The Fast and Furious franchise has been around for so long that it’s apparently running out of terrestrial film locations. So when Fast and Furious 9 eventually hits theaters, it will take the franchise to the final frontier: outer space.
Rumors to this effect have been swirling for a long time. Screenwriter Chris Morgan, who wrote every Fast and Furious movie since Tokyo Drift, said in August of 2019 that he was “down for whatever” when asked about the possibility. Ludacris fielded a similar question in July and replied, “I will say that you are very intuitive because you said something right, but I’m not going to give it away.” Not exactly what you’d call a denial.
Now, Michelle Rodriguez has all but confirmed that the next movie in the franchise will be going to space.
“Oh, no way! How did you guys find that out?” Rodriguez said when asked if space was a possibility in a SiriusXM interview. “See what happens? People start talking behind the scenes, man. When a movie doesn’t come out and forget about it, things get out. Nobody was supposed to know that!”
Rodriguez also said that she personally “wasn’t lucky enough to hit space,” which it’s hard to read as anything but an admission that other members of the cast were.
This development isn’t exactly surprising. For a series that always has to up the ante, space is a natural move. It’s sitting right up there, and the chance to film a weightless action sequence is too good to pass up.
Fast and Furious 9 is scheduled to be released on April 2, 2021.