Following Furious 7's positive critical reception and incredible financial performance (hauling in over $1.5 billion worldwide), it was inevitable that a follow-up would be green-lit. Over the last year, we've slowly been putting together what Fast 8 will look like thanks to reports, images and select videos, but many fans are eager to get that first trailer. Now Vin Diesel has revealed when said trailer will be released to the masses, but unfortunately, we're still several months away.

Posted by Vin Diesel on Thursday, September 29, 2016

Vin Diesel put the word out on his Facebook page that the first Fast 8 trailer will drop on Sunday, December 11. He actually announced the preview's debut a few days earlier in a separate post, mentioning New York City with the date, but the above image is sure to get more people's attention. No doubt there are many who wish it was coming sooner, but good things come to those who wait. Vin Diesel didn't elaborate about what specifically the movie has in store for the Big Apple on that date, but at the moment, we're guessing there will be some kind of special event where the trailer launches. That's fitting, as New York City was one of the many shooting locations, along with Havana, Mývatn, Atlanta and Cleveland.

Whether the Fast 8 trailer premieres at an event first or makes its way online sometime during the day, it will be most welcome for fans who are waiting to see what the eighth installment has to offer. Fortunately, it's not like they've been left entirely in the dark. During principal photography, the cast and crew posted several behind-the-scenes looks, including showing off their impressive collection of cars and a huge prison break sequence involving The Rock's Luke Hobbs. That being said, there's nothing like polished moments and quick action sequences in a preview to ideally give a satisfying taste of what the final product will look like on the big screen. As an added bonus, it's also a good bet that following its premiere, the Fast 8 trailer will be attached to major blockbusters being released around that time, like Rogue One and Assassin's Creed. On the off chance someone doesn't catch it while browsing the web, Universal will want to make sure it gets in front of as many eyes as possible in theaters.

Besides Vin Diesel reprising Dominic Toretto, Fast 8 will see a lot of familiar faces returning, including Michelle Rodriguez's Letty Ortiz, Tyrese Gibson's Roman Pearce, Jason Statham's Deckard Shaw and Kurt Russell's Frank Petty. As far as new faces go, fans can look forward to seeing Charlize Theron as main villain Cipher, Helen Mirren (her character's identity hasn't been revealed yet), Scott Eastwood as a law enforcement agent and Kristofer Hivju as one of Cipher's henchmen.

Fast 8 races into theaters on April 14, 2017.

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