As movie theaters struggle to stay afloat amid the coronavirus pandemic, John Cena insists his upcoming Fast & Furious 9 is a reason to venture out.
John Cena insists Fast & Furious 9 is a reason for audiences to go to movie theaters. The physics-defying racing franchise has only gotten bigger over the years, reaching new heights with every installment. Ever since the end of 2017's The Fate of the Furious, fans have eagerly anticipated the arrival of Fast & Furious 9 (officially titled F9). It was once scheduled for release in May 2020, but when the coronavirus pandemic thoroughly disrupted the moviegoing industry, Universal delayed it by a year. Currently, F9 will arrive in theaters on May 28 of this year, with two more installments to follow in the future.
In addition to featuring the usual members of the Fast & Furious family, such as Vin Diesel's Dominic Toretto, F9 will feature a new addition to the crew: John Cena, as Dom's never before seen brother Jakob. Perhaps most excitingly, though, is the fact that Fast & Furious 9 will bring back fan favorite Han (Sung Kang). For years, Han was thought to be dead, but the first trailer for Fast & Furious 9 heralded his triumphant return. Between Han's resurrection, Dom's villainous brother, and the usual jaw-dropping stunts, F9 is poised to be an exceedingly entertaining blockbuster.
Fast & Furious 9 will grace the latest issue of Total Film magazine. Cena took to social media to share the covers, as well as the message, "Been ready see this project come to audiences since I first stepped on set." Perhaps the most tantalizing quote, however, comes from the cover itself. In the cover story, Cena says, "Fast 9 is definitely a reason to go to the cinema." If fans were ever in doubt of this, Cena appears ready to set them straight.
Movie theaters have spent the past few months struggling to get back on their feet amid the coronavirus pandemic, and despite the arrival of studio tentpoles like Tenet and Wonder Woman 1984, the box office has dropped to devastating lows. The absence of theaters has led to a rise in streaming, particularly when it comes to big movies. In light of Warner Bros.' decision to release every 2021 movie on HBO Max and in theaters on the same day, many have begun to question the viability of theaters going forward.
In Cena's eyes, though, blockbuster blowouts like Fast & Furious 9 are meant to be seen on the big screen. A franchise like this one is definitely suited for theaters, as its action sequences are best showcased in that format. As Fast & Furious 9 is still several months away, there's a chance theater attendance could be up by the time of its release. Even if it's not, it's likely Universal is hoping the film will be enough to draw in the crowds that usually come out for this franchise. Cena certainly thinks it's a solid reason for audiences to venture out. Only time will tell if they agree with him.