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'F9' Release Delayed For A Year Because Of Coronavirus Concerns

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By Clark Sparky

The next installment in the Fast & Furious franchise -- F9 -- was supposed to hit theaters this May. But now fans will have to wait until April of next year because of the coronavirus. The announcement was made by the film's social media account.

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"To our family of Fast fans everywhere, We feel all the love and the anticipation you have for the next chapter in our saga," the statement read. "That’s why it’s especially tough to let you know that we have to move the release date of the film. It’s become clear that it won’t be possible for all of our fans around the world to see the film this May."

"We are moving the global release date to April 2021, with North America opening on April 2. While we know there is disappointment in having to wait a little while longer, this move is made with the safety of everyone as our foremost consideration," the message continued. "Moving will allow our global family to experience our new chapter together. We’ll see you next spring. Much love, Your Fast Family."

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The next installment in the Fast & Furious film franchise was scheduled for release on May 22. Franchise regulars Vin Diesel, Ludacris, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson and Nathalie Emmanuel are all set to reprise their roles while Charlize Theron will return as Cipher and Helen Mirren will again play Magdalene Shaw. John Cena will make his Fast debut in the movie as Diesel's character's estranged brother and other newcomers include Michael Rooker, Vinnie Bennett, Finn Cole, Sam Lerner and Anna Sawai. The movie was directed by Justin Lin (Fast & Furious 6).

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