John Cena had ‘no fear’ doing his own stunts on Fast & Furious 9

John Cena had no fear while performing his own stunts for Fast & Furious 9.The 42-year-old was cast in the latest instalment of the action franchise last year, but has refused to divulge any information on the character he will be playing alongside ori…

John Cena had no fear while performing his own stunts for Fast & Furious 9.

The 42-year-old was cast in the latest instalment of the action franchise last year, but has refused to divulge any information on the character he will be playing alongside original stars Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Nathalie Emmanuel, Ludacris, and Charlize Theron.

However, he told Collider that his mysterious character will be involved in plenty of explosive set pieces, and revealed that he was more than happy to do his own stunts on the movie.

“On film, I will cheat death but it’s so safe,” Cena explained. “I had no fear in any of the processes. It’s awesome and I think by making the actors feel that sense of like, ‘Hey man, we’ve set this up so you are going to be all right. Just go for it.’ You get the best performance from your actors rather than somebody going, ‘I don’t know about this’… It was unbelievably safe but also unbelievably creative.”

While the original cast has worked together since The Fast and the Furious back in 2001, newcomer Cena received a warm welcome from his co-stars.

“It is a family environment and it is one that the world views as their family as well. They’re into the storyline, they’re into the characters, and they’re into this 20-year, eight- instalment narrative that, in a lot of cases, (is defining),” he shared.

“On top of that, they’ve managed to build an almost superhero environment with real people… It’s already a globally-appreciated franchise and I think Fast 9 will be a wonderful adrenaline shot for the franchise.”

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Cardi B joins Fast & Furious 9

Cardi B has joined the cast of Fast & Furious 9.Vin Diesel, who produces and stars as Dominic Toretto in the franchise, revealed on Tuesday that the Bodak Yellow star would be appearing in the long-running action franchise by posting a video on Instagr…

Cardi B has joined the cast of Fast & Furious 9.

Vin Diesel, who produces and stars as Dominic Toretto in the franchise, revealed on Tuesday that the Bodak Yellow star would be appearing in the long-running action franchise by posting a video on Instagram which showed him and Cardi on the U.K. set of the film.

“Day 86 here on the set of Fast 9. I know I’m exhausted, we all gave every single thing we could for this movie, put it all on the table, put it all out there,” he told viewers, before Cardi added, “I’m tired – but I can’t wait. I ain’t gonna front, this is gonna be the best one.”

“We’re so blessed. The last day of filming in the U.K. All love always,” Vin continued. They both started laughing when the 27-year-old joked that she needed to take a nap and the video concluded with them repeating the film’s release date “May 2020”.

Fast & Furious star Jordana Brewster appeared to approve of the casting, as she wrote in the caption, “Yaaaaaasssssssssssssssss (sic),” with the raising hands emoji, and Meadow Walker, the daughter of late Fast actor Paul Walker, also gave her seal of approval.

It’s not known what role Cardi will be playing in the movie, which marks her second time acting in a film following Hustlers earlier this year.

In October, the rap star had teased that she had another acting job in the pipeline on The Ellen DeGeneres Show by saying, “Yup. I am going to film for a movie this month.”

Cardi B’s casting comes just a day after Vin revealed Latin popstar Ozuna had bagged a role in the film. They will join Fast & Furious regulars Brewster, Michelle Rodriguez, Ludacris, Tyrese Gibson, and Nathalie Emmanuel as well as returning stars Helen Mirren and Charlize Theron and fellow franchise newcomers John Cena and Michael Rooker.

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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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Charlize Theron gets ’90s-inspired bowl haircut for Fast & Furious 9

Charlize Theron has opted for a ’90s-inspired bowl cut for her appearance in Fast & Furious 9.The Academy Award-winning actress made her debut in the eighth instalment of the action franchise, 2017’s The Fate of the Furious, in which she played Cipher,…

Charlize Theron has opted for a ’90s-inspired bowl cut for her appearance in Fast & Furious 9.

The Academy Award-winning actress made her debut in the eighth instalment of the action franchise, 2017’s The Fate of the Furious, in which she played Cipher, a criminal mastermind and cyberterrorist who coerces Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) into working against his team by holding Elena Neves (Elsa Pataky) and their son hostage.

For her part in the movie, Charlize sported platinum blonde locks which were styled into twisted braids, but on Monday, she took to Instagram to upload a snap of Cipher’s new hairdo – a short brunette crop with honey blonde highlights.

“She’s baaaaack #Fast9,” she captioned two snaps from the set of the film.

Charlize, 44, didn’t share any further details about her latest transformation, however, her longtime hairstylist Adir Abergel uploaded a post in which he explained that the bowl cut was influenced by “early images” of 1990s supermodels Linda Evangelista and Cindy Crawford by photographer Peter Lindbergh.

“I always feel so blessed collaborating with this insanely talented human @charlizeafrica. I was inspired by early images of Linda Evangelista shot by @therealpeterlindbergh. It took some rad people to make this one come to life,” the hair expert captioned a picture of Charlize, before adding a vintage photo of Linda and Cindy and writing: “I was inspired by Linda Evangelista and Peter Lindbergh early ’90s vibes for Charlize’s new hair look. This image of @lindaevangelista@cindycrawford has been in my brain for a long time.”

A number of Charlize’s celebrity followers were quick to praise her bold new look too, with Lily Collins writing in the comments section, “Love this!!” and January Jones adding, “This hair is next level good. But would only look good on you.”

Fast & Furious 9, also starring Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, John Cena, and Helen Mirren, is due to hit cinemas in May 2020.

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Jordana Brewster officially returning for Fast & Furious 9

Jordana Brewster has confirmed she will appear in Fast & Furious 9.The actress played Mia in five of the eight Fast & Furious movies, and was the love interest for Paul Walker’s character, Brian. But when the actor tragically died in 2013, filming was …

Jordana Brewster has confirmed she will appear in Fast & Furious 9.

The actress played Mia in five of the eight Fast & Furious movies, and was the love interest for Paul Walker’s character, Brian.

But when the actor tragically died in 2013, filming was still underway on Furious 7, and accordingly, the script was changed to write Paul out of the franchise, with the final scene depicting Brian driving off into the sunset with Mia and their child.

Yet, on Thursday, Jordana shared a snap of her with co-stars Michelle Rodriguez and Ludacris on the set of the ninth instalment, which is currently filming in the U.K.

“Feels good to be back with family,” she wrote.

Vin Diesel also shared a video from the set with Jordana, who plays his onscreen sister, with the pair sitting with a new child actor.

“OK, we are here, it is Day 4 and we are still in gratitude because it is such a beautiful place to shoot. We love shooting in London, this is one of many locations,” the 51-year-old commented.

“I am with Jordana, Mia, my incredible sister, on and off screen and we have someone very, very special here and this is Isaac,” Diesel said, before the young actor said he’s playing “Baby Brian”.

Fans are now speculating exactly what director Justin Lin is planning on doing with Paul’s character Brian, if Jordana is returning to the franchise.

Fast & Furious 9 is set to be released in May 2020, with Tyrese Gibson and Nathalie Emmanuel returning for the penultimate movie in the saga.

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Vin Diesel thanks fans after finishing first day of filming Fast & Furious 9

Vin Diesel took a moment to thank fans for their unwavering support on Tuesday after he finished the first day of filming on Fast & Furious 9.The 51-year-old, alongside co-stars Ludacris and Michelle Rodriguez, are among the cast members who have arriv…

Vin Diesel took a moment to thank fans for their unwavering support on Tuesday after he finished the first day of filming on Fast & Furious 9.

The 51-year-old, alongside co-stars Ludacris and Michelle Rodriguez, are among the cast members who have arrived in London as work finally gets underway on the delayed project.

Diesel and Rodriguez, who are reprising their roles as Dominic Toretto and Letty Ortiz, respectively, looked happy as they shared how grateful they were to be on the set of the ninth instalment of the popular action franchise.

“Can you believe it? We just completed our first day. It feels like a miracle, one hard-earned, but we’re just so grateful,” Diesel began the video on Instagram. “We’re grateful to you, Universal, we’re grateful for our whole team, incredible crew, and incredible cast. Most importantly, we’re so grateful to you, world, that has adapted this franchise.

“It’s so awesome, we’re so blessed,” he concluded.

Ludacris, who plays Tej Parker, also shared snaps from his time in the British capital, and headed to celebrity barber SliderCuts, to get himself looking the part before production began.

The 41-year-old then shared a photo of the Fast & Furious 9 script, which was written by Daniel Casey.

According to editors at Collider, an unknown female writer has also been recruited after Rodriguez refused to return unless a woman worked on the script.

Justin Lin, who helmed Tokyo Drift, Fast & Furious, Fast Five, and Fast & Furious 6, returns as director for Fast & Furious 9.

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson will not be returning the franchise, after reported bad blood between him and Diesel. One of the reasons for the delay in filming Fast & Furious 9 was due to production beginning on the spin-off movie Hobbs & Shaw, which features Johnson and Jason Statham.

Fast & Furious 9 is due to be released in May 2020.

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Kate Bosworth on board for Blue Crush sequel

Kate Bosworth is ready to hit the beach again for a follow-up to her 2002 film Blue Crush. The actress, who portrayed a competitive surfer in the sports drama, is eager to re-join her co-stars Michelle Rodriguez and Sanoe Lake for a second instalment,…

Kate Bosworth is ready to hit the beach again for a follow-up to her 2002 film Blue Crush.

The actress, who portrayed a competitive surfer in the sports drama, is eager to re-join her co-stars Michelle Rodriguez and Sanoe Lake for a second instalment, revealing she has her own ideas for the sequel’s plot.

“I’m 100 per cent in for a Blue Crush reboot,” she told People magazine at a recent event. “I have thoughts on how to do it.”

Bosworth would also love a chance to bring back forthright female characters to the screen.

“What better time for a bada** female reboot. Why not now? That would be a dream,” the 36-year-old added. “I just love strong female characters, and I feel like right now it’s so important to see those strong female characters on screen. If I’m a part of something that inspires and it has longevity – that’s it for me.”

Blue Crush went on to gross over $40 million (£31 million) in the U.S., and a total of $51.8 million (£40 million) worldwide, with the flick receiving largely positive reviews.

Another movie, Blue Crush 2, debuted in 2011 as a direct-to-video release but was not connected to the original production and featured a different cast.

Since starring in Blue Crush, Bosworth has appeared in a string of films, including Superman Returns, Big Sur, and Still Alice.

Next up, she will appear as KC in Netflix series The I-Land, and is in the pre-production phases on The Devil Has a Name, a film about an oil matriarch who leaves the whole industry exposed when she attempts to outfight a bullish farmer whose water has been poisoned, and on action feature Force of Nature, which will be directed by her husband Michael Polish and is to co-star Mel Gibson.

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Steve McQueen: ‘I deal with racism every day’

Widows director Steve McQueen has claimed he experiences racism every day.In an interview with The Guardian newspaper, the Oscar-winning 12 Years a Slave director discussed the lack of Golden Globe nominations for his latest film, which is based on an …

Widows director Steve McQueen has claimed he experiences racism every day.

In an interview with The Guardian newspaper, the Oscar-winning 12 Years a Slave director discussed the lack of Golden Globe nominations for his latest film, which is based on an ’80s British TV series about four women who plan a daring heist, and stars Viola Davis, Elizabeth Debicki, Michelle Rodriguez, and Cynthia Erivo.

When asked if he had experienced more racism since Brexit, when the U.K. voted to leave the European Union, he scoffed: “Every day, mate. Yes, of course!… You deal with it. You have to or you go mad.”

The 49-year-old insisted that Britain has taken “two steps backwards”, blaming a rise in Nationalism for the hostile political climate. He also recounted a racist moment experienced by his mother when she was out shopping.

“She had a new credit card with her and was struggling to remember the pin. The guy behind the till said: ‘It’s four digits in this country,'” he recalled. “But the day before Brexit you wouldn’t have even thought about saying that. Apparently, you’re allowed to now.”

McQueen’s film, which received rave reviews in some quarters, was snubbed at the nominations for the Golden Globe, which is run by The Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

While many in the movie industry were shocked, the Hunger director was pragmatic about the omission.

“As an artist, you have your path and that’s fine. And sometimes the world won’t agree with you…,” he continued. “I’m here hopefully for a little while and will do my work. I’m just telling a story about four women trying to get their s**t together, about the environment in which we’re living, in a way that’s not high heels and handbags, that’s about human beings and full-on conversations.”

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Steve McQueen begged Michelle Rodriguez to accept Widows role

Steve McQueen had to “literally beg” Michelle Rodriguez to say yes to a role in his new movie Widows after she kept turning it down.In the 12 Years A Slave director’s new crime thriller, The Fast and Furious actress is joined by Viola Davis, Elizabeth …

Steve McQueen had to “literally beg” Michelle Rodriguez to say yes to a role in his new movie Widows after she kept turning it down.

In the 12 Years A Slave director’s new crime thriller, The Fast and Furious actress is joined by Viola Davis, Elizabeth Debicki and Cynthia Erivo, who play four widows that team up to finish off a heist job after their husbands die during their failed attempt.

Michelle, who is known for playing feisty characters onscreen, stars as Linda, an impoverished and abandoned mother of two children, but she kept turning the role down because she didn’t want to portray such a weak woman.

“That’s the epitome of everything I despise,” she told Britain’s Vogue magazine. “The horror of having your security and your life ripped out from under you, I hate it. It’s the thing about poverty – coming from nothing, as I have – I’ve always been repulsed by it.”

The British director admitted he had to “literally beg” her to accept the role, and asked Michelle to examine why the part made her so uncomfortable.

She revealed the role hit close to home, adding, “My mother was that woman.”

The filmmaker also shared that he got lucky finding a foursome that worked so well together.

“During casting I only thought about who was best to play each individual character,” he explained. “There was this energy when you combined these four, though.”

Australian actress Elizabeth says that Steve deserves all the praise for putting such a diverse group of women together and creating “a beautiful thing”.

“I mean, we could not be more varied in who we are,” she said. “Where we come from, how we look, how we sound, our senses of humour. Then you put us together with Steve as the conductor and it’s a beautiful thing.”

Widows, based upon the 1983 British TV series of the same name, hits cinemas in November (18).

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Viola Davis on ‘terrifying’ Widows love scene with Liam Neeson

Viola Davis was extremely nervous about her onscreen sex scene with Liam Neeson.The 53-year-old actress opened up about filming a love scene with the Taken star for Steve McQueen’s movie Widows, which garnered rave reviews at its Toronto International …

Viola Davis was extremely nervous about her onscreen sex scene with Liam Neeson.

The 53-year-old actress opened up about filming a love scene with the Taken star for Steve McQueen’s movie Widows, which garnered rave reviews at its Toronto International Film Festival premiere earlier this month (Sep18).

And in a new interview, Viola admitted she was definitely not as relaxed about filming the bedroom scene as Liam was.

“It was absolutely terrifying, to tell you the truth,” she told Inquirer.net.

“He was cool. He was like, ‘OK, where do you want me to be? Do you want me to take my clothes off?’ He was very respectful, great, an elegant gentleman, everything you could possibly imagine,” she added praising her Northern Irish co-star.

In Widows, Viola plays Veronica, who leads a group of four women played by Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki, and Cynthia Erivo, as they attempt a heist after their criminal husbands are killed after a robbery goes south.

However, the Oscar-winning actress has rarely had to disrobe in her movies, which meant she had to reveal quite a different side of herself onscreen.

“I am used to playing maids and drug addicts,” she laughed. “So it cost me something to be that vulnerable. You’ve seen a lot of sex scenes onscreen that have been way more graphic, but when I approach any kind of scene in that nature, it’s very private and you’re looking in on it.

“I was terrified and especially when you have cameras on you and Steve McQueen saying, ‘It’s got to be lustier! You have to open your mouths more!’”

Viola also shared that she often feels pressure to wear weaves and wigs to imitate mainstream beauty standards if she’s playing a romantic role. But Steve encouraged her to wear her natural hair.

“So there I was in bed with Liam Neeson, wearing my natural hair, being 53 and dark (skinned),” she continued. “It’s like what Steve said, ‘Viola, this woman exists. I see her all the time. In Europe, I see her in airports. I see her with a white husband who’s Irish, who’s whatever.

“She just hasn’t been introduced to the American cinema, so it’s about time we introduce her.”

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