We finally got some solid information about Fast and Furious 8 over these past few weeks after a whole lot of speculation and uncertainty surrounding the progress of the movie.
The latest and most important update has to do with the director ofFast and Furious 8. F. Gary Gray (Straight Outta Compton) is going to be helming the eighth instalment of the series.
The Hollywood Reporter recently reported that Gray was in talks to helm the Furious 7 sequel. Universal has picked a director from its family, as Gray recently helmed Straight Outta Compton for the studio. According to the report, exclusive talks between the studio and the director have already begun and Gray has trumped directors like Louis Letterier, Adam Wingard, and William Eubank who were also in the running.
Gray also took to Twitter to confirm his involvement, as did Vin Diesel, by posting a picture with Gray on Facebook.
In a recent appearance on the Late Night Show with Jimmy Fallon, made the announcement of Gray directing, while confirming that the movie would be set in New York City.
Additionally he also added fuel to the rumors that Helen Mirren might actually star in Fast and Furious 8. In a recent interview with MTV News, Diesel talked about prospective additions to the cast for the sequel ofFurious 7, he jokingly warned Mirren, that she should have been careful what she wished for. Recently, Elijah Wood, who had recently stated that he wanted to play Dominic Toretto's son in Fast and Furious 8. When Diesel was asked if Wood would get the opportunity, he suggested that the young actor would have to get in line.
"I think everyone should do the franchise. They've gotta get in line behind Helen Mirren. She is on the list. Be careful what you wish for, Helen," he said.
Dame Mirren had casually suggested that she would love to act in Furious 7 in an interview earlier this year.
This is not the first time Diesel has expressed his excitement at getting Mirren on board. The actor had previously suggested that the door was wide open for her. Diesel told Access Hollywood that he wouldn't need to think twice about that. "Of course I would! Who wouldn't? It's Helen," he said.
Diesel also confirmed that Fast and Furious 8 will be the beginning of one last trilogy for the franchise via aFacebook post.
Michelle Rodriguez has also been dishing about the progress of the project some. In an interview withE!Online she revealed that the filming would begin in New York in the summer of 2016.
Fast and Furious 8 will be released on April 15, 2017.
Furious 7 hit theaters on April 3, 2015.