John Cena in Blockers

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Will John Cena become the newest member of the "Fast and Furious" family?

It certainly looks that way from a video posted on Instagram by star/producer Vin Diesel, who credits the late Paul Walker with inspiring the casting decision for the upcoming "Fast and Furious 9."

"Guys, as you know, I'm always thinking fast, and thinking about the responsibility of making something iconic and deserving of your loyalty," Diesel says.

"I know this sounds crazy, but every blue moon I feel like Pablo up there sends me someone. Another soldier in the fight for truth. Today, someone came by Toretto Gym that speaks to what Pablo would have brought."

The camera then pans to Cena, dressed in a suit, who waves and winks but doesn't speak.



With Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham getting their own "Fast" spinoff, "Hobbs and Shaw," the franchise could be looking to infuse new fuel into its billion-dollar tanks. Cena has previously expressed interest in facing off/teaming up with fellow WWE alum Johnson in a "Fast and Furious" movie.

Cena's acting career has been heating up in the past couple of years, with well-received turns in "Blockers" and "Bumblebee." He is also rumored to be in talks for the "Suicide Squad" reboot/sequel.

"Fast and Furious 9" is slated to open in theaters May 22, 2020.