Ozuna joins Fast & Furious 9

Latin music star Ozuna has landed a role in Fast & Furious 9. Vin Diesel, who produces and stars as Dominic Toretto in the franchise, announced the Latin trap and reggaeton singer, full name Juan Carlos Ozuna Rosado, had joined the long-running franch…

Latin music star Ozuna has landed a role in Fast & Furious 9.

Vin Diesel, who produces and stars as Dominic Toretto in the franchise, announced the Latin trap and reggaeton singer, full name Juan Carlos Ozuna Rosado, had joined the long-running franchise by sharing a snap of himself with Ozuna and director Justin Lin on Instagram on Monday.

“As you know, we have often found great talent in the music industry to cross over into film,” he wrote in the caption. “They are expected to leave all the accolades at the door to embrace the character with integrity… and that is exactly what Ozuna has done. Very proud of your work and role in Fast 9! Pa Mi Gente (For my people)! All Love, Always…#Fast92020 #YoungSantos #Ozuna #Fatherhood.”

The hashtags also revealed that Ozuna will either play the younger version or the son of Don Omar’s character Santos, who had a big role in Fast Five and a small appearance in 2017’s The Fate of the Furious. He is a supporting character who aligns himself with Dominic’s crew.

The Puerto Rican star, who recently won two 2019 Latin American Music Awards, is also in talks to be part of the film’s soundtrack.

The casting marks his third appearance in a film following 2018 romantic comedy Que Leon and its upcoming sequel Los Leones, which is set for release in November, the same month his third album Nibiru drops.

Fast & Furious regulars Michelle Rodriguez, Ludacris, Tyrese Gibson, Jordana Brewster, and Nathalie Emmanuel are returning for the ninth instalment, Helen Mirren and Charlize Theron are reprising their roles, while John Cena and Michael Rooker are new additions.

Dan Casey wrote the screenplay from a story by Lin and Alfredo Botello. The film is set to hit cinemas in May 2020.

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Actor Michael Rooker quits Twitter after Guardians Gunn drama

Guardians of the Galaxy star Michael Rooker has shut down his Twitter account following the firing of the movies’ writer and director James Gunn. The filmmaker was dropped from the franchise by Disney executives on Friday (20Jul18) after a string of o…

Guardians of the Galaxy star Michael Rooker has shut down his Twitter account following the firing of the movies’ writer and director James Gunn.

The filmmaker was dropped from the franchise by Disney executives on Friday (20Jul18) after a string of offensive Twitter messages he posted between 2008 and 2009 resurfaced.

Many stars stepped up to support Gunn over the weekend, with Selma Blair urging movie bosses to rethink their decision and his Guardians star Dave Bautista criticising Disney chiefs, while several more have signed a petition demanding the director’s reinstatement.

Guardians leads Zoe Saldana and Chris Pratt have also addressed the drama, ahead of the start of filming on the third movie later this year (18), and now Rooker, whose character Yondu Udonta was killed off in the last instalment, has quit Twitter.

“This account will be inactive after today,” the actor writes. “We’re very tired & upset over the ongoing BULLS**T… neither I nor my rep will use Twitter again. Twitter sucks and I want nothing to do with it. Thank you to all who gave kind words & support.”

But Rooker made it clear he will still be visible on Instagram.

Rooker’s former castmate Saldana told her followers that Gunn’s firing had kicked off a “challenging weekend” for her, adding, “I’m pausing myself to take everything in before I speak out of term. I just want everyone to know I love ALL members of my GOTG family. Always will.”

Co-star Pratt, a devoted Christian, appeared to allude to the incident with a Bible verse from the Book of James: “Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters,” he wrote. “Let every person be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger.”

In the resurfaced tweets, 51-year-old Gunn joked about rape and paedophilia. The director has since apologised for the offensive nature of his messages and explained to fans that, in the past, he would often say things for the shock value.

“It’s not to say I’m better, but I am very, very different than I was a few years ago; today I try to root my work in love and connection and less in anger,” he said. “My days saying something just because it’s shocking and trying to get a reaction are over.”

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