With a ninth and tenth film planned since 2014, Lin was confirmed to be directing F9 in October 2017, returning to the franchise since last directing Fast & Furious 6 (2013). F9 is the first film in the franchise since The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006) not written by Chris Morgan. The cast was finalized with the addition of Cena in June 2019 and principal photography began that same month and lasted until that November, with filming locations including London, Los Angeles, Tbilisi, and Thailand.
F9 was originally scheduled for a worldwide release by Universal Pictures in April 2020, but was delayed several times, first due to the release of Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) and planned release of No Time to Die (2021), and then the COVID-19 pandemic. It premiered in South Korea and was released internationally on May 19, 2021, and in the United States on June 25. The film received mixed reviews with praise for the stunts and Lin's direction, but criticism for its unrealistic action sequences and formulaic script. It has grossed over $623 million worldwide as of July 2021, making it the third-highest-grossing film of 2021, the highest-grossing American film of 2021, and the highest grossing English-language film of 2021. Two sequels are in development.
In 1989, Jack Toretto participates in a race, with his sons Dominic and Jakob in his pit crew. Dom argues with rival racer Kenny Linder about his dirty tactics. As the race resumes, Linder's car clips Jack's bumper and causes the car to hit a wall and explode, killing him. After the crash, Dom is arrested after nearly beating Linder to death. While serving his sentence, he recalls that Jakob had worked on Jack's car the day he died, and concludes that Jakob killed their father. Upon release, Dom confronts and challenges Jakob to a race, forcing him to leave town when he loses.
In the present, two years after the confrontation against cyberterroristCipher,[N 1] Dom is retired, raising his son Brian with his wife, Letty Ortiz. Roman Pearce, Tej Parker, and Ramsey arrive with news of Mr. Nobody capturing Cipher, with his plane subsequently being attacked by rogue agents and crashing in Montequinto, a fictional location in Central America. Dom agrees to help them after realizing Jakob is involved. Searching the plane, they find part of a device named Aries, which can hack into any computer-controlled weapons system. The team is then ambushed by a private army led by Jakob, who steals the device. The team rendezvous with Michael Stasiak en route to their safe house. Dom's sister Mia arrives to help, and Dom reluctantly allows her to join them, and leaving their kids for protection with Brian. The team learns that Han Lue is connected to Aries, and Letty and Mia go to Tokyo to investigate.
Meanwhile, Jakob meets with Otto, his associate. Cipher, after failing to sway Jakob, tells him the other half of Aries is in Edinburgh. Dom meets his father's former mechanic, Buddy, who took Jakob in after his exile, and learns that Jakob is in London. Letty and Mia find Han, still alive, along with his ward, Elle. Roman and Tej recruit Sean Boswell, Twinkie, and Earl Hu, who have been working on a "rocket car" at a German air base. In London, Dom meets Queenie Shaw, who gives him Jakob's location. Dom confronts Otto and Jakob, who tells Dom to leave. Otto has Dom arrested, but Leysa, an old friend of Dom, rescues him.