Fast and Furious 8 release date, cast: Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson will reprise role; teased possible spin-off movie

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Fast and Furious 7 may not have been the last ride for Dominic Toretto and his crew after it was confirmed that the gang will be making a big screen comeback to continue the franchise in April 2017.

According to the VC Post for his San Andreas press tour, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson confirmed that he will be reprising his role as Agent Hobbs in the next installment. This came after Vin Diesel confirmed at this year’s CinemaCon that Fast and Furious 8 was happening.

“Of course, can’t go on without Hobbs,” Johnson said.

In another interview, he teased that he is also in talks with the studio to develop a possible spin off centered on his character.

“I just had a big conversation with the studio so we’ll see. I still think for me personally, we create a little bit of space from seven and gauge what the audience will want and go from there. That’s my take on it. Now a lot of other people have their own [say].”

Prior to the screening Fast and Furious 7, director James Wan revealed that there was a different ending originally planned for the movie which will open the door to further expand the franchise. When Paul Walker died in a car accident before the movie was completed, the team had to modify the ending and make major modifications to end the franchise.

According to CinemaBlend, the new movie or trilogy will take place in New York after the first seven movies in the franchise shot all over the world.

CIA agent Mr. Nobody, played by Kurt Russell will also play a key role in the new movies.

Given the timeline of the movies, actor Sean Bosworth, who played the character Lucas Black in Tokyo Drift is seen to return to the franchise as he reportedly signed a contract to appear in Fast and Furious 7, 8 and 9.

Jason Statham may also reprise his role as Deckard Shaw to serve as the main villain of the story as implied by the final scene in Fast and Furious 7.

VC also reported that Paul Walker’s real life brothers Caleb and Cody may also be tapped as replacements for their brother, who helped the franchise became a blockbuster.