Things have gone uncharacteristically quiet on the Fast & Furious news front, after months of the upcoming Fast & Furious 8/Fast 8 making weekly (sometimes even daily) headlines; be it because of Vin Diesel sharing cute pictures of himself on-set with his costars, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson posting videos of himself and the film’s stunt team raising hell on-set, or speculation about a feud allegedly between Diesel and Johnson that (depending on what you choose to believe) may or may not be an elaborate setup for them to face-off at Wrestlemania XXXIII in 2017. Nonetheless, with Johnson now off filming Jumanji and post-production on Fast 8 underway, there’s simply not much new information to share about the movie for the time being.
When production on Fast 8 wrapped back in mid-August of this year though, Universal Pictures and the Fast & Furious “family” (read: cast/crew) also promised that the news well would begin flowing again by the end of the year – namely, in December, when the first trailer for Fast 8 arrives. That is a ways off still, of course, but Diesel is keeping everyone entertained in the meantime by revealing the exact date for the film’s first trailer launch; along with an additional photo of himself in-character as Dominic Toretto in the movie.
Diesel posted the following Fast 8 image to his Facebook account, in the process revealing the official premiere date for the film’s trailer to be December 11th, 2016. In truth though, Diesel had already revealed the trailer date a few days earlier, with a message posted to his FB wall, claiming “The trailer for F8 is going to blow your mind… New York City December 11th. You will see why there was tension, you will understand the intensity.”
The “You will see why there was tension” part of Diesel’s FB post is clearly a reference to The Rock’s public complaint about having to work with “candy-asses” during the Fast 8 production. As for the reference to New York City: it’s been confirmed that NYC is one of several locations around the globe that will be featured in Fast 8, along with such places as Iceland and Cuba, possibly among others. With NYC thus playing an important role in the film’s proceedings, it’s plausible that Diesel is also referring to some kind of special trailer launch event for the film that is going to be taking place there in December, too.
On the topic of the December trailer release date: that means for certain the Fast 8 trailer will be attached to at least certain prints of that week’s big theatrical release, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and/or one or more of the big-budget films arriving the week after (specifically, Assassin’s Creed and Passengers). With an all-star cast that includes such A-listers as Charlize Theron in addition to the longtime main Fast & Furious cast – plus returning Furious 7 additions Kurt Russell, Jason Statham and Nathalie Emmanuel – and F. Gary Gray (The Italian Job (2003), Straight Outta Compton) calling the shots as director, it shouldn’t be all that difficult for Fast 8 to put its best foot forward when its marketing fully picks back up and its first trailer hits the scene.
Fast 8 opens in U.S. theaters on April 17th, 2017, followed by Fast and Furious 9 on April 19th, 2019, and Fast and Furious 10 on April 2nd, 2021.