Buckle up, “Fast and Furious” fans! Vin Diesel is taking us for a ride to New York City 😉

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Back in April 2015, Diesel, who played Dominic Toretto in the movie, appeared on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” to talk about the James Wan-directed “Furious 7“.

Source: Variety.
Source: Variety.

At the time, the actor hinted that the 8th instalment of the “Fast and Furious” franchise will be set in New York City. He told Kimmel that Kurt Russell, who joined “Furious 7” as a mysterious government agent, will apparently play a more significant role in the sequel.

He explained:

KURT RUSSELL CAME IN FOR THIS MOVIE. BUT WE REALLY HIRED HIM BECAUSE OF A STORY THAT FOLLOWS THIS THAT TAKES PLACE IN NEW YORK.

However, Russell was unsure about appearing in the sequel as he said, “If they do more, and if it goes on, we’ll try to come up with something to top this, but I’ll tell you, it’s going to be hard to do.” 

Source: Collider
Source: Collider

After months of anticipation, Diesel finally confirmed that that the film will indeed partly be set in New York City.

He took to his Instagram to share the first official poster for the 8th film, revealing the sprawling New York City skyline. Though the previous films have taken Dom and his street-racing crew to some of the world’s most exotic and exciting locations, this is the first time that a “Fast and Furious” movie will be filmed in the Big Apple.

Other places that have turned up in the film series over the course of 14 years and 7 movies include Los Angeles, Miami, Tokyo, Rio de Janeiro, and Abu Dhabi.

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Check out the official poster below:

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As seen on the poster, the official title of the movie has also been revealed.

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Titled “Fast 8”, the new “Fast & Furious” movie will be helmed by “Straight Outta Compton” director F. Gary Gray. Diesel is expected to return to the film alongside franchise regulars Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, and Chris “Ludacris” Bridges. Russell, Jason Statham, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Elsa Pataky, and Lucas Black are also expected to return to reprise their respective roles.

Besides New York City, sources told THR that production will also be based in Atlanta, Georgia. Several other exotic locations are being eyed as well, including Russia and Iceland. Universal was also reportedly looking to make “Fast 8” the first major studio film to shoot in Cuba.

Source: Universal Pictures.
Source: Universal Pictures.

The previous film, which included the final appearance by Paul Walker, was a box office behemoth as it earned USD1.5billion at the global box office. It is also the 6th highest-grossing movie ever.

“Fast 8” is slated for release on 17th April 2017.

Sources: Variety, /FILM, The Verge, THR.

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