Justin Lin has resigned as director of Fast X, the forthcoming tenth installment of the long – running Fast & Furious franchise, shortly after production began in the film.
In an announcement via a social media statement, Lin wrote: “With the support of Universal, I have made the difficult decision to step back as director of Fast X, although I will remain on the project as a producer.”
He continued, “Over 10 years and five films, we have been able to shoot the best actors, the best tricks and the best car chases. On a personal note, as the son of an Asian immigrant, I am proud to have helped. build the most diverse franchise in film history.
“I will forever be grateful to the incredible staff, crew and studio for their support, and for welcoming my Fast family.”
Fast X went into production on April 20 and filming had already begun, although Lin’s departure from the project is said to be friendly (by Deadline) and attributed to creative differences. A new director has not yet been appointed.
Lin joined the series with Tokyo Drift 2005, directing Fast & Furious, Fast Five, Fast & Furious 6 and, after a break, last year’s F9. He was expected to direct the tenth (Fast X) and eleventh film in the series.
Fast X will premiere on May 19, 2023 and will be starring Jason Momoa, Brie Larson, Charlize Theron, and Cardi B along with longtime cast members such as Vin Diesel, Ludacris, Michelle Rodriguez, Nathalie Emmanuel, and Jason Statham. However, Dwayne Johnson has confirmed “there is no chance” of his return.
Last week (April 21), Vin Diesel said all Fast & Furious films are made to “honor” Paul Walker.
Walker played with Brian O’Conner opposite Diesel’s Dominic Toretto in The Fast And The Furious in 2001 and appeared in almost all of his installments thereafter until his death in 2013.
Sa social mediaStarting the filming of Fast X, Diesel explained that “there is not a day that I do not want to go back in time and talk to Pablo [Walker] so he’s not coming back to Los Angeles that Thanksgiving weekend. Every Fast movie I make, in depth, must always pay homage to my brother Pablo. “