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Everything You Need To Know About The Upcoming Fast 8

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Fast 8 is the eighth installment of the Fast and the Furious series. Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Dwayne Johnson, Ludacris and Tyrese Gibson will return to reprise their roles. It will be only the second film to not feature the late Paul Walker, with the first being The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. The crew will also be joined by a past enemy and a few new faces. But before the film speeds into theatres, here’s what you need to know about Fast 8.

Charlize Theron was clearly inspired by Hugh Keays-Byrne in Mad Max: Fury Road and has signed on to be the villain in Fast 8.

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Fresh off her role as the heroic Imperator Furiosa (very fitting name considering this news) in Mad Max: Fury Road, Theron is set to reprise her role as the villainous queen in the upcoming Snow White spin-off The Huntsman: Winter’s War. She’s set to continue her evil ways as she presumably takes on Toretto and the crew. The name of her character in Fast 8 has yet to be revealed, but we’re expecting she’ll be some twisted combination of Furiosa, Aileen Wuornos and Æon Flux.

Scott Eastwood has also joined the cast, and says he’s going to make his late friend Paul Walker proud.

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Son of legendary actor/director Clint Eastwood, Scott Eastwood’s career is really starting to pick up. Now, his role in the eighth-highest grossing movie franchise in history and perhaps the biggest action title today could really cement the 30-year-old as a future star. He’s also set to appear in the upcoming Oliver Stone picture Snowden, the Ben Affleck directed Live By Night and the highly anticipated Suicide Squad. He’s stated this role in Fast 8 will be particularly special because of his long friendship with Paul Walker. The two actually worked together in Eastwood’s first film, Flags of Our Fathers.

Jason Statham, who appeared as the villain in Furious 7, will return.

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The last time we saw Statham as Deckard Shaw, he was being locked in what appeared to be an invincible prison structure. Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) promised Shaw that if he ever were to escape, he would be greeted by Hobbs’ fist and a body bag. So we’re going to go out on a limb here and assume that if he does escape, we could be in for another classic fight scene featuring The Transporter versus The Rock.

Lucas Black, the star of The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, will also be back.

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You may remember Lucas Black as the star of 2003’s The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. The only Fast film to not feature either Brian O’Conner or Dominic Toretto (and arguably the worst of the series), the movie first seemed completely random in the series. However, with some relatively clever writing to incorporate Han into the main story, Black is set to take his drifting talents to whatever streets Fast 8 takes place on. We’ll have to see if D.K. still has it.

Eva Mendes is rumoured to return to the series.

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Mendes starred as U.S. Customs Service agent Monica Fuentes and love interest of Brian O’Conner in 2 Fast 2 Furious. She hasn’t appeared in the series since making a little cameo in the post-credit scene of Fast Five so it’ll be interesting to see if she’s back to team up with Agent Hobbs, with Elsa Pataky (as Elena) not returning for the eighth film.

F. Gary Gray is set to direct, making this his follow-up to the Oscar nominated and MTV Movie Award winning Straight Outta Compton. Gray is the fifth director to take on the Fast franchise.

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Gray has previously worked with multiple actors in Fast 8, so it could be natural for him to step into that director’s seat for this movie. He worked with Vin Diesel for A Man Apart, Jason Statham and Charlize Theron for The Italian Job and Dwayne Johnson for Be Cool. The chemistry between the stars and the director should be there. Gray is coming off his most successful film, Straight Outta Compton, and has experience working on action movies such as Law Abiding Citizen.

We’re now just under one year away from Fast 8. It’s set to release April 17, 2017 and should indeed be a wild ride.