'Fast and Furious 8': Everything to Know About the Franchise's Next Installment
Who's coming back, what new castmembers will join the series and when will the ninth and tenth 'Fast' films debut? The latest details on the car-racing franchise.
Fast and Furious is revving up for its next installment: Fast 8.
Four years following the death of franchise star Paul Walker, Universal is set to release the studio's eighth film in 2017. Helmed by Straight Outta Compton director F. Gary Gray, the action thriller will see its action hero Vin Diesel return with newcomers Charlize Theron and Scott Eastwood.
In an attempt to keep up with all the latest breaking news on the highly anticipated project, The Hollywood Reporter has compiled everything known about the project so far into a helpful cheat sheet. Bookmark this page as THR will update this post as more news becomes available.
Vin Diesel (Dominic Toretto)
Dwayne Johnson (Hobbs)
Jason Statham (Deckard Shaw)
Michelle Rodriguez (Letty 'Ortiz' Toretto)
Tyrese Gibson (Roman Pearce)
Ludacris (Tej Parker)
Kurt Russell (Mr. Nobody)
On May 28, Dwayne Johnson unveiled a first-look photo of himself in the film via his Instagram, showing a darker look for his character Hobbs and a hint at his story. "When you strip a man of all he has. All that’s important to him," he wrote. "You force him to return to his roots and sometimes that’s a very dangerous and twisted place."
While details of the plot have not yet been revealed, another round of car-racing action can be expected, and the original cast will be pitted against Theron's villainous character.
In Fast and Furious fashion, the upcoming film will continue its globetrotting by trekking to Cuba. In January, THR exclusively reported that the eighth installment is eyeing the northern Caribbean island for filming. "Universal Pictures is currently in the process of seeking approval from the United States and Cuban governments to explore shooting a portion of the next installment of the Fast & Furious series in Cuba," the studio said in a statement. If approved, it would be the first Hollywood studio film to shoot on the island since the embargo was set in the 1960s. Sources say that Furious 8 will be based in Atlanta, Ga., but a number of exotic locations — including Russia and Iceland — are being eyed for filming.
Car fanatics can expect to see classic American cars in the eighth installment. While shooting in Havana, some of the country's 1950s-vintage Chevrolets, Cadillacs and other classic Detroit iron into the action sequences.
The eighth film in the Fast and Furious franchise is set to hit theaters on April 14, 2017, followed in two-year release date increments for the ninth and tenth installments, slated to bow April 19, 2019, and April 2, 2021, respectively.
Give audiences what they want. Furious 7 proved to be a global success when the film became the first Universal project to make it to the $1 billion mark in its original run, and later set a new benchmark by grossing $1.5 billion worldwide.
— Compiled by Natalie Stone and Arlene Washington
May 28: Updated to include Dwayne Johnson's Instagram post.