EXCLUSIVE: Finn Cole, Anna Sawai and Vinnie Bennett have joined the cast of the ninth chapter in the Fast & Furious saga. Character descriptions for the latest installment are being kept under the hood.
Franchise mainstay Justin Lin (Fast & Furious 6) returns to direct and franchise forefather Vin Diesel stars as Dominic Toretto alongside new cast members and returning favorites. Dan Casey wrote the screenplay from a story by Lin and Alfredo Botello. The pic goes into production this month and for a May 22 release.
Diesel produces for his One Race Films alongside Samantha Vincent, and Lin produces for his Perfect Storm Entertainment. Jeffrey Kirschenbaum and Joe Roth also will produce for Roth/Kirschenbaum Films. Diesel has produced the five highest-grossing films in the Fast & Furious franchise: The Fate of the Furious, Furious 7, Fast & Furious 6, Fast Five as well as Fast & Furious.
Cole, who stars on TNT’s Animal Kingdom and Netflix’s Peaky Blinders, is represented by WME, Troika and Narrative PR. New Zealand native Sawai starred in Warner Bros/Legendary’s Ninja Assassin and is represented by United Agents and Zero Gravity Management.
Bennett starred in Ghost in the Shell and Human Traces. He is repped by ICM Partners, Johnson & Laird in NZ and manager Eric Skinner at Open Bar Entertainment.
The Fast & Furious canon has grossed more than $5.1 billion at the global box office. The series’ first spinoff, Hobbs & Shaw, starring Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham, opens August 2.