Vin Diesel has confirmed that there’s still more left in the engine for the Fast and Furious franchise, with a whole new trilogy coming our way. On Instagram the actor announced the release dates for the three new movies, beginning with Furious 8 in April 2017.

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On Instagram Diesel told fans: ‘The studio has asked me to release some very big Fast news... Give me a minute though, for I am still in that Xander state of Mind,’ making reference to his character from the xXx franchise.

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‘As most of you know I like to stay in character for the most part when given the opportunity to make magic. However, it was Toretto Tuesday and the studio gave me big news to share... So I will share it…’

He then posted a simple black and white image which revealed that Fast and Furious 8 would be coming on April14th 2017, with Fast 9 following on April 19th 2019, and Fast 10 finishing off the franchise on April 2nd 2021.

In October Straight Outta Compton director F. Gary Gray confirmed he would be directing Fast 8 in a post on his Facebook page. "I could not have asked for better partners than Vin Diesel, Neal H. Moritz, & the Universal Studios Entertainment family," Gray wrote. "Together we are excited to bring you the next chapter in the Fast & Furious saga. #FastFamily”

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The franchise’s future had at one point seemed uncertain, following the tragic death of star Paul Walker in 2013. But at last year’s MTV Movie Awards Diesel confirmed there would be another movie, and this one would be ‘from Walker’.

“The fact that the world embraced it and allowed it to be Paul’s legacy, it’s just a beautiful thing,” Diesel said. "Paul used to say that 8 was guaranteed and, in some ways, when your brother guarantees something, you have to make sure it comes to pass. So, if fate has it—fate, F8—then you'll get it. Furious 7 was for Paul; 8 is from Paul."