Lots of characters come and go in the “Fast and Furious” franchise, but Dom remains the series’ anchor. And ultimately, Vin Diesel’s passion for Dom’s story played a role in Lin’s return for “F9,” too. In a May interview with the Associated Press, the director shared that he remembers being on the set of “Star Trek Beyond” when a call from Diesel drew him back into the “Fast and Furious” world.
“I thought I was done with it but even though I was gone, I actually now look back and I don’t think I ever was gone,” Lin said. “I still remember I was in the cutting room on ‘Star Trek Beyond’ and Vin called me and he’s talking about Dom and the state of Dom for two hours. I’m sitting there going, like, what movie am I making? It’s just been a relationship, you know? It’s always been more than just a movie. So when I woke up with this idea I called Vin and the studio and they were like ‘OK, let’s go.’ I never felt like the door was closed.”
Now, after a long delay due to the coronavirus pandemic, fans are finally going to get to see Lin’s vision for “F9” come to life when the movie hits theaters on June 25. And since it definitely sounds like there’s some major family drama ahead for the Torettos, fans should buckle up for an intense ride.