Fast 8 will be the first movie in the billion-dollar franchise that will not feature Paul Walker, who died in a violent car crash on Nov. 30, 2012. Vin Diesel appears to be pulling out all stops in order to make the late actor proud of the latest installment.
The movie, which has been officially named Fast 8, wasn’t supposed to happen, but the success of the seventh installment in the box-office after earning over $1.5 billion worldwide prompted the studio to make three more.
In an Instagram post, Vin Diesel paid tribute to Paul Walker as he dedicated Fast 8 to his friend.
“Many of the crew members who have worked on several of the past Fast films are here again to help us make something special,” he wrote. “One of them at the end of the week came up to me and said wow what we are capturing on film is excellent … And then looked at me and said Paul would be proud.”
While the plot is still unknown, the 48-year-old actor said that they are going back to the roots of the franchise, which is racing cars.
Most of the crew will be back such as Dwayne Johnson, Ludacris, Jason Statham, Michele Rodriguez, and Tyrese Gibson. But there are additions as well such as Charlize Theron and Scott Eastwood. Meanwhile, Lucas Black and Kurt Russell, who made their first appearances in Fast & Furious 7, will also return.
Explaining Kurt Russell’s small role in the seventh movie, Vin Diesel hinted that he’s going to have a bigger impact in Fast 8.
“You know I always think of these films multiple pictures in advance. I think of them as trilogies. Kurt Russell came in for this movie, but he was really, we really hired him because of a story that follows this. That takes place in New York,” he said per We Got This Covered.
Scott Eastwood, meanwhile, has already started filming as he shared a photo with Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, and director F. Gary Gray on his Instagram. However, he declined to tease some details of Fast 8 which is set to premiere on April 14, 2017.