'The Fast And The Furious 8' Cast & Release Date: Film Still Features Paul Walker; Plot Will Have A 'Darker Direction'

By Jonnalyn Cortez January 6, 2016 9:26 PM EST
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IN PHOTO: Director Justin Lee (L) poses with cast members (L-R) Tyrese Gibson, Vin Diesel, Elsa Pataky, Paul Walker, Gal Gadot and Dwayne Johnson during a photocall at the premiere of the film "The Fast and the Furious 5" in Marseille, April 28, 2011. (Photo: REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier)

The sudden demise of one of its protagonist, Paul Walker, have fans of the street racing film "The Fast and the Furious" dismayed. However, the producers of the movie will evidently do everything to give what their supporters want as they are about to film "The Fast and the Furious 8" featuring the late actor.

Brian O'Connor might be once again seen on the upcoming eighth installment with the help of computer-generated imaging, just like what they did in "The Fast and the Furious 7."  NBC Universal vice chairman Ron Meyer said that the next sequel will not include the departed actor, but later disclosed that "[he may] be represented in some form or another," according to Ecumenical News.

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However, film producers did not yet reveal the entire plot of "Fast and the Furious 8," but it has confirmed that F. Gary Gray will direct the action movie. Vin Diesel, who plays as Dominic Toretto, explained that since the 48-year-old director will handle the film, the next one will have a "darker direction."

"We have a director who is going to bring the darkness out and bring out the character," the 48-year-old actor told the Variety. He also unveiled that the next movie series would be like his previous film, the 2003 thriller "A Man Apart," with Gray.

Furthermore, Diesel divulged that people behind "The Fast and the Furious 8" are already working for the initial stages and developing prequels and spinoffs. "We've written out story lines for various characters."

"We've been playing with it for a long time. It's a very rich property and we're committed to treating it with a lot of class," he said. However, Universal Pictures Chairman Donna Langley asserted that they are also under negotiation of how to make the film series bigger.

"We're certainly in conversations about how we can expand the franchise now," she said. "It's an ensemble cast and there's room to bring characters in and out."

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