Fast & Furious 8 release date set for April 2017

Fast & Furious 8 release date set for April 2017

Vin Diesel with Fast & Furious 7 director James Wan

Vin Diesel confirms that eighth installment of the movie franchise is a go-er

So, you’d just about gotten over the excitement of Fast & Furious 7’s release, when Vin Diesel goes and announces there’s to be a Fast & Furious 8.

Speaking at a ComicCon event in Las Vegas, the actor confirmed that the film will be released on Fri 14 Apr, 2017. He added: ‘We're going to make the best movie you've ever seen’, which is a bold claim, considering the seventh installment came out to mixed reviews.

That being said, Furious 7 did rack up big box office gains, making a staggering $1 billion dollars in just 12 days, after opening at the start of April. That's faster than Harry Potter, guys. Harry. Potter.

During the announcement, Diesel spoke about his friend and Furious co-star Paul Walker, who died in November 2013 before filming for Furious 7 was completed. The actor said: ‘The last time I was on this stage I was with my brother Pablo … It’s hard for me to even watch that clip and then come out here without being emotional.’

Fast & Furious 8 is out on Fri 14 Apr. Catch Furious 7 in cinemas now

Fast & Furious 7

  • 3 stars
  • 2015
  • US
  • 2h 20min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: James Wan
  • Written by: Chris Morgan
  • Cast: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, Lucas Black, Jason Statham
  • UK release: 3 April 2015

Deckard (Statham) is a Special Forces assassin determined to get revenge on the team after his brother has been left in a coma. With the shark rapidly receding in the wake of the franchise's waterskis, the latest instalment is insane but has a puppyish desperation to please, and doesn't take itself too seriously.

Fast & Furious 8

  • 3 stars
  • 2017
  • US
  • 2h 16min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: F. Gary Gray
  • Cast: Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, Nathalie Emmanuel, Elsa Pataky, Kurt Russell, Charlize Theron, Scott Eastwood, Helen Mirren
  • UK release: 14 April 2017

Cyber-terrorist Cypher (Theron) pits rogue racer Dom (Diesel) against his fellow petrolheads, including wife Letty (Rodriguez). Baffling and inconsequential story aside, it’s all shamelessly about car-based action, and although human doorstop Diesel isn’t up to the story’s limited emotional demands, Johnson and Statham…