John Cena has officially joined the Fast & Furious franchise and will star in the upcoming Fast & Furious 9, per a report from Deadline and confirmation from the man himself.
Cena, who had been teased for a role in the upcoming movie by Hollywood star and Fast & Furious mainstay Vin Diesel via an Instagram video earlier this year, has been around the cameras for quite some time, having starred in multiple films.
He's now set to follow in the footsteps of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, who has been part of the franchise since 2011's Fast 5. The Rock has since shot spin off Hobb's & Shaw, which is set for release this August.
WWE has also released a statement on this development.
"The Champ is here, and he’s ready to burn some serious rubber.
As teased by franchise star Vin Diesel back in April, John Cena has officially joined the cast of “Fast & Furious 9,” reports Deadline.com.
Although not much is known about his character at this time, we can only assume that multiple attitudes will be adjusted, vehicles will be destroyed, and lives will be lived one quarter-mile at a time."
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Cena has described his joining the movie's cast as an "incredible honor".
“For nearly 20 years, the Fast Franchise has entertained fans and created some of the biggest cinematic moments in history,” he tweeted. “It’s an incredible honor to join this franchise and this family.”
For nearly 20 years, the Fast Franchise has entertained fans and created some of the biggest cinematic moments in history. It’s an incredible honor to join this franchise and this family. https://t.co/7GFzDsX8sl— John Cena (@JohnCena) June 7, 2019
Fast & Furious 9 will hit theaters on May 22, 2020. But we don't have that long of a wait where Hobbs & Shaw is concerned, with the film to release on August 2 this year.