The “Fast & Furious” franchise has just welcomed a new family member.

After days of speculation, director F. Gary Fray confirmed via Facebook and Twitter that he is attached to helm the 8th instalment of the “Fast & Furious” series.

Gray became one of the most sought-after directors in Hollywood after the massive success of this year’s American biographical drama film, “Straight Outta Compton”.

Variety previously reported that Gray was among the 4 directors that have been eyed by the studio to helm the 8th film. The other 3 directors are “The Guest” director Adam Wingard, “Now You See Me” helmer Louis Leterrier, and Will Eubank

On 6th October (Tuesday), “Furious 7” star and producer Vin Diesel posted a photo of himself with Gray on his official Facebook page, hinting strongly that Gray is his choice to direct “Fast and Furious 8″.

Source: Vin Diesel's official Facebook page
Source: Vin Diesel’s official Facebook page

As expected, Gray has been chosen to take over from James Wan, who helmed “Furious 7″.

Rumour has it that Gray has also been eyed to direct Marvel‘s “Black Panther“, which will be released in February 2018. Now, it’s unclear whether he is still in the running for the Marvel movie due to his commitment to the 8th “Fast & Furious” film.

According to Diesel, “Furious 8” is set to take place in New York City and will begin filming in spring next year. Pre-production is expected to begin next month.

Furious 7” currently sits as the 7th highest-grossest film of all time (worldwide) and is still in theatres.

Source: Indie Revolver
Source: Indie Revolver

“Furious 8” is set to be released on 14th April 2017.

Though it won’t ever be the same again without Paul Walker, we can’t wait to see the next film!

Sources: The Verge, Variety.

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