Vin Diesel Says the Spirit of Paul Walker Brought John Cena to ‘F9’

Vin Diesel Says the Spirit of Paul Walker Brought John Cena to ‘F9’
Nine “Fast and the Furious” entries later, the shadow of Paul Walker, who died in 2013, still hangs over the street-racing franchise. With the latest entry, “F9,” finally due for a release from Universal Pictures on June 25 after being pushed back more than two years (and several times), the stars are starting to make the press rounds. That includes Vin Diesel, who plays retired professional street racer Dominic Toretto, who said he felt that late actor Paul Walker sent him a sign to cast John Cena as Jakob Toretto, an assassin and Diesel’s character’s brother.

“I remember once we started getting closer to production, [director] Justin [Lin] and I would talk about how harrowing it would be to actually cast a new Toretto, the brother of Toretto,” Diesel said during a recent “F9” press conference, according to ComicBook.com. “There’s so many different directions you could go.”

Diesel continued, “And I
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