F9 is almost here — and it’s full of shocking twists and the action that we’ve come to expect from the beloved movie franchise.
The trailer for the upcoming film in the famous franchise debuted online on Friday along with a concert with special performances by Cardi B, Wiz Khalifa, Charlie Pugh, Ozuna and Ludacris.
The preview sets up the introduction of franchise newcomer John Cena, playing the film’s new villain, a “master assassin” revealed to be brother to Vin Diesel’s Dominic Torreto. From there, the trailer pits the two against each other, with Cena and Diesel trading blows and getting into gun battles. The biggest surprise is left for last, however, when a Fast & Furious character believed to be dead makes a shocking return.
Cardi B has a small and undisclosed role in the film that wasn’t revealed Friday.
In June, Diesel and costar Michelle Rodriguez shared their excitement of returning to the franchise in a video shared by the actor on Instagram.
“Wow, wow, wow, wow. Can you believe it, Letty? Can you believe it?” Diesel said, calling Rodriguez, 40, by her character’s name.
The actress shook her head and grinned at the camera as she said, “Nine. Nine!”
“We just completed our first day. It feels like a miracle. One hard-earned, but it feels like we’re just so grateful,” he said. “We’re grateful to you, Universal. We’re grateful for our whole team. Incredible crew, incredible cast, and most importantly we’re so grateful to you, world, that has adopted this franchise.”
He added, “Can you believe it? It’s so awesome. We’re so blessed and we love you so much.”
The movie is directed by Justin Lin, who helmed the third, fourth, fifth and sixth chapters in the series. The film also stars Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Jordana Brewster, Nathalie Emmanuel, Charlize Theron and Helen Mirren.
F9 is in theaters on May 22.