‘Fast and Furious 9’ teaser hints at a tough road ahead

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Fast and Furious 9 dropped a short teaser today, with a full trailer promised on Friday, January 31st.

If there’s one thing fans know about Vin Diesel’s Dom Toretto, it’s that he doesn’t have friends — he has family.

The Fast and Furious franchise lead has repeated that catchphrase plenty of times over the course of the franchise’s 19 years, and fans have been able to see his ‘family’ grow exponentially over the course of the last 8 main Fast and Furious films.

Along with the growth of Toretto’s family, fans have also been able to watch the Fast and Furious films grow from a humble, low-budget film about fast cars to an explosive action-adventure franchise in which Dom Toretto and his increasingly expansive family attempt incredible, almost superhuman, feats of strength, skill and driving.

Now fans will, for the first time, get to see Dom not only protect his friends-turned-family, but his biological family as well.

Though the Fast and Furious 9 full trailer won’t be released until this Friday, January 31st, Vin Diesel gave fans a sneak peak today. In it, we see Dom taking care of his son, Brian, named after Paul Walker’s character in the films.

Check out the clip below!

Justin Lin returns to direct Fast and Furious 9 after stepping away for the last two films. Lin previously directed 2006’s The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, 2011’s Fast Five, and 2013’s Fast and Furious 6. Though he will be returning to the franchise, longtime Fast and Furious screenwriter Chris Morgan will not be — making this the first Fast and Furious film since Tokyo Drift not to be written by Morgan. Writer Daniel Casey will be stepping in to write the script.

Vin Diesel will be returning as Dom Toretto, along with franchise regulars Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, and Nathalie Emmanuel. Former antagonists Helen Mirren and Charlize Theron are likewise returning, which we’re sure has something to do with the clip above.

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson’s Luke Hobbs has left the franchise, along with Jason Statham, as the two spun off into their own series of films.

However, fellow WWE wrestler John Cena will be joining the Fast and Furious franchise for the first time with the upcoming ninth film, as will Guardians of the Galaxy’s Michael Rooker.

Fast and Furious 9 will speed into theaters on May 22.

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