The family is getting bigger. In case you thought 10 movies and a spin-off film starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Jason Statham weren’t enough, the Fast & Furious franchise isn’t slowing down anytime soon and now it’s racing into new territory–the animated world.
Yes, The Fast & The Furious is getting a cartoon spin-off, thanks to Netflix. While the streaming service is already bursting at the seams with original content, this is one project that everyone should be excited about. After all, who doesn’t want more Fast & Furious to watch?
The animated series won’t follow the further adventures of Dom (Vin Diesel) and his crew, though. Instead, the currently unnamed cartoon centers on Tony Toretto, Dom’s teenage cousin, as he follows in the elder Toretto’s footsteps–which seems like a terrible idea, given how close to death Dom and everyone he knows often it.
According to a series description from Netflix, Tony “and his friends are recruited by a government agency to infiltrate an elite racing league serving as a front for a nefarious crime organization bent on world domination.” That’s some pretty heavy material for a teenager.
The new animated series is part of an expanded agreement between Netflix and Dreamworks Animation, which has already seen shows like Trollhunters debut on the service. “We are thrilled to take our fantastic partnership with DreamWorks Animation to the next level with new opportunities from the vast library of Universal Pictures,” Melissa Cobb, Vice President of Kids and Family at Netflix, says in a statement. “The Fast & Furious franchise is a global phenomenon beloved by audiences of all ages, and we can’t wait to get started on the new animated series that will capture the action, heart, humor and global appeal of the feature films.”
While a premiere date has not been announced for the new cartoon, the Netflix website lists it as coming in 2019–before Fast & Furious 9 arrives in 2020. Additionally, the first look at the series has been released, which shows that the street racing aspect of the film series will be well-represented in the animated series.