This marks the second incident where Vin Diesel opted out of the second entry of a series that he originally launched as the lead before reprising the role again. Diesel also skipped the second entry of The Fast and the Furious series.
During filming Michael Bisping accepted a UFC title shot on 2 weeks notice to replace injured challenger Chris Weidman. Despite being a huge betting underdog, Michael Bisping defeated his opponent Luke Rockhold in Round 1 by Knockout to become the UFC Middleweight Champion.
Both Donnie Yen and Samuel L. Jackson have roles in the Star Wars expanded universe as Chirrut Îmwe in Rogue One (2016) and as Mace Windu in the Star Wars prequel trilogy, respectively. Both characters share a connection with the Force, an energy field that binds all living things and grant powers and abilities to those who are sensitive to it. Although Îmwe's lacks Force abilities that Windu processes, he's keenly attuned to it.