The ninth instalment of the Fast & Furious franchise – titled ‘F9‘ – hits the cinema screens this summer. The film brings back much of the core star cast and adds a new face. Wrestler-turned-actor John Cena is playing the primary antagonist. Speaking at a virtual press meet days before the film’s second trailer launch, Cena said, he is living out his dream by being a part of the film. “I don’t lose sight of the opportunity I am getting to be a part of a legacy that is two decades long, where these people have devoted their lives and put their physical health on line to maintain the reputation that goes along with these movies,” he said.
The franchise has previously featured another successful wrestler-turned-actor Dwayne Johnson. Many pundits and fans are already comparing the two and their impact on the films. The ‘Bumblebee’ star added that he knew the role invites scrutiny and comparisons. He said, “I knew full well going in that I would be sized up but I’m also a super geek fan of the franchise. I love what the movies are and what a life-changing opportunity it is to be invited into this.” Cena plays Jakob Toretto, brother of the series’ protagonist Dominic Toretto, played by Vin Diesel. Talking about the opportunity, Cena said, “I was asked to be a Toretto. That has weight in it. I don’t take that lightly and I don’t take my investment in the work lightly.”