The "Fast and the Furious" saga is finally coming to an end, Vin Diesel has revealed.
The actor, who has played the role of Dominic Toretto since the franchise’s first film "The Fast and the Furious" in 2001, made the bombshell announcement Thursday. During an interview with Associated Press, Diesel explained that there will be two more films following the ninth installment, "F9," which premiers June 25, and predicted that they could be released in 2023, then 2024.
"Every story deserves its own ending," he said. "I know people are going to feel like it doesn’t have to end, but I think all good things should. There are reasons for a finale. I think this franchise has deserved it."
Director Justin Lin said wrapping up the saga was an idea that came about during a conversation with Diesel, who suggested it was time to bring things to a close.
"Nine is kind of the first film of the final chapter. We’re kind of reconfiguring everything, so that the next two movies should wrap up this amazing journey for these characters," Lin said.
"This franchise was born from the pavement, from the concrete," Diesel added. "The world just championed this underdog to a place where it has already surpassed all of these other franchises. But the franchise has a soul, and that soul has to rest."
The announcement comes days after Diesel honored his late friend and "Fast and the Furious" co-star Paul Walker in a moving tribute. Taking to Instagram, the actor posted a throwback photo of himself with Walker.
"Weeks away from the F9 release… in preproduction for the finale that starts only months from now… @meadowwalker sends me this image and tells me how happy the photo makes her feel," he captioned the photo. Meadow is Walker's daughter and Diesel's goddaughter.
"Naturally, one gets filled with emotion, purpose and ultimately gratitude. Eternal brotherhood is a blessing beyond words. Hope to make you proud… All love, Always."
Walker appeared in the "Fast and the Furious" franchise in one of the lead roles, as former FBI agent Brian O'Connor alongside Diesel's Toretto. He was on a break from filming "Furious 7" when he left a charity event with Roger Rodas on Nov. 20, 2013, in a Porsche Carrera GT that eventually crashed and exploded into flames in Santa Clarita, California. It was reported that both men died on the scene.
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