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The Key Movies To Watch Before F9

While gearing up for the release of F9, there are certain movies from the Fast & Furious franchise that deserve a rewatch. The ninth movie in The Fast Saga is finally hitting theaters in June after various delays, primarily due to the coronavirus pandemic. While fans have been patiently waiting two years for Justin Lin’s new sequel, it has provided ample time for a franchise rewatch. Thankfully, time for eight full movies is unnecessary as there are only a handful of crucial installments that deserve a watch.

The franchise starring Vin Diesel and Paul Walker as Dominic Toretto and Brian O’Conner, respectively, launched in 2001 with a tale about criminals and illegal street racing. After two sequels, the series from Universal made a shift by steering away from street racing and diving into heists, and the takedown of drug lords, corrupt businessmen, and terrorists. Despite having criminal records, Dom, Brian, and their team partnered with government agents like Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) for special missions, each more dangerous than the last. Two decades later, The Fast Saga is heading into its ninth movie while the franchise also has a spinoff, Hobbs & Shaw, and an animated spinoff, Netflix’s Spy Racers. Following the release of F9, the saga will consist of two more movies before coming to an end.

Related: Fast & Furious Recap: The Biggest Questions F9 Needs To Answer

F9 is putting Dom back at the center as he goes up against a familiar foe, who has the help of a family member: Jakob Toretto (John Cena). Dom having a brother was never revealed up to this point, and the movie will take the theme of family to a new level with the latest conflict surrounding brother versus brother. While F9 will ultimately welcome new elements, it will also be building from existing storylines. That said, here’s every previous Fast & Furious movie that deserves a rewatch.

The Fast And The Furious (2001)
Dom and Brian look concerned after surviving a car crash in The Fast and the Furious

Viewers preparing for the events at the center of F9 should go all the way back to the beginning with 2001’s The Fast and the Furious. The movie directed by Rob Cohen ultimately launched the epic franchise by introducing characters who would go on to lead a film series spanning decades. Of course, at the center is Dom, who is the glue that holds the franchise together. Though Dom wasn’t in 2 Fast 2 Furious, nor was he a prominent figure in Tokyo Drift, Diesel was brought back for the fourth installment and has been the key piece of the puzzle ever since. While so much time has passed, it’s essential to return to the first entry in The Fast Saga to get a refresher on Dom’s origins.

F9 will heavily involve Dom’s relationship with his younger brother, Jakob. In doing so, it could further retcon some of what’s known regarding Dom’s origins. The Fast and the Furious also introduced Dom’s surviving family and closest figures in his life. Aside from his sister, Mia Toretto (Jordana Brewster), the movie featured his future wife, Letty Ortiz (Michelle Rodriguez). Both women become vital characters in future installments, but Jakob, on the other hand, was never mentioned. F9 will surely fill in some of the gaps missing from The Fast Saga’s first movie and how it could potentially change how viewers perceive Dom’s origins.

The Fast And The Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006)
Tokyo Drift Sean and Fast Five Han

When The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift first released in 2006, it could technically be categorized as a standalone installment. Aside from the brief cameo by Dom at the end of the movie, the plot shifts to a different setting with entirely new characters. Despite the death of Sung Kang’s Han in the movie, he was brought back for future installments, retconning Tokyo Drift’s place in the timeline. Seeing as Han is returning to F9 after missing out on the last two sequels, it’s important to take a look back at his original Fast & Furious performance.

Related: Fast & Furious: Han’s Story Timeline Explained

In addition to Han’s return, F9 will be bringing back fellow Tokyo Drift characters like Sean Boswell (Lucas Black), Twinkie (Bow Wow), and Earl Hu (Jason Tobin). Without understanding their background, it would be difficult to gauge the significance of their involvement in Dom’s new mission against Jakob. This will be the first time the trio joins Dom’s crew while additionally presenting a major reunion for cast members who haven’t starred together in a Fast & Furious movie for a decade and a half.

Fast & Furious 6 (2013)
The fast and Furious 6 cast standing in front of some cars.

Considering F9 will involve Han and his return, it’s important to return to the key moments of the character’s arc. With Tokyo Drift being retconned, the movie’s events were said to occur following the events of Fast & Furious 6. The movie centered on Dom’s crew taking down Owen Shaw (Luke Evans), and by the end, Han returned to Tokyo after the death of his love, Gisele Yashar (Gal Gadot). In Fast & Furious 6’s mid-credits scene, it was revealed Han’s death in Tokyo Drift was caused by Owen’s brother, Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham). It’s pivotal to go back over the turn of the events in connection to Han’s presence in F9.

Since his death, diehard fans hoped there was a way to bring back Kang’s character while subsequently starting a “Justice for Han” campaign. Viewers got their wish when the first F9 trailer confirmed Han’s return, proving he didn’t die in the fiery wreck depicted in Tokyo Drift and Fast & Furious 6. Still, it’s imperative to experience the full range of emotions involving Han’s journey ahead of his grand return to the franchise.

The Fate Of The Furious (2017)
Vin diesel Fate of the furious elena doms baby

The last Fast & Furious movie to rewatch ahead of F9 would be the previous installment, The Fate of the Furious. Released in 2017, The Fate of the Furious marked the first movie in the saga not to include Brian O’Conner due to Paul Walker’s death. While his absence was felt, the story propelled in a new direction by making Dom work alongside the primary antagonist, Cipher (Charlize Theron). With Cipher set to return in F9 after teaming up with Dom, it would be beneficial to get a reminder of Cipher’s past with Dom, including how she was able to manipulate him.

The Fate of the Furious also featured integral moments involving Dom and the franchise’s overall theme of family. The movie revealed Elena Neves (Elsa Pataky) had Dom’s baby, but she was killed shortly after the revelation. As the lone surviving parent, his role will change moving forward, as will Letty’s, who is married to Dom. With the major characters featured in The Fate of the Furious all set to return for F9, it’s not a bad idea to get a reminder on their characters ahead of the new movie. A rewatch will only help viewers put the whole picture together in this already massive story.

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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

Related Vin Diesel May Have Spoiled Fast & Furious 11’s Ending With $2.7 Billion Movie Comparison Dom’s death happening in Fast & Furious 11 may have been spoiled already, with Vin Diesel comparing the upcoming movie to another big franchise.

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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