After slipping info that an eighth installment of the Fast and the Furious franchise was coming during a recent episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live, and that the new movie would be set in New York City, actor Vin Diesel, who plays the role of Dodge Charger-loving Dominic Toretto, has now confirmed a release date: April 14, 2017.
Diesel made the confirmation at an appearance at this week’s CinemaCon, where he referred to the movie simply as “Furious 8” though it’s not yet certain if this in fact will be its final title. It’s also not certain who will serve as director, as both Justin Lin, who directed most of the Fast movies, and Furious 7 director James Wan are expected to be tied up with other projects.
One thing we do know is that Kurt Russell’s secret agent character from Furious 7 will be central to the new movie. Meanwhile, previous actors from the franchise, Eva Mendes and Lucas Black, are rumored to appear in it as well.
News of an eighth installment of the hugely-successful franchise shouldn't come as much of a surprise. Previously, a senior studio exec said up to three more movies beyond Furious 7 were possible. And it’s not like the franchise is running out of steam: Furious 7 just broke the record for the fastest film in history to take more than $1 billion in worldwide ticket sales, achieving the feat in just 17 days.