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      Vin Diesel Reveals John Cena's Addition to Fast & Furious 9 Cast


      Actor Vin Diesel reveals John Cena’s casting for Fast & Furious 9. In a video clip posted to Instagram, Diesel discusses his spiritual connection to the late Paul Walker, who starred in the first six franchise films, and then welcomes Cena into the family.
      In 2001, Universal Pictures released The Fast and the Furious, a crime action film in which Walker’s Brian Conner infiltrates a Los Angeles car hijacking organization run by Diesel’s Dominic Toretto. The first franchise film was directed by Rob Cohen, based on a script that was co-written by David Ayer (Suicide Squad). Michelle Rodriguez and Jordana Brewster rounded out the main cast, and reprised their roles in subsequent installments. Produced for $38 million, The Fast and the Furious made over $207 million at the box office and inspired seven sequels. Diesel has previously stated that the franchise will end after the 10th film, with the ninth set to release on May 22, 2020. In the upcoming spinoff Hobbs & Shaw, Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham reprise their franchise roles. Last January, Johnson confirmed that he won’t appear inFast & Furious 9.


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      Diesel revealed the Cena casting news with an emotional video post that's captioned with “Thank you Pablo.” In the clip, Diesel’s appearance resembles his iconic franchise character, as filming was reportedly scheduled to begin on April 20. The actor states that he’s “always thinking fast,” and discusses his intention to make something “iconic." From there, Diesel talks about the aforementioned Walker, and how “Pablo” seems to send people into his life “every blue moon.” Diesel briefly pauses to collect his thoughts, and references “another soldier for the fight for truth.” He ultimately reveals that somebody "came by Toretto Gym," with Cena then making a silent appearance, albeit with a grin and a wink of the eye. Diesel ends the clip by stating “all love, always.” Check out the full Instagram post below.



      In 2013, Walker was killed in a car accident at the age of 40. Upon his death, Walker’s brothers were used as stand-ins to complete filming for Furious 7, a James Wan-directed film that was produced for $190 million and made over $1.5 billion theatrically. In 2017, F. Gary Gray directed The Fate of the Furious, which marked yet another franchise hit. Justin Lin will direct Fast & Furious 9, this coming after he previously helmed four of the franchise’s films.
      For Fast & Furious 9, John Cena’s casting will undoubtedly fill a void left by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Both have universal fan bases thanks to their pro wrestling careers, and both have successfully transitioned into A-list feature film stars. But whereas Johnson brings the brawn and big comedic lines, Cena has displayed his ability to balance a physical presence with oddball comedy. Based on Cena’s appearance in Diesel’s Instagram video, hisFast & Furious 9 character appears to be more of a screwball than a traditional hero.


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      Fast & Furious 9 Officially Casts John Cena



      John Cena has been officially cast in the as-yet-untitled Fast & Furious 9. Although his casting was already revealed back in April in a posting on Vin Diesel’s Instagram, now official confirmation has come down that Cena will be a part of the action franchise, with the newest installment set to start filming later this month.
      The Fast and the Furious franchise began back in 2001, with its first entry of the same name featuring undercover police officer Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker) infiltrating a group of street racers led by Dominic Toretto (Diesel) who are suspected of being behind a number of transport truck hijackings. The film received only average reviews and was frequently commented to be little more than a riff on Point Break, swapping surfboards for street racing, but a large box office return on a modest budget secured its continuation. It initially moved forwards without Diesel when he opted to make The Chronicles of Riddick, but he returned for a cameo in Fast & Furious: Tokyo Drift and fully in part four, Fast & Furious. As the series progressed, each subsequent installment began to feature increasingly greater physics-defying stunts, growing into the over-the-top explosive action for which it is known today.



      The news of John Cena officially joining Fast & Furious 9 has been confirmed by Universal (via Deadline). Exactly who he will be playing, as well as whether his character will be a hero or villain (or, like many of the series’ characters, something in between) is currently still under wraps. The only official description of his character is that he is “a badass,” which is not much of a revelation as this describes about 90% of the entire franchise.




      John Cena initially made his name as a wrestler performing in WWE, joining its main roster in 2002, first as a white rapper characterand then a military man during the promotion of his first starring role in The Marine. His notoriety and popularity grew, leading to his becoming World Champion in 2005, going on the gain championship titles a record 16 times.


      Unsurprisingly, his initial acting roles were in action movies in line with the tough persona most professional wrestlers portray by default, but in the last few years he has displayed a great deal of comedic talent with supporting roles in the likes of Trainwreck and Sisters, and as one of the main leads inBlockers, while his performance as the main human antagonist inTransformers spinoff Bumblebee showcased a little more range. Although he has largely left wrestling behind, he does make the occasional surprise return.
      Even though it was already all but a known fact that Cena would be featured inFast & Furious 9, Diesel’s video didn’t explicitly state it, so the official confirmation of his appearance removes any lingering doubt. The addition of “franchise Viagra” Dwayne Johnson proved a masterstroke in increasing the saga’s popularity, so it stands to reason that the inclusion of another charismatic former wrestler should have a similar effect, especially sinceJohnson won’t be appearing in Fast & Furious 9, instead joint headliningHobbs & Shaw, the first of what will likely be several spinoff films. Given the increasing evidence of Cena’s versatility, it will be surprising if his presence has anything other than a positive effect on the film.

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