Fast and Furious 8 release date, plot news: Production gets rolling in New York summer 2016; Jason Statham may play main villain

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The eighth installment in the global phenomenon, “Fast and Furious” will likely to see all of the main members of the beloved family coming back to the big screen as their way to show how they cope with losing one of their own.

Michelle Rodriguez told E! Online during Harper’s Bazaar Icon Party that, “We need a good reason to move on after Paul [Walker]. And being that this is a global franchise now, it’s not just the American baby, it’s important that we consider moving on and take it seriously.”

The 37-year old actress also shared that they will start filming during summer of next year and they may have the production set in New York. However, amidst rumors that Justin Lin may take the helm once again, it’s still uncertain who will direct the upcoming movie, “But for us as a cast, I think we need a reason and it needs to have heart, so hopefully we’ll find it, you know? And somebody who’s passionate about directing itI think that’s the most important thing is finding a good director.”

Speculations suggest that when it comes to the plot, Jason Statham’s character Deckard Shaw may return to once again wreak havoc with the troop headed Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto. While Hellen Mirren, who reportedly voiced out her interest in joining the cast, could either play as the matriarch of Shaw clan’s or mother of “Game of Thrones” star Nathalie Emmanuel.

It is also deemed that Cody Walker, Paul’s real life sibling, will be introduced in the film as Brian O’ Connor’s brother. While presumably replacing the role of Brian as Dominic’s right hand man is Lucas Black’s character Sean Boswell.

On another note, Diesel previously talked about the title of the film called “Furious 8″or “F8” which can also be read as “fate.”

“Paul used to say that 8 was guaranteed and, in some ways, when your brother guarantees something, you have to make sure it comes to pass. So, if fate has it fate, F8 then you’ll get it. Furious 7 was for Paul; 8 is from Paul,” he said.

Furious 8 is still under pre-production and slated for release on April, 2017.