"Fast & Furious 8," one of the most-awaited sequels in Hollywood, seems to be finally shaping up. And now, it has been confirmed that this film will be the beginning of a new trilogy. The film is back in the news, after Universal recently confirmed the dates of the ninth and 10th instalments of the franchise.
All these months fans were wondering whether or not "Fast & Furious 8" will get rolling, and now it looks like not just the eighth but even the ninth and 10th are well on their way in the coming years. Recently, Vin Diesel took to Instagram to post the release dates for the last three films in the "Fast Furious" franchise.
Going by the post, one can see that "Fast & Furious 8" will hit theatres on 14 April, 2017, as announced earlier. The actor has also teased that the ninth instalment will come out on 19 April, 2019, and the final one will be out on 2 April, 2021.
Just when fans had started to give up on the return of "Fast & Furious" after the death of Paul Walker, towards the end of "Fast & Furious 7," assuming there will be no "Fast" film without Brian O'Connor, Diesel showed a ray of hope after announcing the eighth film.
Since this announcement, there has been various rumours contemplating whether Brian O'Connor will come back or not. And because Paul Walker's brother Cody filled in for him during the last couple of scenes, to finish "Fast & Furious 7," many fans and media outlet assumed that Cody will reprise the role of Brian.
These rumours also were given a new twist with a series of reports suggesting that Cody will actually be joining the cast, not to reprise the role of Brian, but to play a whole new character all together. And all these speculations were further fuelled when Cody's name appeared on the cast listing on the film's IMDB page.
But now, his name is no longer there on the IMDB page and even Polygon has reported that Universal has no plans of casting Paul Walker's brother in "Fast & Furious 8." According to the website, the studio has squashed all rumours involving Cody and has apparently confirmed that they are not bringing the Walker brother on board. "There's no truth behind it," a rep from Universal Pictures told the website.
"Fast & Furious 8" is scheduled to hit theatres on 14 April, 2017.