The film is set to be released in theaters on May 19, 2023.
Justin Lin has withdrawn from directing the tenth installment of the Fast and Furious franchise, “Fast X,” which began filming last week, although he will stay on board as a producer.
In a statement released by The Fast Saga on Twitter, Lin wrote: “With the support of Universal, I have made the difficult decision to step back as the director of Fast X, while remaining with the project as a producer.”
“Over 10 years and five films, we have been able to shoot the best actors, the best stunts, and the best damn car chases. On a personal note, as the child of Asian immigrants, I am proud of helping to build the most diverse franchise in movie history.”
“I will forever be grateful to the amazing cast, crew, and studio for their support, and for welcoming me into the Fast family,” his statement concluded.
According to PEOPLE, Lin joined the franchise with its third sequel, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, in 2006, after directing five prior films in the franchise.
He didn’t direct the seventh and eighth films, but he did return for F9, which grossed over $720 million worldwide. The overall film franchise has grossed over $6 billion globally.
As we previously reported, Vin Diesel was the one who announced Brie Larson’s inclusion in “Fast & Furious 10” on Instagram with a photo of the two beaming broadly for the camera.
Diesel began his post by saying, “You see this angel over my shoulder cracking me up, you say to yourself, ‘That’s Captain Marvel.’ 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. You have no idea how timeless and amazing she will be in our mythology.”
“Beyond her beauty, her intellect, her Oscar is this profound soul who will add something you might not have expected but yearned for. Welcome to the family, Brie,” he concluded his post.
Larson, for her part, confirmed her casting in a Sunday morning Instagram post as well, saying, “Excited doesn’t even begin to explain how I feel about joining the Fast family. Thank you for welcoming me in with so much kindness and excitement.”
Reactions to Justin Lin Steps Down As Director Of “Fast X”
Justin Lin shooting 1 week of FAST X to only quit the next Tuesday… WHAT is Vin Diesel doing to these people???— Andrew J. Salazar (@AndrewJ626) April 26, 2022
The possibility of Vin Diesel taking over for Justin Lin as the director of Fast X should be immediately tossed aside if you're at all familiar with the Eastwood Rule.— DEJ #BlackLivesMatter #TransRights #FreePalestine (@DawsonEJoyce) April 26, 2022