Fast and Furious 9 – all you need to know

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From Digital Spy

Anyone who thought Fast & Furious 7's billion-surpassing success was a fluke were resoundly mistaken when its follow-up The Fate of the Furious also hit the mighty 'B' milestone earlier this year.

A ninth movie is definitely on the way, but what do we know so far about Vin Diesel's latest instalment of the world's most popular pure action franchise?

Fast & Furious 9 release date: When is it coming out?

Originally slated for April 2019 the currently untitled ninth film was recently pushed back a full year and will now be released worldwide on April 20, 2019, which frankly feels like forever away right now.

Not only that, but a 10th (and currently, final) movie will follow on April 2, 2021.

Fast & Furious 9 cast: Who's coming back?

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There hasn't been any confirmation as to who is returning to the franchise, but it's safe to assume that at least Vin Diesel (Dom), Michelle Rodriguez (Letty), Tyrese Gibson (Roman), and Chris Bridges (Tej) will be back.

Dwayne Johnson's future is up in the air, following his rumoured on-set spat with Diesel during the filming of the last movie, while his character appeared to have "retired" at the end of the film. But more on that in a moment.

There's also the chance of returns for Jason Statham (Deckard), Helen Mirren (Magdalene), Luke Evans (Owen), Lucas Black (Sean), Nathalie Emmanuel (Ramsey), Kurt Russell (Mr Nobody) and Scott Eastwood (Eric). Charlize Theron (Cipher) isn't sure about her future in the franchise, but it sounds like she's up for more.

Is Michelle Rodriguez returning?

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Franchise veteran Michelle Rodriguez said in July 2017 that she could consider quitting if it does not give its female stars more "love".

Charlize Theron was introduced in the eighth movie as the latest Big Bad, but Jordana Brewster (Mia) was written out following Paul Walker's tragic death and Nathalie Emmanuel (Ramsey) was largely sidelined and didn't get an awful lot to do.

Elsa Pataky's character Elena Neves only existed to service Dom's storyline (and was then killed off), while Dame Helen Mirren had a cameo as Deckard and Owen Shaw's mother.

Rodriguez called for the franchise to do better by its female characters in the ninth movie, posting her message on Instagram: