Fast & Furious: Vin Diesel confirms releases dates for final trilogy

The Fast & Furious saga will end on its tenth movie in 2021.

Vin Diesel in Fast & FuriousImage Picture Universal

Vin Diesel has confirmed release dates for the final Fast & Furious trilogy.

The actor and producer unveiled his plan on Instagram.

Under the caption “2 decades, 10 films, 1 saga”, Diesel announced Fast & Furious 8 for April 14, 2017. Film number nine will follow on April 19, 2019 before the series ends with Fast & Furious 10 on April 2, 2021.

Fast & Furious 8, reportedly titled Fast 8, will bring back key franchise players Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson and Ludacris to face off against Jason Statham’s villain Deckard Shaw, who returns from the seventh film in the saga.

 

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Fans of the high-octane action epics need not fear about 2021 being the last we see of Dom Toretto and co, however.

Late last year Diesel announced plans to continue the film franchise outside of the regular saga.

“We’ve written out storylines for various characters,” he said. “We’ve been playing with it for a long time. It’s a very rich property and we’re committed to treating it with a lot of class.”

Diesel also praised Fast 8’s director F Gary Gray, who directed last year’s hit Straight Outta Compton and worked with Diesel on 2003’s A Man Apart.

“We have a director who is going to bring the darkness out and bring out the character,” Diesel enthused.

Paul Walker and Vin Diesel in Fast & Furious 6
Fast cash Universal has earned billions since launching the Fast & Furious series in 2001. Image Picture Universal

Diesel’s desire to expand the Fast & Furious series is hardly surprising, considering the series banked billions for Universal to become their most successful franchise of all time.

Last year’s Fast & Furious 7 was the franchise’s most successful to date, earning £1 billion at the worldwide box office.

The film was thrown into crisis when star Paul Walker died in a car crash during production. The movie had to be completed using a combination of Walker’s brothers Cody and Caleb standing in for the actor and cutting-edge digital effects.

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