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Vin Diesel scoffs banana as he joins co-star Michelle Rodriguez to film scenes for Fast & Furious 9

Pre-production for the ninth installment of the action film franchise started in February this year.

And now official filming has began for Fast & Furious 9 as Vin Diesel and Michelle Rodriguez were spotted on set in the Hertfordshire countryside in England on Monday.

The actor, 51, who stars as Dominic Toretto was seen scoffing a banana in between scenes as Michelle, 40, who plays his onscreen wife Letty Ortiz appeared in good spirits.

Snack time: official filming has began for Fast & Furious 9 as Vin Diesel and Michelle Rodriguez were spotted on set in the Hertfordshire countryside in England on Monday

Snack time: official filming has began for Fast & Furious 9 as Vin Diesel and Michelle Rodriguez were spotted on set in the Hertfordshire countryside in England on Monday

Pictures show the stars in a woodland area filming as yet unknown scenes for the popular high-adrenaline film series.

Making the most of his down time, Vin was seen munching on a banana as he was flanked by an assistant. 

Dressed in a white vest and a sleeveless blue shirt, Vin’s bulging biceps were on full display as he prepared to get into character.

He teamed his outfit with pale blue skinny jeans and tan boots.

Filming: The actor, 51, who stars as Dominic Toretto was seen scoffing a banana in between scenes as Michelle, 40, who plays his onscreen wife Letty Ortiz appeared in good spirits

Filming: The actor, 51, who stars as Dominic Toretto was seen scoffing a banana in between scenes as Michelle, 40, who plays his onscreen wife Letty Ortiz appeared in good spirits

Hungry: Vin devoured the fruit while filming scenes for the hit action movie franchise

Hungry: Vin devoured the fruit while filming scenes for the hit action movie franchise

On set: Pictures show the stars in a woodland area filming as yet unknown scenes for the popular high-adrenaline film series

On set: Pictures show the stars in a woodland area filming as yet unknown scenes for the popular high-adrenaline film series

Tasty: Making the most of his down time, Vin was seen munching on a banana as he was flanked by an assistant

Tasty: Making the most of his down time, Vin was seen munching on a banana as he was flanked by an assistant

Tasty: Making the most of his down time, Vin was seen munching on a banana as he was flanked by an assistant

Action star: Dressed in a white vest and a sleeveless blue shirt, Vin's bulging biceps were on full display as he prepared to get into character

Action star: Dressed in a white vest and a sleeveless blue shirt, Vin’s bulging biceps were on full display as he prepared to get into character

In character: He teamed his outfit with pale blue skinny jeans and tan boots

In character: He teamed his outfit with pale blue skinny jeans and tan boots

Mini me: Vin was joined by a young boy on set, with the youngster donning blue dungarees and a plaid shirt

Mini me: Vin was joined by a young boy on set, with the youngster donning blue dungarees and a plaid shirt

Meanwhile, Michelle appeared relaxed and content as she strolled around set ready for filming.

The star rocked a pair of pair blue dungarees, which she wore with a white vest top and a denim jacket tied around the waist.

The actress also had on a brown work belt and teamed her ensemble with a pair of navy Crocs.  

The superstar pair appeared to be enjoying their first day of filming, with the duo surrounded by various members of production staff.

Chit chat: The star chatting to a member of the team amid filming for the new movie

Chit chat: The star chatting to a member of the team amid filming for the new movie

Getting in the zone: Vin looked in deep conversation as he prepared to get into character as Dominic Toretto

Getting in the zone: Vin looked in deep conversation as he prepared to get into character as Dominic Toretto

Getting in the zone: Vin looked in deep conversation as he prepared to get into character as Dominic Toretto

Ripped: The Riddick star looked buff and toned as he showed of his muscles in the tight, white vest

Ripped: The Riddick star looked buff and toned as he showed of his muscles in the tight, white vest

Puffing away: The actor was seen puffing on a cigarette on the set of the new film

Puffing away: The actor was seen puffing on a cigarette on the set of the new film

Puffing away: The actor was seen puffing on a cigarette on the set of the new film

Images also show Vin’s character Dominic Toretto’s infamous Dodge Charger car, which will no doubt take centre stage at some point in the film.

Typical of the British weather, the heavens soon opened up and Vin was shielded by the rain by an umbrella-toting aide. 

On Monday, Game of Thrones star Nathalie Emmanuel confirmed filming and confirmed her return as hacktivist Ramsey in the film.

She tweeted: ‘Day one of shooting Fast and Furious 9 today… The team is back together,’ alongside several emoji depicting characters from the film. 

Location: The ninth installment of the franchise headed to the English countryside to film

Location: The ninth installment of the franchise headed to the English countryside to film 

Quick change: The Pitch Black actor donned a blue, sleeveless shirt for his scenes

Quick change: The Pitch Black actor donned a blue, sleeveless shirt for his scenes

Quick change: The Pitch Black actor donned a blue, sleeveless shirt for his scenes

Rain rain go away: Typical of the British weather, the heavens soon opened up and Vin was shielded by the rain by an umbrella-toting aide

Rain rain go away: Typical of the British weather, the heavens soon opened up and Vin was shielded by the rain by an umbrella-toting aide

Lunch time: The 51-year-old chowed down on food as he took a break from filming

Lunch time: The 51-year-old chowed down on food as he took a break from filming

Lunch time: The 51-year-old chowed down on food as he took a break from filming

Time to eat: Vin sat down at a wooden table and enjoyed a plate of hearty food amid filming

Time to eat: Vin sat down at a wooden table and enjoyed a plate of hearty food amid filming

Relax: The superstar pair appeared to be enjoying their first day of filming, with the duo surrounded by various members of production staff

Relax: The superstar pair appeared to be enjoying their first day of filming, with the duo surrounded by various members of production staff

Relax: The superstar pair appeared to be enjoying their first day of filming, with the duo surrounded by various members of production staff

Epic: Pre-production for the ninth installment of the action film franchise started in February this year

Epic: Pre-production for the ninth installment of the action film franchise started in February this year

Her emojis shows six characters; Dominic, Letty and Tyrese Gibson’s Roman Pearce.

It also appears to show the return of Jordana Brewster’s character Mia, after she failed to appear in previous flick The Fate of the Furious. 

The last two portray technical wizards Ramsey and Tej Parker played by Chris Bridges aka Ludacris. 

Last month it was revealed that wrestler-turned-actor John Cena was officially joining the cast after an appearance by the 42-year-old was hinted at in April by series star Vin.

Close: Vin and the youngster shared a joke as the star opened his banana

Close: Vin and the youngster shared a joke as the star opened his banana

Downpour: An assistant held an umbrella above Vin's head as the heaven's opened during filming

Downpour: An assistant held an umbrella above Vin's head as the heaven's opened during filming

Downpour: An assistant held an umbrella above Vin’s head as the heaven’s opened during filming

Hey pal: Michelle rocked a pair of pair blue dungarees, which she wore with a white vest top and a denim jacket tied around the waist

Hey pal: Michelle rocked a pair of pair blue dungarees, which she wore with a white vest top and a denim jacket tied around the waist

Touch up: The Hollywood hunk had his make-up touched up on set

Touch up: The Hollywood hunk had his make-up touched up on set 

Ready for my close-up: The star appeared in good spirits as he larked around with the crew

Ready for my close-up: The star appeared in good spirits as he larked around with the crew

There’s no word yet on John’s character, but a Universal press release calls his character ‘a bada**.’ 

The WWE star may fill a void left by series recruit Dwayne Johnson, who first appeared in 2011’s Fast Five and became a major component of the series.

He’s not slated to appear in Fast & Furious 9, which still lacks a final title.

Instead, he’ll lead his own spin-off, Hobbs & Shaw, in which he’ll team up with former villain Jason Statham.

New addition: Last month it was revealed that wrestler-turned-actor John Cena was officially joining the cast after an appearance by the 42-year-old was hinted at in April by series star Vin

New addition: Last month it was revealed that wrestler-turned-actor John Cena was officially joining the cast after an appearance by the 42-year-old was hinted at in April by series star Vin

Vroom vroom: Images also show Vin's character Dominic Toretto's infamous Dodge Charger car, which will no doubt take centre stage at some point in the film

Vroom vroom: Images also show Vin's character Dominic Toretto's infamous Dodge Charger car, which will no doubt take centre stage at some point in the film

Vroom vroom: Images also show Vin’s character Dominic Toretto’s infamous Dodge Charger car, which will no doubt take centre stage at some point in the film

Driving forced: The stunning black vehicle was seen parked up on set in Hertfordshire

Driving forced: The stunning black vehicle was seen parked up on set in Hertfordshire

Another Fast & Furious regular, Michelle Rodriguez, recently confirmed that she’ll also be returning for the upcoming sequel.

While appearing at the Bloomberg Equality Summit in London in May, she said she would return after a new studio executive ‘agreed to have that female voice on board so the guys aren’t basically interpreting that female voice on paper.’

Michelle had previously complained about having to rewrite her lines because they didn’t sound like something a woman might say.

She was also critical of how few lines and scenes she shared with the series’ other women stars.

No woman writer has yet been announced for the film, which is being written by Dan Casey from a story by Justin Lin.

Fast & Furious 9 is set for release in cinemas on May 22 2020. 

She's back: On Monday, Game of Thrones star Nathalie Emmanuel confirmed filming and confirmed her return as hacktivist Ramsey in the film

She’s back: On Monday, Game of Thrones star Nathalie Emmanuel confirmed filming and confirmed her return as hacktivist Ramsey in the film

Exciting: She tweeted: 'Day one of shooting Fast and Furious 9 today... The team is back together,' alongside several emoji depicting characters from the film

Exciting: She tweeted: ‘Day one of shooting Fast and Furious 9 today… The team is back together,’ alongside several emoji depicting characters from the film

Reprising her role: Fast & Furious regular, Michelle Rodriguez, recently confirmed that she'll also be returning for the upcoming sequel

Reprising her role: Fast & Furious regular, Michelle Rodriguez, recently confirmed that she’ll also be returning for the upcoming sequel

Speaking out: Michelle had previously complained about having to rewrite her lines because they didn't sound like something a woman might say

Speaking out: Michelle had previously complained about having to rewrite her lines because they didn’t sound like something a woman might say

Changes: No woman writer has yet been announced for the film, which is being written by Dan Casey from a story by Justin Lin

Changes: No woman writer has yet been announced for the film, which is being written by Dan Casey from a story by Justin Lin

 

Daily Mail UK

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