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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Vin Diesel saw Fast and Furious 9 stuntman fall – report

Vin Diesel was left “choking back tears” after witnessing his stunt double fall on the set of Fast and Furious 9 on Monday.According to Daily Mail Online, stuntman Joe Watts was hospitalised after suffering a serious head injury in a 30-feet (nine-metr…

Vin Diesel was left “choking back tears” after witnessing his stunt double fall on the set of Fast and Furious 9 on Monday.

According to Daily Mail Online, stuntman Joe Watts was hospitalised after suffering a serious head injury in a 30-feet (nine-metre) fall at the Warner Bros. Studios in Leavesden, Hertfordshire on Monday afternoon.

The British stuntman has worked on movies and TV shows including Game of Thrones, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, and Spider-Man: Far From Home.

Diesel reportedly witnessed Watts fall on his head as he performed a stunt in the movie star’s place.

“The stuntman fell at least 30 feet – maybe a bit more,” a source told British newspaper The Sun. “Vin Diesel was seen on set seconds after. He looked ashen, totally in shock and blinking back tears. He saw what happened.”

Filming was halted immediately and cast and crew sent home “fearing the worst”, the source added. A spokesperson for Warner Bros Studios confirmed a man had been airlifted to Royal London Hospital on Monday.

The fall reportedly occurred just before noon on set, and Hertfordshire Police officials added in a statement: “Police were called shortly before noon today following an incident at Warner Bros. Studios in Leavesden, Hertfordshire.

“It was reported that a man had been injured while working at the location and sustained serious injuries. The air ambulance attended and police officers are currently on scene to assist and carry out initial enquiries.”

Diesel has had several brushes with tragedy in the past. His stunt double Harry O’Connor was killed filming a para-sailing scene for 2002 action flick xXx in Prague while performing a paragliding stunt in the actor’s place.

And his Fast and Furious co-star Paul Walker died aged 40 in a car crash off-set during filming of the franchise’s seventh film in 2013.

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Charlize Theron and Helen Mirren returning for new Fast & Furious sequel

Charlize Theron and Helen Mirren are buckling up for another high-octane ride in the next Fast & Furious sequel. Franchise star Vin Diesel has confirmed the two actresses will reprise their respective characters, Cipher and Magdalene Shaw, from 2017’s…

Charlize Theron and Helen Mirren are buckling up for another high-octane ride in the next Fast & Furious sequel.

Franchise star Vin Diesel has confirmed the two actresses will reprise their respective characters, Cipher and Magdalene Shaw, from 2017’s The Fate of the Furious for the ninth movie in the film series, which is currently in production in London and features the addition of new castmember, John Cena, whose role is still under wraps.

Sharing the news in a video posted on Instagram, Diesel said, “Week 3, Fast 9. Here on set. We’ve got a lot of the original cast here, including Oscar winners like Charlize Theron and Helen Mirren. A few new surprises, including John Cena, who I believe is going to completely shine in this movie.”

Theron previously admitted she had “no idea” if she would be invited back for another round as cyber-terrorist Cipher, although she was “so humbled” to have a part in the hugely successful all-action blockbuster, which scored the highest-grossing opening weekend worldwide at the time with a whopping $541.9 million (£433 million) debut.

It has since been overtaken by Avengers epics Infinity War and Endgame, but the entire action saga has racked up more than $5.1 billion (£4.1 billion) at the worldwide box office.

Meanwhile, Mirren’s return will mark her third appearance in the franchise, after also playing the mother of Jason Statham and Luke Evans’ characters in this summer’s Fast & Furious spin-off, Hobbs and Shaw.

Jordana Brewster is also returning to the ninth Fast & Furious instalment, alongside Ludacris, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, and Nathalie Emmanuel.

Fast 9, directed by Justin Lin, is set to debut in theatres in May next year.

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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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Taika Waititi expresses faux indignation at James Gunn’s GOTG rehiring

Taika Waititi has joked he thought he was all set to direct Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.It was announced on Friday that Disney was rehiring James Gunn, who directed and wrote the first two instalments of the Marvel franchise, after initially letting…

Taika Waititi has joked he thought he was all set to direct Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.

It was announced on Friday that Disney was rehiring James Gunn, who directed and wrote the first two instalments of the Marvel franchise, after initially letting him go following a Twitter scandal in July.

He was fired after old tweets, in which he joked about paedophilia and rape, came to light, but following much outrage from fans and stars of the film, Disney has now decided to reinstate him at the helm.

Fans had put forward Thor: Ragnarok director Taika as a possible replacement when James was still ousted, though the New Zealand filmmaker ruled himself out earlier this year, stating “those are James Gunn’s films”. However, that didn’t stop him from poking fun at the situation on Twitter.

“What the hell?? I thought I was going to do it!!” he exclaimed next to Deadline’s article announcing James’ return.

Franchise star Karen Gillan, who has played space pirate Nebula since the first film in 2014, also alluded to the news on her own Twitter account.

“We are groot,” she wrote, referencing the loyal character voiced by Vin Diesel.

And James’ brother Sean Gunn, who has always defended his sibling and recently said that he had a feeling “everything’s gonna work itself out”, shared his joy as well.

“I’ll just leave this here…” he posted on Instagram, next to The Hollywood Reporter headline “James Gunn back on as Guardians of the Galaxy 3 director”.

Sean and Karen, along with their co-stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper, Dave Bautista, Vin, Michael Rooker, and Pom Klementieff, signed an open letter supporting James shortly after his firing.

Talking about his rehiring, James told fans he was “tremendously grateful to every person out there” who had supported him, and added he deeply appreciates Disney’s change of heart.

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Sean Gunn: ‘We’re making the third Guardians of the Galaxy for the fans’

Sean Gunn has a strong feeling “everything’s gonna work itself out” when it comes to Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.Franchise star Sean’s big brother James Gunn was the man behind the first two films, writing and directing the Marvel smash hits, before…

Sean Gunn has a strong feeling “everything’s gonna work itself out” when it comes to Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.

Franchise star Sean’s big brother James Gunn was the man behind the first two films, writing and directing the Marvel smash hits, before he was fired by Disney after old tweets he sent joking about paedophilia resurfaced.

The cast, including the 44-year-old, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper, Dave Bautista and Vin Diesel, have rallied around in support of James, 52, and now Sean says the Guardians ‘family’ will definitely push ahead with the third instalment for the fans.

“I don’t know exactly how that’s all gonna work,” he admitted to Variety. “But I feel like we are going to make the third movie, I’m excited to make it, I think it’s a disservice to the fans if we didn’t make it and I know the people who worked on the Guardians movies are really a family, and we’re gonna come together and make the best movie we can regardless of who’s in charge.

“I just have this feeling everything’s gonna work itself out.”

As well as the films’ stars, fans also petitioned to get James reinstated at the helm of Vol. 3, and Marvel boss Kevin Feige recently confirmed that the writer and director’s script will be used for the upcoming movie. A new director is yet to be announced.

However, production on the project has stalled due to other commitments at Marvel, with the shoot schedule being moved back from early 2019 to a later date.

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Helen Mirren: ‘I want to play a James Bond baddie’

Helen Mirren has set her sights on another villainous role – she wants to go toe to toe with James Bond. The actress won her uncredited role as vicious Magdalene Shaw in the Fast & Furious franchise by going after star and producer Vin Diesel and dema…

Helen Mirren has set her sights on another villainous role – she wants to go toe to toe with James Bond.

The actress won her uncredited role as vicious Magdalene Shaw in the Fast & Furious franchise by going after star and producer Vin Diesel and demanding he cast her, and now she has put the Bond producers on notice she wants to play 007’s nemesis.

The Oscar winner, who is playing a villain again in the new movie The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, insists the time is right for a woman to play a Bond baddie.

“Women get to play much cooler villains these days,” she says. “I’ve always had a secret ambition to play a villain in a James Bond movie.”

But she tells Harper’s Bazaar the role would be a big leap of faith for her, adding, “I consider myself a scaredy-cat… I’m constantly nervous. I’m always worried that I’m not going to do it right. But you have to just jump and then the adrenaline kicks in.”

As well as The Nutcracker, the great Dame has a handful of movies coming out in the next year. These include Berlin, I Love You, Anna, and The Good Liar, while she will also be playing Catherine the Great in a much-anticipated new TV Series about the Russian royal family.

Mirren, whose family hails from Russia, loved playing another queen after her Oscar-winning turn as Queen Elizabeth II in The Queen, but she insists Catherine will be her last royal.

After playing Elizabeth on the big screen and again onstage in The Audience, Mirren admits she’s not actually a big fan of the royal family – but she loves the Queen.

“I don’t care that much, though I do watch The Crown,” she tells the publication. “In her old age, she (the Queen) has that indomitable spirit. I love her. I’m not a royalist; I’m a queenist.”

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