Since joining the Fast and Furious family as the director of the 2006’s The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, Justin Lin’s name has become as attached to the franchise as most of the stars of the franchise. Initially billed to direct Fast X, the franchise’s swansong, Lin has opted to step down.
He broke the news via the franchise’s official Instagram handle.
“With the support of Universal, I have made the difficult decision to step back as director of FAST X, while remaining with the project as a producer.
“”Over 10 years and five films, we have been able to shoot the best actors, the best stunts, and the best damn car chases,” he continued. “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,” he concluded.
Fast X just started filming last week and with Justin Lin’s exit, there’s no report on what comes next for the bevy of stars currently on set.
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