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I owe thanks to Vin Diesel, says John Cena on being cast in Fast & Furious 9

Last week Vin Diesel confirmed the news that John Cena will be joining the ninth installment of the Fast and the Furious, and Cena promises fans that they “will get his absolute best”.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the WWE wrestler said, “There are countless ways to describe the upside of an opportunity like this. First and foremost, I’m a car guy, and that is what the franchise was built off of. They have a way of weaving this family narrative and making it a truly successful and globally reaching franchise.

“They’re also known for delivering the larger-than-life action and continue to outdo themselves, but they never shy away from story and the narrative that they’ve developed. They’re constantly redefining the franchise but not redefining the ethos. Literally, I’m surrounded by a group of people who are better than I am and such skilled people with so much experience, so what a great environment to learn from. It really is a tremendous opportunity.”

Back in April, Vin Diesel teased about John Cena being cast in the ninth installment of Fast & Furious on his Instagram account but now, Universal has confirmed the news.

“I certainly owe a thanks to Vin Diesel as well. Because he sent out a social media message kind of alluding to the fact that that opportunity may be real, but at the time it certainly was not. And his message had a lot of weight and appeal to it. I guess that kind of got this avalanche of opportunity rolling, and I’m just really happy to get the chance.”

And he’s looking forward to working on the project. “I give everybody who is attached to the franchise and who enjoys the franchise the promise that you will get my absolute best.”

Dan Casey is writing the screenplay from a story by Justin Lin. Production starts later this month for a May 22, 2020 release; Diesel is also producing the flick.

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