They see them rollin…and rollin…and rollin! Vin Diesel has confirmed that three more Fast & Furious movies will be racing into theaters. The actor penned a passionate post about the news on his official Facebook page on Friday, Sept. 25.
“The fans of the Fast & Furious SAGA are the best fans in the world. Since I became the Producer in 2008, you have been with me every step of the way… literally giving me feedback that proved invaluable. Thank you,” Diesel, 48, said. “My producing partner Neal would love for me to just sign off on a director, but this is too special a franchise, so these matters have to be very carefully handled. To be clear, NO ONE has been offered to helm Fast 8 yet… let alone seen a script.”
He continued: “Universal has been so good to me and so trusting of the vision… they have been like family… I promised the studio I would deliver one last Trilogy to end the saga.”
Diesel has played Dominic Toretto in the internationally successful franchise since 2001, when the first movie came out. Its most recent installment, 2015’s Furious 7, paid tribute to the late Paul Walker, who played Brian O’Conner in the films. Walker died in a car crash at age 40 in November 2013, when the film was still in production. His brother Cody Walker, an aspiring actor, stepped in to help shoot scenes after his passing.
Diesel has yet to confirm which cast members are returning to set for the eighth movie, but he’s excited for what’s next. In a second post, he included a red carpet throwback photo of himself and his late friend.
“I am really enjoying this process… but what gives me a unique sense of pride is that you all have been a part of it,” Diesel wrote on Sunday. “To hear them reference the comments you contribute to Our page is truly amazing. On behalf of the FAST Family, we thank you for making our DVD the biggest in history. We make these films with Our hearts.” (Furious 7 sold 2.5 million copies on Blu-ray or DVD.)
Other stars who’ve appeared in the franchise include Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. The franchise has made more than $3 billion worldwide.
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