Justin Lin To Be Replaced As Director for Fast X

Justin Lin

According to Deadline, Louis Leterrier has emerged as the front-runner to replace Justin Lin as director of Universal's next Fast and Furious film Fast X, only days after Lin announced his departure.

According to reports, Leterrier is the studio's preferred pick, but a deal hasn't yet been struck because Leterrier's other projects need to be sorted out first.

Even though Lin's departure came as a shock to everyone, studio insiders were sure that a successor could be found and the break in the  filming process would be short. After Lin's departure, Leterrier immediately rose to the top of the list of potential directors to be approached by Universal CEO Donna Langley, according to insiders.

No one at Universal had anything to say about it.

The news of Lin's departure as the director of Fast X was first reported by Deadline on Wednesday. Although the separation was amicable, insiders suggest that Lin's departure was due to creative differences. A contract for Leterrier to replace Lin on Fast X is imminent, and the studio should still be able to meet its May 19, 2023, release date.

Production has begun in London.  Vin Diesel and the core Fast & Furious cast will be returning, and joining them will be  newcomers Jason Momoa and Brie Larson. Fast X was co-written by Lin and Dan Mazeau, with Diesel, Neal Moritz, Jeff Kirschenbaum and Samantha Vincent serving as producers. Lin will stay on as a producer after the film's release.

Clash of the Titans and Now You See Me are among Leterrier's previous works. He has recently been working in television as the director, executive producer, and showrunner of Netflix's Lupin. In addition to this, he directed every episode of The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance on the streaming service.

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