April ending with shocking news – Justin Lin steps back as director of Fast X!
Justin Lin, who was almost ready to direct Fast X, has announced in a formal statement that he will no longer serve the movie as director moving on.
“Justin Lin Announces He Will No Longer Direct Fast and Furious 10 Days Into Production on Fast X,” People Tweeted.
On Tuesday, the former director who co-scripted the film with Dan Mazeau and worked in the other five films of the franchise broke the news on the film’s Instagram account.
“With the support of Universal, I have made the difficult decision to step back as director of FAST X,” reads the statement, which further added that he will continue working as a producer for the project.
“Over 10 years and five films, we have been able to shoot the best actors, the best stunts, and the best damn car chases,” Lin continued. “On a personal note, as the child of Asian immigrants, I am proud of helping to build the most diverse franchise in movie history.”
He concluded his statement by saying, “I will forever be grateful to the amazing cast, crew and studio for their support, and for welcoming me into the FAST family.”
Last week Fast X began shooting with its longtime franchise stars, Vin Diesel, Sung Kang, Jordana Brewster, Michelle Rodriguez, Ludacris, and Tyrese Gibson. Moreover, the upcoming movie might show the return of Nathalie Emmanuel as well as BET Hip-Hop Award winner Cardi B.
Justin Lin joined the production from its third installment in 2006 and directed five movies of the franchise, including, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, Fast & Furious (2009), Fast Five (2011), & Fast & Furious 6 (2013).
While he did not work on the 7th and 8th installments, he came back for F9, which earned around $270 million worldwide.
Previously, Diesel, 54 announced that Brie Larson would be joining the Fast X’s cast and posted a picture with the Oscar winner actor on his social media.
“Yeah yeah yeah … you see this angel over my shoulder cracking me up, you say to your self ‘That’s captain Marvel,’ ” he wrote for the caption. “Clearly there is love and laughter in this image. What you don’t see however, is the character you will be introduced to in Fast10.”
The longtime Fast and Furious star added, “You have no idea how timeless and amazing she will be in our mythology. Beyond her beauty, her intellect … her Oscar, haha is this profound soul who will add something you might not have expected but yearned for. Welcome to the FAMILY Brie.” Fast X is set to hit big screens in May 2023.