The star of the Fast and Furious franchise believes the eighth installment will be Oscar-worthy.

In an interview with Variety last year, Vin Diesel said Fast 7 “will probably win best picture at the Oscars, unless the Oscars don’t want to be relevant ever." His prediction turned out to be erroneous because “Spotlight” grabbed the Academy Award for the Best Picture. As a matter of fact, Fast 7 wasn’t even on the nominees list.

Fast forward to present day, Vin Diesel is back with another similar and rather bold statement, mentioning he believes Fast 8 has what it takes to win an Oscar. In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, the star of the franchise said the following:

“I think he [director F. Gary Gray] went into making this movie with a little bit of a chip on his shoulder, going 'Oh, really? OK. Now I'm going to take the biggest saga in the world, and I'm about to throw Oscars at you.' Wait until you see what he does!”

There are slim chances an actor will receive an Academy Award for playing in Fast 8, but the new movie probably has potential to grab one of the other Oscars, such as for visual effects.

Hitting theaters on April 14th next year, Fast 8 won’t actually be the “one last ride” of the franchise taking into account the series will come to an end after the release of two additional movies. Paul Walker's role as Brian O'Conner could be revived with help from his brothers Caleb and Cody, as well as with the aid of CGI as it was the case for some of the scenes in Fast 7.

FF10 might not be the end because spinoff movies are being considered to capitalize on the popularity of the franchise. One idea that has been floating around is a series of movies with Luke Hobbs (played by Dwayne Johnson a.k.a “The Rock”) as the main character.

Meanwhile, the first trailer for Fast 8 will be out on December 11.

Source: Entertainment Tonight via Movie Fone

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