- To those asking what else “Fast & Furious” can do, Ludacris says: “We can go into damn outer space!”
- “F9” director Justin Lin says going into space has been “years in the making.”
- However, Lin adds, “I think there’s an emotional reason for its existence.”
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They have finally done it. The “Fast” fam is going to space!
For years, fans of the “Fast & the Furious” franchise have been waiting for this moment, and it’s finally going to happen in the latest movie in the franchise, “F9.”
The glorious sequence was teased at the end of the new “F9” trailer released on Wednesday as we watch Roman (Tyrese Gibson) and Tej (Ludacris) get prepared in their car-spaceship to hit the boosters into parts unknown.
“I talk to so many people and everyone always says, ‘What more can you guys possibly do?'” Ludacris told Entertainment Weekly during a Twitter Spaces chat after the trailer dropped. “And here’s your answer: We can go into damn outer space!”
“We continue to not only surprise all the fans, but we continue to surprise ourselves, so I’m mind-blown just as much as all the people out there. I’m extremely excited,” he added. “Whenever anybody thinks we can’t accomplish the impossible, we go and do it.”
“F9” director Justin Lin added that getting into space has actually been “years in the making.””Through the years, I always can just play and feel like I come up with the craziest ideas and see if there’s an appropriate way for us to earn that,” he said. “And so this film, I remember I was working on the script and there was an emotional character thread, and it was for like four months, and when the idea finally hit and it felt right, I drove to Vin [Diesel]’s house and we looked to each other and we said, ‘Yep, this is the one.’ We’ve been talking about it for years, but this is the one where we really get to push it.”
Now, why exactly Roman and Tej are going into space (is the rest of the “Fast” fam already up there?) and what they’ll do when they get there hasn’t been revealed. But Lin says just like in the past with the movies showcasing insane stunts – like a car crashing through Rio De Janeiro with a safe strapped to it, cars skydiving, or The Rock altering the path of a torpedo with his hand – there’s a method to the space madness.
“It’s a promise of something that is going to not only be visually and action-wise fun, but also I think there’s an emotional reason for its existence,” Lin said.
“F9” opens in theaters on June 25, 2021.