The latest installment in the Fast and Furious franchise is currently filming and, even though Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is not involved, a few of the blockbuster series’ other veterans are getting involved. Michelle Rodriguez, who played Letty in many of the previous films, is back. So are Charlize Theron and Helen Mirren, whose return was announced by Vin Diesel on Monday.
“We’ve got a lot of the original cast here,” the actor said in an Instagram post that was reported by Deadline. “Including Oscar winners like Charlize Theron and Helen Mirren.” The pair played major and minor roles, respectively, in The Fate of the Furious, the eighth installment in the film series. Diesel also mentioned the addition of John Cena, whom Diesel said will “completely shine in this movie.”
Meanwhile, Johnson, whose upcoming Hobbs and Shaw spinoff and feud with Diesel may have led to his absence in Fast 9, has shared a seemingly competitive Instagram post on the same day. His and Jason Statham’s buddy cop action movie is scheduled to hit theaters on August 2nd, so he commemorated the upcoming event with some behind-the-scenes footage. “I’m pumped for you to see this epic finale with myself and Jason Statham,” he wrote. “The biggest showdown with the greatest and most powerful villain the Fast & Furious franchise has ever seen – Idris Elba.”
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Showdown of the Summer. A lil’ exclusive behind the scenes from @hobbsandshaw. I’m pumped for you to see this epic finale with myself and @jasonstatham. The biggest showdown with the greatest and most powerful villain the Fast & Furious franchise has ever seen – @idriselba. Truthfully, I don’t need cable to toss fools up😜#WarTime HOBBS & SHAW AUGUST 2ND 🌎