THE LATEST (2/16): After learning that Helen Mirren was confirmed for The Fate of the Furious last summer, we finally have insight into who her character will be in the upcoming film.
Yahoo Movies revealed that she'll play the mother of Jason Statham and Luke Evans, who Fast and Furious fans know as the the Shaw brothers, during an interview with Evans.
Read on for everything you need to know about the movie including trailers, cast and more.
U.S. Release Date: April 14, 2017
Formats: 3D, IMAX 3D and 4DX
Last Film: Furious 7, which was released in 2015 and has grossed over $1.5 billion worldwid
The plot of Fast 8 has yet to be revealed, but what we know so far has more to do with who is involved (we’ll get to that in a second) and where they’ll be.
In October 2015, Vin Diesel revealed that New York City will be one of the settings for the new film. He then shared this in January:
The gang is also going to head to Cuba at some point:
And Iceland, with some “ice cars”:
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s DSS agent, Luke Hobbs, is also going to be up to some interesting stuff in Fast 8, according to Instagram post from Johnson in June 2016:
“If I was going to return for another FAST & FURIOUS I wanted to come in and disrupt the franchise in a cool way that got fans fired up and their blood pumping to see a new version of Hobbs and his ‘Daddy's gotta go to work’ mentality and set the table in a cool way for where the character goes in the future."
Oh, and rest assured, there will be lots of cars, and some of them will explode.
On Dec. 11, 2016, the franchise revealed this ominous poster that shows Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson turning their backs on each other with the caption: "Family no more."
That’s not really a “plot point,” but who cares? “Vehicular warfare”!
First, let’s start with the returning regulars:
Vin Diesel as Dominic Toretto/the unofficial spokesman of the Fast & Furious franchise
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as special agent Luke Hobbs
Tyrese Gibson as Roman Pearce
Michelle Rodriguez as Letty Ortiz
Ludacris as Tej Parker
Jason Statham as the sinister Deckard Shaw
Kurt Russell as Frank Petty
Nathalie Emmanuel as the “hacktivist” Ramsey
Elsa Pataky as Elena Neves
It’s worth noting that this will be the first film aside from 2006’s Fast & The Furious: Tokyo Drift not to star Paul Walker, who died in a car crash in November 2013. His role of Brian O’Conner in the franchise will not be replaced.
And here are the new additions:
Charlize Theron has signed on to portray Cipher, who appears to be the main villain of Fast 8. She was confirmed in April 2016.
Scott Eastwood has joined the cast as a special agent and protegé of Kurt Russell’s Frank Petty.
In June 2016, Oscar winner Helen Mirren revealed that she will be in Fast 8, with her role not yet clear. “I've always rather loved driving,” she told Elle when she confirmed the casting. “I said, 'I'll be in it, but only if I'm allowed to drive if I do drive in it.' But we'll see. We'll see how it transpires.” Vin Diesel shared the first look at Mirren's character back in August, but there's still no word of what her role entails.
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Fast 8 will be directed by F. Gary Gray, the 46-year-old who helmed the 2003 remake of The Italian Job and who recently scored a smash with last year’s Straight Outta Compton. This will be Gray’s first entry in the Fast & Furious franchise.
Chris Morgan is returning as screenwriter and executive producer. He’s been penning the Fast & Furious films since Tokyo Drift in 2006, and is co-producing next year’s remake of The Mummy.
Stephen F. Windon is back as director of photography; this is his fifth Fast & Furious film, and fourth in a row.
Dec. 9, 2016: The debut teaser was unveiled on social media.
Dec. 11, 2016: The first official trailer premiered on the movie's official Facebook page. The three-minute clip previews Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Jason Statham and Tyrese Gibson coming together to fight against Charlize Theron's villainous character. Vin Diesel also takes a shocking turn in the trailer, where he turns his back on family.
Feb. 5, 2017: The Fate of the Furious got in front of millions of eyeballs by releasing a new trailer during the 2017 Super Bowl:
Fast 9 and Fast 10 have both been confirmed, with release dates of April 19, 2019 and April 2, 2021, respectively.
"Diesel long said that Fast 8 was intended to form the first installment of a trilogy that will bring the series to a conclusion after 10 films," Deadline reported in February. "That plan, he says, is in part meant to honor the memory of Paul Walker."