confirmed that during an interview. Having left his mark on the franchise from the second to sixth movies, including the “The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift” (a Christopher Nolan favourite), he admitted that he wouldn’t return to helm another iteration unless it was for the right reason.
Outer space is as good a reason as any we suppose.
However, seeing the franchises regard for scientific accuracy, Lin said that he consulted rocket scientists seeing that the space element was coming into play.
We’re pretty sure the reasons behind consulting rocket scientists was to do the complete opposite in the movie.
While it would’ve been perfect for the cast to strap some nitrous oxide bottles on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and save Starman and his Tesla Roadster for Elon Musk, reality is often disappointing… or more absurd.
It appears that instead of getting a hand; or boost from Elon, they’ll instead take the budget route of strapping rockets onto a Pontiac Fiero. Understandably, there’s duct tape involved for the space suits.
Logic… am I right?
From low-level street racing and thievery to government-sanctioned thuggery, the franchise has come a long way. Since, then it’s gone on to include attack helicopters, submarines and now in Fast 9; planes with magnets.
In fact, powerful magnets look to be a focal point of the movie with a Toyota GT86 being pulled through a shop lot by a magnet and other chase scenes relying on magnets as well.
In case you’ve forgotten, Fast 9 will also bring back a character from the dead; Han. The beloved drifter seems to have been laying low in the streets of Tokyo after the crash in Tokyo Drift that he supposedly perished in.
The new antagonist will be played by John Cena, who takes on the role of Jakob Toretto, the never-before-seen brother of Dominic Toretto (played by Vin Diesel) and Mia Toretto. Mia makes a return to the franchise as well after the late Paul Walker’s character, Brian O’Connor, was retired due to his passing.