Louis Leterrier is on standby to drive Fast X to completion.
Only a week following Justin Lin’s resignation as director of the Fast & Furious’ 10th main installment, Universal Pictures pointed out that Leterrier was the replacement, according to EW.
Although no formal contract has been signed yet, the 48-year-old French filmmaker would contribute much action experience to the franchise.
Among the films he directed are two Transporter movies (with Jason Statham, a Fast family member), The Incredible Hulk, and Clash of the Titans. In addition, he worked on Netflix’s Lupin and The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance in a more recent direction.
Last Tuesday, an announcement from Lin and Universal said that he had made the “difficult decision” to step down as a director of Fast X, which had merely begun shooting. But he is still part of the film as a producer.
“Over ten years and five films, we have been able to shoot the best actors, the best stunts, and the best damn car chases,” stated Lin.
“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.”
Fast X is set to show in theaters on May 19, 2023, with the several of the most prominent personalities in show business: Statham, Vin Diesel, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Michelle Rodriguez, Ludacris, Sung Kang, Nathalie Emmanuel, Brie Larson, Jason Momoa, and Charlize Theron.
In 2014, it was announced that the franchise would have around three more films after Furious 7. And in 2020, they revealed that the main series, The Fast Saga, would end with a tenth and eleventh installment.