Fast n Furious 9

Fast and Furious 9 film release put back by 11 months

F9 was due out in May, but will now not reach cinemas until April 2021.

"It's become clear that it won't be possible for all of our fans around the world to see the film this May," a statement said on Twitter.

F9 is the ninth main instalment in the franchise, and will star Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez and Charlize Theron.

"While we know there is disappointment in having to wait a little while longer, this move is made with the safety of everyone as our foremost consideration. Moving will allow our global family to experience our new chapter together."

John Cena will appear in Fast & Furious 9, says it's an 'incredible honour'

Cena confirmed what fans had been speculating since April, posting to Twitter saying, "For nearly 20 years, the Fast franchise has entertained fans and created some of the biggest cinematic moments in history. It's an incredible honour to join this franchise and this family."

Industry site Deadline first reported the news on Friday (US time), saying the only thing known about Cena's character is that he will be "a bad...".

The official confirmation comes two months after longtime star of the franchise, Vin Diesel, hinted at the addition on his Instagram account.