Universal Pictures has found a new director to take over work on Fast X, the planned penultimate installment of the Fast and the Furious series.
Following the news last week that Justin Lin was exiting directing duties on Fast X, Universal Pictures has been on the hunt for a new director. It was announced on Monday that Louis Leterrier (The Incredible Hulk, The Transporter) will be taking over the film.
According to Variety, Leterrier beat out numerous candidates for the job. He ended up winning the position due to his experiences with directing action sequences.
In addition to the aforementioned films, Letterier has also directed films such as the 2010 remake of Clash of the Titans, 2021’s Lupin series on Netflix, and 2013’s Now You See Me.
During the temporary shut down the second unit has continued filming, but with the main unit shut down it was estimated the situation is costing Universal $600,000 to $1 million per day.
How this will impact the planned two-part finale is unclear for now. The original plan called for the finale of the series to be broken into two films, but there has been no word if it will be trimmed down to one film at this juncture.
Fast X is set to hit theaters on May 19, 2023, and as of now, there has been no indication of a release delay.