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It’s time to get those John Cena bingo cards out. The West Newbury native — former WWE superstar, platinum-certified rapper, and family quiz show host — has a new addition on his resume: “The Fast and the Furious” cast member. Cena’s latest endeavor was just teased by a fellow costar.

In a new Instagram video, Vin Diesel mentioned Cena as he spoke about upcoming “surprises” in “Fast & Furious 9” and his experience shooting again in London.

“[There are] a few new surprises, including John Cena, who I believe is going to completely shine in this movie,” Diesel said.

(Diesel mispronounced Cena’s name, correcting himself in the comment section. “The world’s saga. . . it’s CENA not SENNA Vin. Haha,” he wrote.)

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The cast has just entered its third week of production, per Diesel’s post.

As for Cena’s role in the film, that’s still under wraps.

In a June 7 statement, Universal confirmed his presence in the film, calling his character “a badass.” Some fans already have their theories, speculating that Cena has been cast as a replacement of sorts for Dwayne Johnson, who will not be returning to the franchise this time around.

Diesel’s recent Instagram post also confirmed the return of two franchise veterans — Charlize Theron and Helen Mirren. Both actresses were introduced to fans in 2017’s “Fate of the Furious.” Theron plays Cipher, a cyberterrorist and the movie’s antagonist. Mirren has a smaller role, playing the mother of Deckard (Jason Statham) and Owen (Luke Evans). Mirren will be seen in this role in the upcoming spinoff “Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw,” coming out Aug. 2, which will star Johnson, as well as Vanessa KirbyEiza Gonzalez, and Idris Elba.

According to Cena, his role in the film came about thanks to a direct message on Instagram. In an interview promoting his Nickelodeon television reboot of “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader,” Cena mentioned his enthusiasm for the project.

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“I’m really super excited,” he said. “I have to thank Vin Diesel for kind of orchestrating this; he sent out an Instagram message a long time ago to get this snowball rolling, and I am so grateful to be part of such a storied franchise.”

Justin Lin, who directed the sixth installment in the series, has returned to direct the ninth.


Chris Triunfo can be reached at christian.triunfo@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @triunfo_chris.