UFC's Ngannou joins cast of 'Fast & Furious 9'

The wildly popular "Fast & Furious" franchise is adding some UFC firepower.

Francis Ngannou, the heavyweight knockout artist, has been added to the cast of the upcoming "Fast & Furious 9," ESPN confirmed with his representatives at CAA on Wednesday.

Deadline.com was the first to report the news. The role has not yet been announced.

Ngannou, 32, cuts an ominous figure at 6-foot-4 and 256 pounds. The Cameroon native, who fights out of France and Las Vegas, has won three straight UFC fights, all by knockout or TKO. Ngannou (14-3) is likely in line for the next UFC heavyweight title shot, following Daniel Cormier's defense against Stipe Miocic at UFC 241 on Saturday in Anaheim, California.

"Fast & Furious" is no stranger to MMA fighters. Former UFC champion Ronda Rousey and MMA-star-turned-actress Gina Carano have both had roles in the franchise.