We've been hearing for quite a while that the Fast & Furious franchise would be a 10 movie saga. Universal has now confirmed that, handing out release dates for the next two movies in the series, following the already announced Fast & Furious 8. It was star Vin Diesel who announced the news on his official Instagram account.
Last night, Vin Diesel confirmed that Fast & Furious 8 is arriving on April 14, 2017. It will go into production later this year, after shooting on XXX: The Return of Xander Cage is completed. Fast & Furious 8 currently has this spring date all to itself.
Vin Diesel will then return to reprise his role as Dominic Toretto in Fast & Furious 9, which will hit theaters April 19, 2019. At this time, it has no competition at the box office. But Fast Franchise star Dwayne Johnson will be seen in DC's Shazam! the previous week. The entire Fast & Furious saga will then come to its thrilling conclusion with Fast & Furious 10 when it hits theaters in the next decade, arriving on April 2, 2021. It is now the first and only movie to have an official release date in that year.
Fast & Furious 8 is setting up a new trilogy story that will be continued in Fast & Furious 9 and concluded in Fast & Furious 10. It has been confirmed that he'll be joined by Dwayne Johnson in Fast & Furious 8, but no other cast members have been officially announced. It has been rumored that Kurt Russell will return.
This new trilogy will also honor the legacy of Paul Walker and his character Brian O'Conner. The previous installment of the franchise, Furious 7, was a box office blockbuster for Universal, and one of their biggest films of 2015. It earned $1.516 billion worldwide. F. Gary Gray, who directed the hit biopic Straight Outta Compton for Universal, will helm the next chapter in this series. Neil Moritz will produce alongside Vin Diesel.