Vin Diesel, star and co-producer of the “Fast & Furious” action-movie franchise, announced release dates Wednesday for the final two movies in the trilogy he had promised in September.
After giving an April 14, 2017, release date for “Fast & Furious 8” in October, Diesel, 48, posted on Instagram that the ninth film is scheduled for April 19, 2019 and the last for April 2, 2021.
Director F. Gary Gray (“Straight Outta Compton”) said on his own Facebook page on Oct. 8 that he was helming the eighth film, writing, “I could not have asked for better partners than Vin Diesel, Neal H. Moritz, & the Universal Studios Entertainment family. Together we are excited to bring you the next chapter in the Fast & Furious saga. #FastFamily.”
Last year’s “Furious 7” was a massive global hit, earning $1.5 billion at the box office.
In September, Diesel had thanked the franchise’s fans on his official site, saying that the series’ distributor, Universal Pictures, “has been so good to me and so trusting of the vision . . . they have been like family . . . I promised the studio I would deliver one last Trilogy to end the saga.”