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Every Easter Egg & Reference Explained

F9: The Fast Saga is loaded with Easter eggs and references to the rest of the Fast and Furious franchise. As the ninth core film in the series and the tenth film overall (11th when counting the unofficial Han prequel film Better Luck Tomorrow), F9 has plenty of material to pull in from throughout the franchise’s history. The new movie also deals specifically with the unseen past of Dom, Letty and Mia, opening up more opportunities to reference the series’ roots.

To start, F9 includes several references that are central to the film’s plot. The opening flashback scene of Dom, Jakob, and Mia’s father dying in racing accident is exactly how it’s described in the original movie, as is Dom’s assault on the driver responsible. The origins of the Toretto family Charger, which Dom and Jakob worked on with their dad, are also revealed, and Dom continues to drive variations of the black Charger in F9, as he has throughout the franchise.

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

Beyond the core story, there are even more Easter eggs hidden in the more subtle corners of Fast and Furious 9. Old characters return or are mentioned in passing, new cars harken back to previous films, and there are a few moments that parallel the past in fun ways. Here are all the biggest Easter eggs and references in F9: The Fast Saga.

Check out F9: Every Fast & Furious Easter Egg Explained on YouTube here.

Dom’s Father’s Name
Young Dom Toretto in F9.

In the film’s opening sequence, the name of Dom’s father is finally revealed – Jack Toretto. By itself, this might seem like an innocuous detail, but the name was actually picked for a specific reason. In Fast and Furious 6, Brian and Mia’s first child is born; a son, named Jack. By retroactively naming Dom and Mia’s father Jack, the series has made the younger Jack a namesake for his grandfather. It’s a small detail, but a fun one for longtime fans.

The Tokyo Drift Crew
Fast and Furious 9 Tokyo Drift Characters

Furious 7 brought back Tokyo Drift’s Sean Boswell in a small cameo, but F9 expands his role in the franchise in much more significant ways. The new movie not only brings back Sean, but also other Tokyo Drift crew members Earl and Twinkie. Their role in the film isn’t massive, but it’s big enough to include a few fun references. First, their new job – testing rocket engines on cars – calls back to the climax of Tokyo Drift. In that film, the crew put a Nissan RB26 engine in a classic Ford Mustang, turning it into a drift car. Obviously their F9 profession is a bit more extreme, but it’s funny that the old crew is now making a living by giving cars engines that they are definitely not supposed to have.

There’s also a funny moment when Twinkie first meets Tej and Roman. When the latter two call Twinkie by his Tokyo Drift name, he objects and explains that he doesn’t go by Twinkie anymore. This is partially just a joke at the character’s funny early 2000s name, but it also seems like an intentional nod to Bow Wow, who plays Twinkie. When he first starred in Tokyo Drift, the rapper went by the name Lil’ Bow Wow – a name he later famously changed to just Bow Wow. Twinkie objecting to his old name seems like an intentional reference to this change.

Related: Every Fast and the Furious Movie Ranked From Worst to Best (Including F9)

Agent Michael Stasiak

After their first-act adventures in Central America, the crew regroups at one of Mr. Nobody’s old secret bases. Of course, transporting a whole crew with cars and gear isn’t easy, so Dom had to call in a favor from an old associate – FBI agent Michael Stasiak. Stasiak was first introduced in Fast & Furious, where he was a colleague of Brian’s before the latter agent went rogue to break Dom out of prison. Stasiak returned in Fast & Furious 6, where he helped Brian infiltrate a prison to get information from Arturo Braga. In F9, Stasiak has a visible scar across his nose – a reference to the two times Brian broke his nose in the previous films.

Buddy Drinking Corona
Corona in The Fast And The Furious

Fast and Furious 9 introduces a new character from Dom’s past in Buddy, who was once Jack Toretto’s mechanic and close friend. Dom returns to Buddy in the present-day timeline to get information about Jakob, and while there, he’s offered a Corona by his dad’s old friend. In the very first Fast and Furious movie, Dom makes it clear to Brian that the Toretto family is loyal to Corona in all their beer drinking exploits, and the fact that Buddy also favors the brand is a fun Easter egg.

Magdalene Shaw’s Time In Prison
Helen Mirren as Magdalene Shaw in Fate of the Furious

When Dom reunites with Magdalene Shaw in F9, he makes a reference to her having recently served time in jail. This is a reference to her role in the 2019 spinoff Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw. In that film, her son Deckard and daughter Hattie visit her in jail, where Magdalene reveals that she has two years left on her sentence. Her kids leave her with a mysterious package, however, which is implied to be a means of escape.

Han’s Snacking Habits
Fast and Furious Movies Han Eating

After years away and an entire online fan campaign to bring him back, Han finally returns to Fast and Furious in F9. And, of course, Han wouldn’t be Han without some kind of snack in hand. Fast Five revealed that Han used to be a heavy smoker, and that he’s snacked as a substitute ever since he quit. Justin Lin’s unofficial Han prequel film Better Luck Tomorrow shows the drifter before his snacking phase, when he still smoked multiple packs a day. Clearly faking his death hasn’t impacted Han’s dietary habits at all, as he’s still munching away in F9.

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

Cardi B’s Leysa Character
F9 Cardi B as Leysa

Since the very first film, Fast and Furious has had a tradition of featuring hip hop artists in guest roles. That trend continues in F9 with a cameo from rapper Cardi B, who plays the new character Leysa – a criminal and con artist who poses as an Interpol operative to save Dom from Jakob and Otto. While talking to Leysa, Dom references them stealing oil together in the Dominican Republic – an allusion to the beginning of Fast & Furious. He then elaborates by revealing that Leysa is the sister of Cara Mirtha, part of Dom’s crew during his time in the Dominican Republic who had a short-lived relationship with Han. Cardi B is confirmed to be returning as Leysa in Fast and Furious 10.

The Origin Of Santos And Leo
Leo and Santos in Fast 5

One of the flashback scenes in Fast and Furious 9 shows Dom’s time in prison after his assault on Kenny Linder. While working on a car in the prison’s auto shop, Dom encounters Santos and Leo, the comedic duo who first appeared in Fast & Furious. Though a good deal younger, the two behave in much the same way they always have, bickering like an old married couple. It’s a funny Easter egg, and a great way to show how Dom met two of his lifelong buddies.

Jakob’s Old Blue Mustang
Two helicopters chase a car through a minefield in Fast and Furious 9

When Jakob Toretto first races onto the scene in F9 to steal the first half of Project Ares from Dom, he drives a blue Mustang. Later, when the film’s flashbacks show Jakob at the street races as a young man, he’s driving a much older version of that same car. It’s a subtle detail, but a great addition to his characterization. Fast and Furious has always given its characters preferences for different kinds of cars (American muscle cars – specifically Dodges – for Dom, import tuners – specifically Nissan Skylines – for Brian, and so forth), and making Jakob a definitive Mustang man is a nice touch to flesh out his character.

The Original Fast & Furious Crew
Chad Lindberg as Jesse in Fast and the Furious

The flashback scenes in F9: The Fast Saga mostly focus on Dom and Jakob, but the street racing scene also includes young versions of several other original Fast characters. Young versions of Mia and Letty are the two most prominent, but there are also young versions of Vince and Jesse hidden in the crowd. This adds a nice bit of continuity to the original film, while also paying respect to Dom’s original crew.

Related: F9 Cast Guide: Every New & Returning Character

Dom And Jakob’s Drag Race
Fast and furious 9 Dom and jakob

F9’s flashbacks culminate in a drag race between Dom and Jakob, with the younger brother’s future on the line. Dom believes fervently that Jakob is responsible for their father’s death, but he gives him a chance to stay in town if he beats him one-on-one. The race ensues, and while Jakob drives well for most of him, he makes a classic Fast mistake – hitting his NOS too early. Dom waits and hits his NOS at the very end, passing Jakob in the final milliseconds to take first place. It’s the exact same way that Dom beat Brian in their first race in The Fast and the Furious, with Dom even uttering the same “too soon” line. By connecting the two drag races in this way, F9 shows how good Dom always was, while also paying tribute to the franchise’s roots.

Dom Being Rescued By Letty

In one of F9’s most absurd action sequences, Dom collapses an entire tunnel on himself and a group of foes, sending him plummeting into the water below. Just when it looks like all might be lost, Letty jumps in and saves him from drowning. In Fast & Furious 6, when he’s trying to help Letty get her memory back, Dom mentions a story of her getting caught in a reef while night swimming and explains how he managed to save her. The scene in F9 is a nice subtle flip of that story, with Letty being the one to save Dom from drowning.

Han’s Orange Toyota Supra
Fast and Furious 9 Han Car Dom Charger

The particular cars driven by the Fast and Furious crew have always been significant, and that remains true in F9 – especially regarding Han’s new ride. In the film’s climactic chase scene, Han drives a gorgeous 2020 Toyota Supra, bedecked in orange and black. The body type and paint scheme of the car harken back to the Mazda RX-7 he drove in Tokyo Drift, but that’s not the vehicle’s only reference.

Fans who’ve been with the series since the beginning will remember another iconic orange Supra. In The Fast and the Furious, Dom and Brian build that exact car, which Brian then drives throughout the movie. It’s the car he races Dom with in their famous train-jumping drag at the end of the film, and it’s the car Brian gives Dom to escape in after the police come after him. By giving Han a new orange Supra, F9 homages both Tokyo Drift and the very first film in the series.

Related: F9: How Han Really Survived

Dom’s 10-Second Car
Dom and Brian look concerned after surviving a car crash in The Fast and the Furious

This Easter egg might be a bit more obvious, but it’s still easily overlooked. At the end of Fast and Furious 9, Dom and Jakob make amends for their past transgressions. The tender moment doesn’t last long, however, as Jakob is still a wanted man by most governments on the planet. To help him escape, Dom gives his little brother the keys to his car, saying that he was once given a 10-second car as a second chance, and that Jakob deserves the same. This touching reference to Dom and Brian’s final moment from The Fast and the Furious is a great detail for fans – when Brian gave Dom a 10-second car – and a perfect note to end Jakob and Dom’s F9 story.

The Rebuilt Toretto House
Fast and Furious 9 Toretto House

1327, the Toretto family home, finally returns in F9. However, it’s not quite the same as it once was. The house is clearly still being rebuilt, a reference to it being bombed in Furious 7 by Deckard Shaw. While that event isn’t referenced directly in the new movie, the visual of the house still under construction is a nice touch. It’s also a sort of visual metaphor for the Toretto family being rebuilt, as Dom and Jakob have ended their feud and begun the process of rebuilding their family, as well as their old home.

Brian’s Blue Nissan Skyline
Paul Walker fast and furious 9 return

The final shot (not counting F9’s post-credits scene) of Fast and Furious 9 shows a blue Nissan Skyline pulling up to the Toretto house – a car any fan will instantly recognize as the signature ride of Brian O’Conner. It’s a perfect way to remind everyone that Brian still lives in and is a centerpiece of the Fast world, even if he won’t be appearing on screen anymore after Paul Walker’s tragic passing. The Skyline is a great show of respect for a man who helped make the franchise what it is today, and it’s a beautiful note on which to end F9: The Fast Saga.

Next: F9 Ending Explained & Fast & Furious Future Set-Up

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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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