As a result of the fear surrounding the coronavirus, Universal Pictures has decided to postpone the release of Fast & Furious 9 by a year.
Originally slated to be released on May 22, 2020, the film will now be released on April 2, 2021.
The official Fast and Furious Facebook page announced the release date change on Thursday:
To our family of Fast fans everywhere,
We feel all the love and the anticipation you have for the next chapter in our saga.
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.
Moving will allow our global family to experience our new chapter together. We’ll see you next spring.
Your Fast Family
Fast and Furious 9 is directed by Justin Lin and stars Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, John Cena, Tyrese Gibson, Sung Kang, Jordana Brewster, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Nathalie Emmanuel, Helen Mirren, Charlize Theron, Cardi B, UFC star Francis Ngannou, and Michael Rooker.