It was a surprisingly big weekend for “Fast and the Furious” fans as two teasers for the franchise’s eighth installment were dropped at the 2015 Teen Choice Awards. Although precious little information is known about the 2017 film, its cast can’t seem to contain their excitement to get back to the story.
The first actor to tease the upcoming film was “Teen Choice Awards” co-host Ludacris, who fans will remember as Tej in four of the seven films. Speaking on the event’s red carpet, he was asked about hosting the show, his upcoming guest role in Fox’s “Empire” and what’s in store for “Fast and the Furious 8.”
“’Furious 8’ is happening, we start shooting next year and it comes out April of 2017,” Ludacris said (via Access Hollywood). “I’m excited to continue making [my daughter] proud and putting food on the table.”
While the release date for the film was previously revealed in a promotional poster released in May, the actor and musician’s comments told fans when filming will begin on the likely high-budget and even higher-concept action movie. And the teasers about the eighth movie didn't stop there. During Vin Diesel's acceptance speech for Choice Action/ Adventure Movie for "Furious 7," the actor took a moment to remember the tragic loss that plagued its production - the death of principal star Paul Walker.
“I can’t stand here and be rewarded like this without talking about somebody very, very, very important to us. One of the best blessings in our lives is the fact that we had the opportunity to call Pablo our brother ... Paul Walker is here in spirit with us."
The actor signed off from his speech with a possible title reveal for the new movie saying: “I love all of you. I love all of you, and until ‘Fast 8…’”
As fans of the franchise may know, despite uniting under one “Fast and the Furious” banner, the titles have changed drastically over the years: “2 Fast 2 Furious,” “Tokyo Drift,” “Fast and Furious,” “Fast 6” and “Furious 7”. If Diesel isn’t speaking out of turn, and despite what his co-star said, he may have revealed the title of the 2017 film.
So far there isn’t very much known about the movie other than it will take place in New York City. As previously reported, both Diesel and Ludacris shared a teaser photo announcing the sequel and confirming the new setting. Meanwhile, “Furious 7” stars Jason Statham told MTV News that he’d be willing to reprise his role as Deckard Shaw and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson confirmed that he’s signed on for the eighth movie already. No official plot details have emerged, but Diesel teased the character Mr. Nobody (Kurt Russell) was initially conceived for a larger role in a new three-moving spanning trilogy, according to Entertainment Weekly. Meaning if the 48-year-old actor gets his way, we’ll be seeing the gang return for at least a total of nine films.