Michael Rooker as Youndu in Guardians of the Galaxy series

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For all that "Fast & Furious 9" is jam-packed with big stars, there's still room for another.

The cast has grown again, with Michael Rooker buckling up for the ride. The actor has joined the cast of the ninth film in the car action franchise, Deadline reports. He'll portray a character named Buddy.

Production began in June, so Rooker is a bit of a latecomer to the project. Of course, it's better late than never. He'll get to appear in the film alongside longtime Fast and Furious vets Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, and Chris "Ludacris" Bridges. Also returning are Nathalie Emmanuel from "Furious 7" and "Fast 8" alums Charlize Theron and Helen Mirren. Meanwhile, John Cena, like Rooker, will make his debut in the franchise.

Rooker already has another major film series on his resume. He's starred in two Guardians of the Galaxy movies as the blue-skinned buccaneer Yondu. The actor also memorably played Merle Dixon on "The Walking Dead."

"Fast & Furious 9" is directed by Justin Lin, whose story was turned into a screenplay by Dan Casey. The action flick is slated to hit theaters on May 20, 2020.

[via: Deadline]