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'Fast & Furious 9' Release Date Moved Back One Year

The ninth installment of The Fast & The Furious franchise has been delayed by a year.

Originally, the new film was slated to be released on April 19, 2019, but Universal has just announced that the film will now hit theaters on April 10, 2020. The studio gave no reason for the shift, Variety reports.

Many of the franchise’s stars have made clear they will return for the new movie led by Vin Diesel. However, earlier in the summer, Michelle Rodriguez threatened to leave the franchise, and things may be up in the air with The Rock after his feud with Vin.

In addition, Universal announced that the Trolls sequel will move from April 10, 2020 to February 14, 2020.

Vin Diesel Wasn't Original Choice for Fast & Furious' Dom Toretto - Find Out Who Turned Down Role!

The Fate of the Furious producer Neil H. Moritz just revealed that Vin Diesel wasn’t the original choice to play the role of Dominic Toretto in The Fast and the Furious films!

Neil went on The Bill Simmons Podcast and spoke about how the studio originally tapped Justified‘s Timothy Olyphant for the role.

“I had been working with Paul Walker on another movie, Skulls, and I gave him the script [for The Fast and the Furious],” Neil said. “Rob Cohen, who I had made The Rat Pack with, we gave him the script. The two of them liked the idea. And then we had to look for Dom Toretto. The studio said, ‘If you can get Timothy Olyphant to play that role we will greenlight the movie… The luckiest thing that ever happened to us is Tim Olyphant turned us down. He’s a great actor. In fact, I’m curious to see what that movie would have been.”

Later, Neil met with Vin at a restaurant after seeing some of his work.

“I went and met him at Kate Mantilini [restaurant] and he wasn’t a star yet, but the great thing about Vin is he always believed he was a star,” Neil continued. “And I was going in there to think he’s coming to me to want the role and I’m the one there now having to convince him to do the role! Lucky for both of us that happened. And then we started to make the movie.”

Of course, Vin has famously played the role of Dom since the release of the 2001 movie!