Dwayne Johnson might not be appearing in the upcoming Fast & Furious 9, but the movie continues to add some impressive names. Following the news that Charlize Theron, Helen Mirren, and John Cena will all co-star, it’s been reported that Guardians of the Galaxy actor Michael Rooker has also joined the cast of the action sequel.
According to Deadline, Rooker will play a character named Buddy, and his casting is a “last minute addition” to the production, which is now underway. Rooker played Yondu in both Guardians of the Galaxy movies, and is also known for his role of Merle Dixon in The Walking Dead. He also appeared in the most recent season of True Detective and in movies such as Days of Thunder, JFK, Sea of Love, and Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer.
The currently-untitled Fast 9 hits theaters on May 22, 2020. It’s directed by Justin Lin, who has made four of the previous movies, and stars Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, and Ludacris. Although Johnson has appeared in every movie since 2012’s Fast Five, as well as this year’s spin-off Hobbs and Shaw, he isn’t part of the Fast 9 cast. Johnson and Diesel had a reported falling out during the shooting of The Fate of the Furious and did not share any scenes together.
In related news, Rodriguez recently took to Twitter to blast regular series screenwriter Chris Morgan. Her tweet was in response to comments that Morgan has made about the character of Shaw, played by Jason Statham, who killed the character of Han in the Morgan-written Fast & Furious: Tokyo Drift. Rodriguez declared that Morgan has “absolutely nothing to do with where [the Han] narrative is.”
Hobbs & Shaw released earlier this month–read GameSpot’s review here. For more, check out our ranking of the most ridiculous stunts in the Fast & Furious series.