KARACHI: Actor Jason Statham, who first joined the Fast and Furious 6 franchise in 2013, will return for its upcoming eighth instalment. He will reprise his role as the villainous Deckard Shaw. “We’re already talking about doing another one, part eight,” accesshollywood.com quoted him, reported IANS.
“I’m a newcomer. I just got invited to the party in this last one, so it’s nice to know I’m going to be doing another,” he added.
Statham only made a cameo in the sixth movie but he later had a bigger role in Furious 7. It’s still unclear what to expect from his character in the Fast and Furious 8 as he said: “There is some great stuff that I already know about.”
The eighth instalment will release in North America on April 14, 2017. It will be the first film in the franchise without Paul Walker. Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson will reprise their respective roles as Dominic Toretto and Luke Hobbs. Kurt Russell is also expected to return for the new entry.
Earlier this year, Furious 7 shifted into fifth gear at the Pakistani box office as it recorded the highest first-week opening for any movie in Pakistan.
The seventh installment in the immensely popular Fast & Furious franchise has gone on to earn around Rs123 million in its opening week; thus matching Dhoom 3’s record for the highest opening week collections. FootPrint (Pvt) Ltd, the distributors of the film in Pakistan, didn’t expect such an ‘overwhelming’ response in the country.
Published in The Express Tribune, June 27th, 2015.