Fast & Furious 9 is diving back into the past and will explore more of the origin story of Vin Diesel's Dom Toretto. The latest installment of the racing film follows the character as he reunites with his estranged younger brother, Jakob (John Cena).
Jakob is going to be one of the major antagonists in Fast & Furious 9. He is a high-skilled assassin and working alongside a criminal mastermind and cyberterrorist, Cipher (Charlize Theron). The latter was the main villain in The Fate of the Furious.
Since one of Dom's estranged family members shows up in the picture, the past of Diesel's character will be fleshed out properly. It may tackle some of the issues he had with them, particularly the reason how and why he and Jakob fell apart.
Previously, Diesel revealed that his son, Vincent Sinclair, will be playing the younger version of Dom in the latest outing of the franchise. This indicates that the movie is bringing some flashback scenes, which could detail Dom's relationship with other members of the Toretto family.
Now, the actor further backed his statement about the Fast & Furious 9 addressing Dom's origin story. In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Diesel said the film will deeply explore his character's past and will feature some events before tied to the first movie The Fast and the Furious in 2001.
He teased that the ninth installment will answer a lot of questions hanging up in the air since the beginning -- including how Dom became the infamous criminal today. The actor added that the story will go before the 2001 film, which launched the franchise.
Diesel further said that the long-time fans will learn more about "where was Dom before he became Dom" and the people who influenced him in the past. The actor noted that this is "gonna kind of blow your mind" and it'll be "really rich with story, and a lot of fun to see."
As for how the 2001 film will be included in the story, Diesel explained that Fast & Furious 9 brings back the "I almost had you" scene which features Brian O'Conner (Paul Walker). He explained that this particular event will be told from a much different perspective, which is another tribute to the late actor.
Meanwhile, Dom and his crew will help him with his battle against Jakob. Some of his old allies are coming back, such as Han Lue (Sung Kan). He was believed to have been long dead following the events that transpired in Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift.
Fast & Furious 9 will be released on May 19, 2021, in South Korea and on June 25, 2021, in the United States.