“Straight Outta Compton” director F. Gary Gray came out of the blue to become the designated man behind the lens for the upcoming installment of the Fast and the Furious franchise.
The 46-year-old New Yorker, who had a break-out project earlier this year, as he depicted going to the top and down to the bottom account of hip-hop group N.W.A. was greenlit to direct “Fast 8,” as cited by the Hollywood Reporter. Gray will be joining Michelle Rodriguez, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham and Vin Diesel, who have already confirmed to reprise their roles as they rev up for a theater premiere in April 2017.
Gray, whose directorial rap sheet includes Friday (1995), Send It Off (1996), The Italian Job (2003), and A Man Apart (2003), also made a stint on the small screen with the television series “Ryan Caulfield: Year One.” He bested out fellow filmmakers, Louis Leterrier (Now You See Me), Ericson Core (Point Break 2015), Adam Wingard (What Fun We Are Having), and William Eubank (The Signal) and the original “The Fast and the Furious” director Rob Cohen for the big-budget gig.
With such a repertoire of directing such diverse movies, Gray will perfectly fit the vacated seat of director James Wan (Furious 7). What Culture recently chronicled some speculations surrounding the fast-pace action movie which included: “A villain” of the same caliber as portrayed by actor Denzel Washington, more screen time for Jordana Brewster, the comeback of Tokyo Drift’s Lucas Black and Mr. Nobody gaining attention of everybody.
Diesel, who plays the character of Dominic Toretto, made his zeal public to work with Gray via a post on his official Facebook account last Monday. The 48-year-old action star posed alongside the director on a background which contained a huge frame displaying images from various scenes from the the Fast and the Furious franchise. Diesel is not a stranger when it comes to working with Gray as he played the titular role in “A Man Apart.”
Photo Source: Facebook/Vin Diesel