Everything you need to know about ‘The Fate of the Furious’

Even fire can't stop Vin Diesel in new 'The Fate of the Furious' clip

It should probably come as no surprise that the sequel to Furious 7 seemed to go into production almost immediately after the movie hit theaters. The fast-paced 2015 action film set box-office records around the world on its way to becoming the sixth-highest-grossing film of all time worldwide — and the highest-grossing installment of the Fast and Furious franchise by a massive margin.

Scheduled to hit theaters on April 14, The Fate of the Furious is helmed by Straight Outta Compton director F. Gary Gray. The film’s cast includes Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Kurt Russell, and the majority of the other core players from earlier installments, as well as big-name newcomers Charlize Theron, Helen Mirren, and Scott Eastwood. Set to pit franchise protagonist Dominic Toretto (Diesel) against the friends and family he’s protected throughout the franchise, The Fate of the Furious introduces a new threat to everything the crew holds dear.

Here’s everything we know about The Fate of the Furious so far.

Have flames, will travel

Fans of the Fast and Furious franchise know that it takes a lot to slow the series’ characters down, and a clip released by the studio in mid-March proves that even a raging fire can’t stop Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto in The Fate of the Furious.

Posted by IGN, the clip features Diesel’s character engaging in a street race through the narrow avenues of Havana, Cuba, only to end up piloting a flaming rocket on wheels after a run-in with one of his competitor’s allies.

A demolition derby, multiplied

After the first trailer for The Fate of the Furious made the film look like a demolition derby, the second official preview for the film was released on March 9 and packed in even more automobile chaos.

From a wrecking ball that sweeps through a crowd of cars to an army of remote-controlled kamikaze commuter vehicles pursuing the cast, the second trailer just about has it all when it comes to high-speed, metal-twisting carnage. And that, along with a healthy number of familiar faces from films past, is probably just what fans are hoping to see from the upcoming film.

That supercharged trailer

Fans of the Fast and Furious franchise scored a special treat during Super Bowl LI, courtesy of a new trailer that debuted during the big game.

The television spot featured some previously unseen footage from the film, and made it clear that despite being the eighth film in the franchise, The Fate of the Furious isn’t showing any signs of taking its foot off the accelerator.

Who’s driving?

Early in the film’s development, Diesel hinted that The Fast and the Furious director Rob Cohen, who helped launch the franchise, might return to the director’s chair for the eighth installment. However, he officially announced F. Gary Gray as the film’s director on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon October 14, 2015.

Gray replaces James Wan (Furious 7) and becomes the latest name added to the impressive list of Fast and Furious filmmakers over the years — a list that also includes Justin Lin (The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo DriftFast & FuriousFast FiveFast & Furious 6) and Academy Award nominee John Singleton (2 Fast 2 Furious).

Diesel returns as the film’s star and co-producer along with Neil H. Moritz, who has produced all seven of the previous installments of the franchise. Chris Morgan also returns as the film’s screenwriter after penning the scripts for series’ last five films.

Familiar faces

As with many of the recent installments of the Fast and Furious franchise, the list of returning cast members in The Fate of the Furious is long, including almost every protagonist introduced over the course of the seven-film series so far — as well as one major villain, too.

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Returning once again to the role of Dominic Toretto is Vin Diesel, who has appeared in some form (whether as a primary character or simply in a cameo) in six of the seven films in the series. Others returning include principal characters Letty Ortiz (Michelle Rodriguez), Roman Pearce (Tyrese Gibson), Tej Parker (Chris “Ludacris” Bridges), and Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson). Supporting characters Tego Leo (Tego Calderon), Rico Santos (Don Omar), Elena Neves (Elsa Pataky), Ramsey (Nathalie Emmanuel), and the mysterious CIA operative Mr. Nobody (Kurt Russell) are also scheduled to return for The Fate of the Furious.

The upcoming film will feature the return of a memorable villain, too. Deadly assassin Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) will return for another showdown with the team, although this time around he might be forced to work on the same side as Hobbs and his crew.

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