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Which Fast & Furious Movie Each Returning F9 Character Is From

Several characters from the Fast & Furious franchise return for F9, and here are the movies each of them previously appeared in. The Fast Saga has become one of the biggest movie franchises in Hollywood. With a focus on family, the continued success of the Fast & Furious movies has allowed Universal’s franchise to bring back various characters with each installment. The series has a main cast of characters, but much like the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s connectivity, the Fast & Furious movies often bring back any individual who can fit in the specific story.

Directed by Justin Lin, F9 takes place years after The Fate of the Furious. The story begins with Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and Letty Ortiz (Michelle Rodriguez) living out in the country to raise Dom’s son Brian. They are roped back into their former lifestyles when Mr. Nobody (Kurt Russell) disappears and Dom’s secret brother Jakob (John Cena) is responsible. Dom and his usual crew reteam to take down Jakob and save the world from Project Ares. This results in Dom calling in favors from friends he’s met all across the Fast & Furious franchise and even includes the series’ long-awaited trip to space.

Related: F9 Cast Guide: Every New & Returning Character

F9 marks the second film in the main franchise without Brian O’Connor following Paul Walker’s tragic passing during Furious 7’s production. Other than he and Dwayne Johnson’s Luke Hobbs, F9 brings together the usual group of drivers. It also features multiple characters from previous Fast & Furious movies for cameos and supporting roles. Here’s which movie(s) the returning Fast & Furious characters in F9 have appeared in.

Dominic Toretto
Vin Diesel as Dom Toretto in Fast Five

Dominic Toretto has been with the franchise since The Fast and the Furious in 2001. He then appeared in The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift for a cameo at the very end. After this appearance, Vin Diesel has been back for every subsequent sequel in a starring role. This includes Fast & Furious, Fast Five, Fast & Furious 6, Furious 7, and The Fate of the Furious. His return in F9 marks his eighth appearance in the Fast & Furious franchise overall.

Letty Ortiz
Michelle Rodriguez as Letty Ortiz working on car engine in Fast & Furious 6

Michelle Rodriguez has played Letty Ortiz ever since The Fast and the Furious. She didn’t return until Fast & Furious in 2009, where Letty was killed early on. Rodriguez then came back in Fast & Furious 6 in which Letty was revealed to be alive but suffering amnesia. She appeared in Furious 7 and The Fate of the Furious prior to her latest role in F9, which is her sixth movie in the franchise overall.

Roman Pearce
Tyrese Gibson as Roman Pearce in Fate of the Furious

Roman Pearce (Tyrese Gibson) joined the franchise with 2 Fast 2 Furious as an old friend of Brian O’Connor. He didn’t return until Fast Five, where he officially became part of the franchise’s main group of characters. Roman has been seen in Fast & Furious 6, Furious 7, and The Fate of the Furious since then. His return in F9 is the sixth Fast & Furious movie he’s been a part of.

Related: Fast & Furious Complete Timeline (Including F9 Flashbacks & Retcons)

Tej Parker
Tej Parker driving a car in Fate of the Furious

Ludacris’ Tej Parker was another new addition to the Fast & Furious franchise in 2 Fast 2 Furious. The technological wiz was then recruited by Brian for the Fast Five heist. Tej became a recurring member of the franchise after this, with appearances in Fast & Furious 6, Furious 7, and The Fate of the Furious. He makes his sixth appearance overall with F9.

F9 Ramsey poses in front of a car

Nathalie Emmanuel’s Ramsey is a relatively new addition to the Fast & Furious franchise, but she’s already become an integral part of Dom’s team. She made her debut in Furious 7 as the inventor of God’s Eye and was saved by Brian. Ramsey then returned in The Fate of the Furious and makes her third appearance in the Fast & Furious franchise with F9.

Mia Toretto
Mia Toretto giving side eye in Fast and Furious 9

Jordana Brewster makes her sixth appearance in the Fast & Furious franchise as Mia Toretto with F9. She is one of the original stars of the series as she debuted in The Fast and the Furious. Brewster didn’t return as Mia until Fast & Furious, which solidified her romance with Brian O’Connor. She then appeared in Fast Five, Fast & Furious 6, and Furious 7 before getting in on the action with F9.

Sung Kang as Han in Fast And Furious Tokyo Drift

Sung Kang’s Han joined the Fast & Furious franchise in The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. Although the movie included Han’s death, the fan response to him resulted in the Fast & Furious timeline changing so he could return. His story now chronologically begins with 2009’s Fast & Furious, with him returning in Fast Five and Fast & Furious 6. Han is back in F9 due to another retcon so he can make his fifth appearance.

Related: F9: How Han Really Survived

Charlize Theron as Cipher in a flight simulator in F9

Charlize Theron’s Cipher only appeared in The Fate of the Furious prior to her return in F9. Cipher’s role in The Fate of the Furious was as the main villain, as she threatened Dom’s child with Elena to coerce him into working with her and against his crew. Although her plan wasn’t successful, Cipher did escape. F9 reveals that she was eventually captured, but she’s still a great manipulator.

Queenie flees from the police in Fast 9

Helen Mirren made her franchise debut in The Fate of the Furious as well. She had a cameo in The Fate of the Furious as Magdalene ‘Queenie’ Shaw, as she helped Dom figure out a plan to take on Cipher. Queenie then appeared in Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw for another small role. Her return in F9 marks her third movie in the Fast & Furious franchise.

Mr. Nobody
Mr Nobody giving orders in Furious 7.

Mr. Nobody (Kurt Russell) joined the Fast & Furious franchise in Furious 7. He recruited Dom and his team to work with his secret organization to rescue God’s Eye and get revenge on Deckard Shaw. Mr. Nobody comes back in The Fate of the Furious but passes off working directly with the team to Little Nobody (Scott Eastwood). For his appearance in F9, Mr. Nobody doesn’t interact with any other characters, as he goes missing and sends the team on their mission.

Sean Boswell

Lucas Black joined the Fast & Furious franchise during The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, where he played the lead role of Sean Boswell. After feeling like a standalone appearance, Sean Boswell made a cameo in Furious 7 as the film explored Han’s death. He now makes his third appearance in the franchise with F9.

Related: How F9 Is Already Setting Up Tokyo Drift 2

Sean and Twinkie inside an elevator in Tokyo Drift

Twinkie (Shad ‘Bow Wow’ Moss) originally appeared in The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. He was a friend to Sean Boswell and helped him get acclimated to the drifting world. He’s now back in F9, but he doesn’t like to be called Twinkie anymore.

Sean and Earl smiling in F9.

Earl (Jason Tobin) is back in F9 after previously only appearing in The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. He was part of Han’s crew and a friend to him during this time. His return in F9 shows Earl experimenting with rocket engines.

tego calderon don omar fast and furious

Santos (Don Omar) returns to the Fast & Furious franchise for F9 in multiple ways. The street racer from the Dominican Republic first appeared in Fast & Furious and returned in Fast Five. He then had a cameo in The Fate of the Furious. Santos appears at the end of F9, with a younger version of him appearing through flashbacks.


FBI agent Micahel Stasiak (Shea Whigham) appears in F9 for a small role. He joined the franchise in Fast & Furious as an antagonistic coworker of Brian O’Connor. Stasiak then returned in Fast & Furious 6 to help Brian get into prison. He and his severely broken nose are back in F9 for his third appearance in the franchise.

Related: Fast & Furious Recap: Every Event & Character To Know Before F9

fast and furious 5 vince

A young version of Vince appears in F9 through the movie’s flashback scenes. Vince originally appeared in The Fast and the Furious but didn’t return until Fast Five, where Vince died helping Dom.

Chad Lindberg as Jesse in Fast and the Furious

A younger version of Jesse also appears in F9 thanks to the movie’s flashbacks. The brilliant and young mechanic only appeared in The Fast and the Furious before, as he died in the film’s third act.

Tego Leo
Leo and Santos in Fast 5

A younger version of Tego Leo appears in F9 through flashbacks to Dom’s time in prison. The character originally appeared in Fast & Furious and returned for Fast Five and The Fate of the Furious. He is also mentioned in F9’s ending, where it is revealed he opened a restaurant.

Deckard Shaw
Deckard Shaaw behind the wheel of a car in Fate of the Furious

The post-credits scene for F9 includes the return of Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham). He originally joined the Fast & Furious franchise through a post-credits scene, as Deckard killed Han in Fast & Furious 6’s stinger. Shaw was then the main villain of Furious 7 and reluctantly worked with the team in The Fate of the Furious. He then headlined the franchise’s first spinoff movie, Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw. With his post-credits appearances included, Deckard has been in five movies, with more seemingly on the way.

MORE: F9’s End-Credits Scene Means Big Things For Fast 10 AND Hobbs & Shaw 2

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Fast & Furious 11 Release Delay & Filming Start Date Confirmed By Director


Fast and Furious 11
is facing a release date delay to Summer 2026 due to strikes, with director Louis Leterrier confirming the sequel will not be hitting its April 4, 2025 date.
Leterrier also confirms that filming starts in Fall 2025 after finishing a horror movie in September.
The final installment in the
Fast Saga
reunites Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto for one last ride, while also leaving the door open for other spinoffs.

After facing multiple delays due to the 2023 SAG-AFTRA and Writers Guild of America strikes, Fast and Furious 11 is seeing its release date delayed. The next installment in the Vin Diesel-fronted franchise is expected to be the last mainline sequel, while development continues on the Dwayne Johnson-led spinoff Hobbs & Reyes, a mysterious standalone movie penned by Fast X’s Zach Dean and a potential female-led spinoff. While a filming start date was never confirmed, Universal had previously set the movie for an April 2025 release date.

During a recent interview with Collider at a CCXP MX panel, Louis Leterrier was asked for an update on Fast and Furious 11. The director went on to confirm that the final mainline installment in the action franchise will no longer be making its April 4, 2025 release date, instead now aiming for a Summer 2026 release window with the filming start date being set for this fall. Check out what Leterrier said below:

It’s happening. It’s happening very, very soon. I’m able to shoot a little horror movie this summer. I’m finishing my horror movie on September 15th, and I start Fast on September 16th.

Will Fast 11’s Multiple Delays Help Or Hurt The Sequel?

Much like the tenth film before it, Fast and Furious 11 has faced a few behind-the-scenes hardships in its road to getting off the ground, namely the delays stemming from the 2023 strikes. While the latest movie seems to have retained its core creative team in comparison to the shift in directors from franchise vet Justin Lin to Leterrier on Fast X after reported creative differences between the former and Diesel, this change didn’t seem to help much with the continued downward trend recent sequels have seen from critics. Check out how the franchise’s Rotten Tomatoes scores compare below:

Title RT Critical Score RT Audience Score The Fast and the Furious 54% 74% 2 Fast 2 Furious 37% 50% The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift 37% 69% Fast & Furious 28% 67% Fast Five 78% 83% Fast & Furious 6 71% 84% Furious 7 81% 82% The Fate of the Furious 67% 72% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw 67% 88% F9: The Fast Saga 59% 82% Fast X 56% 84%

Even looking outside the Fast and Furious franchise, many movie sequels have found themselves hurt by various delays, be they from creative changes, general release shifts or other factors. The action genre in particular is one in which lengthier development periods can lead to diminishing returns, be it A Good Day to Die Hard, Rambo: Last Blood or Diesel’s own xXx: The Return of Xander Cage. While Fast and Furious 11 may only be getting pushed back by a year, the delay is nonetheless a concern that the final installment could find itself in trouble.

Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) looking angry with Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) looking unimpressed in Fast & Furious

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On the other hand, the longer wait for Fast and Furious 11 to close out the mainline series of movies could actually prove beneficial for the sequel. Though Leterrier may be busy with another project in the lead-up to filming the next installment, writers Oren Uziel and Christina Hodson should now have more than enough time to really look back at the script and ensure it learns from the critical missteps of recent installments to deliver a satisfying conclusion to the Dominic Toretto saga.

Source: Collider

Fast and Furious 11 temp poster Fast and Furious 11 Fast and Furious 11 is the final movie in the Fast Saga. It reunites Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto with the rest of the cast for one last ride. However, the franchise is open for spinoff films like Hobbs & Shaw afterward.Director Louis Leterrier Release Date April 4, 2025 Distributor(s) Universal Pictures Writers Christina Hodson , Oren Uziel

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Vin Diesel Already Has His Perfect Fast & Furious Replacement Franchise With 51-Year-Old Remake


Vin Diesel’s dominance in Fast & Furious is ending, but Kojak could kick off a new action franchise for him.
Kojak’s reboot faces an uncertain future, but its similarity to Fast & Furious makes it a worthy project for Diesel.
Diesel’s potential shift from criminal racer to cop signifies a fresh start in a possible Fast & Furious-like series.

Vin Diesel’s days of playing Dominic Toretto are numbered, but the actor has already found his perfect Fast & Furious replacement. Diesel found a major breakout role in the early 2000s thanks to participating in The Fast and the Furious. The original 2001 street racing crime movie became the springboard for a sprawling franchise that has lasted for over two decades. The success of the Fast & Furious movies transformed Vin Diesel’s career, turning him into an even bigger star, especially in the action movie genre. But, Fast & Furious 11 is planned as the final chapter for him and the franchise.

The Fast & Furious franchise’s end will put Vin Diesel in an unfamiliar position of not having a major franchise to lean back on. This presents the actor with various options, such as changing the course of his career to pursue non-franchise roles. However, the more likely outcome is that Diesel will attempt to find a new IP that can replace Fast & Furious. He has had trouble in that regard recently, with franchises like xXx or Riddick running cold and Bloodshot and The Last Witch Hunter failing to launch franchises. There is another option for Diesel, though.

2:03 Vin Diesel as Dominic Toretto from The Fast & Furious Franchise

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Kojak Can Be Vin Diesel’s New Action Crime Franchise After Fast & Furious
Diesel Has Been Developing The Reboot Since 2015

The impending conclusion of the Fast & Furious franchise means it is finally time for Vin Diesel’s Kojak reboot to get off the ground. The project was announced back in 2015 with Diesel re-teaming with Universal Pictures, the studio behind Fast & Furious, to develop a movie based on Kojak. The original TV series starred Telly Savalas as Theo Kokaj and ran for three seasons after debuting in 1973. The series revolves around Kojak, a New York detective known for being willing to go beyond the law and a love for cars and lollipops, and follows him as he investigates different cases.

Kojak was rebooted in 2005 as a TV show starring Ving Rhames, but it only ran for six episodes

Development on Vin Diesel’s Kojak movie has not been very active in the nine years since it was announced. However, it still maintains the base similarities to Fast & Furious, which makes the project a worthwhile endeavor for Diesel in terms of finding a new action franchise. He would now have another big action series about cars and crime, essentially making Kojak into a newer version of Fast & Furious. The irony here is that Diesel takes on the role of a cop after playing criminal racer Dominic Toretto.

Vin Diesel’s Involvement Can Morph Kojak Into A Major Action Franchise
Kojak Could Be A Fast & Furious Clone
Telly Savalas talking on the phone in Kojak

Looking at the original TV show, Kojak might not necessarily project to be a major blockbuster action franchise akin to Fast & Furious. The TV series was relatively grounded and small due to the nature of its production. However, the fact that Diesel and Universal pinpointed this property as something they wanted to revive together is telling. The announcement of Kojak’s reboot came months after Furious 7 debuted in theaters and took the franchise to new heights at the box office and in terms of how ridiculously big the action and story could get.

It’s sometimes difficult to remember that Fast & Furious started off with a story about DVD thieves who were also street racers before Diesel helped turn it into something much bigger. With that experience and success already behind him, it would be understandable if a similar path was envisioned for Kojak. The series could then morph into a Fast & Furious clone, one that gives Vin Diesel a new franchise to headline and Universal a “fresh” action franchise to grow.

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The Rock’s WWE Run Means Fast & Furious 11 Must Make 1 Major Hobbs Change


Hobbs from Fast & Furious 11 needs a gritty edge like The Rock’s WWE character to keep the franchise fresh and exciting.
The Rock’s time away from the Fast & Furious universe provides the perfect reason for Hobbs to return with a personal vendetta and a more savage attitude.
While Hobbs shouldn’t become a full-fledged villain in Fast & Furious 11, adding some edginess and dirty tricks could make his character more intriguing and dynamic.

Fast & Furious 11 must make one major Hobbs change after The Rock’s incredible WWE run. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s WWE return surpassed his recent movies, with the actor creating some of the best work of his career. Having returned to a thunderous reception, The Rock was able to flip the crowd’s reception by becoming a heel and playing a major part in WrestleMania’s main events. The Rock hasn’t played a villain on screen for years, as even his depiction of Black Adam lent more into the character’s anti-hero side, which made his wrestling run all the more refreshing.

While his wrestling character may not perfectly translate into the Fast & Furious universe, there is one aspect of The Rock’s WWE run that the franchise should attempt to implement. After debuting in Fast Five, The Rock’s best Fast & Furious scenes helped contribute to the movie series becoming so popular, with Luke Hobbs becoming an instrumental part of the story. He was even given his own spinoff alongside Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) and is set to get a solo movie in the future. Despite this, Hobbs would still benefit from adding one key aspect of The Rock’s WWE run.

The Rock’s WWE Run Proves Fast & Furious 11 Needs To Give Hobbs More Of An Edge
Fast & Furious Would Benefit From Hobbs Adopting Some Of The Rock’s WWE Tendancies
Dwayne The Rock Johnson in Black Adam, WWE, and Hobbs and Shaw

Given how electrifying The Rock’s recent WWE run was, there is no doubt Fast & Furious 11 needs to give Hobbs more of an edge. Although the character has had his more serious moments, like most of the Fast & Furious cast, Hobbs tends to mix action with comedy. Hobbs and Shaw are supposed to be two of the more stoic heroes, yet they are constantly at each other’s throats and cracking jokes to help maintain the franchise’s lighthearted core. However, giving Hobbs a grittier side would help the character thrive upon his return.

The Rock’s Fast & Furious return may redeem Fast X’s box office, but the character needs to come back stronger than ever. By allowing him to be more ruthless, he can still maintain some elements of comedy but also become more interesting in the process. Johnson proved that despite being a detestable heel, he was still as hilarious as ever during his recent WWE tenure. This proves that he can maintain Fast & Furious’ tone and humorous style while being more layered; therefore, Hobbs adopting some of The Rock’s WWE characteristics could make him even more entertaining.

Fast & Furious Already Has A Reason For Hobbs To Be More Savage
Hobbs Has Been Away From The Franchise For Several Years

Making a major change to Hobbs’ character could be tough to explain, but Fast & Furious 11 already has a great reason to make him more savage. His four-year absence from the franchise gives him a perfect excuse to come back with a vengeance and potentially have a personal attachment to Fast & Furious 11’s villains. Hobbs’ time away from the main story could be explained through a connection to Fast X’s secondary villain, Aimes. Aimes’ villain twist in Fast X was well executed and suggests he’ll be around for the sequel, which is the perfect reason to bring back Hobbs.

Having a more personal story with one of the villains could allow Hobbs to continue his great quips and one-liners, but it would also give him more of an edge.

Fast X never explained why he’s back, but having a personal vendetta against Aimes could be an intriguing reason. Given Dom and Dante are the focal point of the franchise’s conclusion, Hobbs returning to take down Aimes would avoid overshadowing the main story while still giving him an interesting role. Having a personal story with one of the villains could allow Hobbs to continue his great quips and one-liners, while also giving him more of an edge. This provides The Rock with the perfect reason to implement some of his heel traits while still portraying a morally good hero.

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Why Fast & Furious Can’t Bring The Rock Back As A Villain
Hobbs Already Appeared As An Antagonist In Fast Five
A custom image featuring Dwayne Johnson as Luke Hobbs in the Fast and Furious movies Custom image by Debanjana Chowdhury

Although The Rock’s villainous tendencies worked well in the WWE, Fast & Furious can’t bring him back as an antagonist. Johnson already played the main villain of Fast Five, as Hobbs was originally an enemy of Dom and his crew before becoming an ally. Hobbs’ role in Fast Five was one of his best, but despite being the main antagonist, he always had a level of integrity. Dropping all of this to make him a villain in the final movie would be completely unnecessary, especially as the franchise needs him to remain a hero for his spinoff.

Fast & Furious 11 may end the main story, but The Rock will be part of the franchise beyond this, and altering his character so drastically wouldn’t make any sense. Instead, adding some extra edge to his character would have the same effect and would avoid stealing the thunder from Dante and Aimes. Although Fast & Furious 11 shouldn’t make him a villain, the film can still allow Hobbs to play dirty and pull some cheap tricks in order to show a grittier side, while letting him taunt his enemies when he inevitably helps save the day.

Fast & Furious 11
is scheduled to be released in theaters on April 4, 2025.

Fast and Furious 11 temp poster Fast and Furious 11 Fast and Furious 11 is the final movie in the Fast Saga. It reunites Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto with the rest of the cast for one last ride. However, the franchise is open for spinoff films like Hobbs & Shaw afterward.Director Louis Leterrier Release Date April 4, 2025 Distributor(s) Universal Pictures Writers Christina Hodson , Oren Uziel

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