'Fast 8' (alternatively known as Fast & Furious 8 or Furious 8) is an upcoming action film directed by F. Gary Gray and written by Chris Morgan. It is the eighth installment in 'The Fast and the Furious' franchise.
'Fast 8' marks the first film of the franchise other than 'The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift' (2006) not to star Paul Walker, who died in a single-vehicle crash on November 30, 2013, with filming of Furious 7 only half-completed. The film is scheduled to be released on April 14, 2017.
Following on from the release of Furious 7 (2015), Vin Diesel said regarding a possible sequel:
"I was trying to keep it close to the vest throughout the release. Paul Walker used to say that [an eighth film] was guaranteed. And in some ways, when your brother guarantees something, you sometimes feel like you have to make sure it comes to pass... so if fate has it, then you’ll get this when you hear about it. (Furious 7) was for Paul, (the eighth film) is from Paul."
Vin Diesel will reprise his role as Dominic Toretto, a former criminal and professional street racer who has retired and settled down with his wife, Letty.
Diesel further hinted at an eighth film on Jimmy Kimmel Live! when he stated that Kurt Russell's character had been introduced in a role that would span multiple films.
In February 2016, it was reported that Charlize Theron was also being eyed for another antagonist role.
Jason Statham confirmed his return as Deckard Shaw, a special forces assassin-gone-rogue who was imprisoned after his defeat at the hands of Dom in the previous film.
Dwayne Johnson confirmed his involvement in the film, additionally hinting at a possible spin-off film involving his character, Luke Hobbs, a DSS agent who allied with Dom and his team after their outings in Rio de Janeiro and Europe.
Michelle Rodriguez were the first to confirm their involvement in the film as Letty Ortiz, Dom's wife and a professional street racer.
In June 2015, it was reported that Eva Mendes would return to the franchise, reprising her role from 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003) as Monica Fuentes, a DSS agent and former U.S. Customs Service agent who worked with Roman and Brian O'Conner.
Lucas Black as Sean Boswell, a professional street racer based in Tokyo.
Tyrese Gibson as Roman Pearce, a member of Dom's team. In November 2015, Gibson expressed his desire for Matt Damon to join the cast.
Chris Bridges / Ludacris as Tej Parker, a mechanic from Miami and a member of Dom's team.