Fast & Furious (alternatively known as The Fast and the Furious 4, or Fast & Furious 4) is a 2009 American action film directed by Justin Lin and written by Chris Morgan. It is the fourth installment of The Fast and the Furious franchise. The film stars Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez, and Jordana Brewster. The film serves as a connection from the first film into a present-day setting, with main members of the original cast reprising their roles. The film is set between the second installment and third installment. Originally released on April 3, 2009, the film received negative reviews upon release, but was a box office success grossing $363 million worldwide. It was followed by Fast Five in 2011.