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Paul Walker says Fast & Furious 8 is guaranteed

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Story by Jack Foley

FAST & Furious star Paul Walker has claimed that an eighth film in the franchise is “guaranteed”.

Speaking to US website Collider, the actor said that even if the forthcoming seventh film in the series fails at the box office, an eighth film will be made.

“The studio supposedly wants 8, 9 and 10. I’ll be 50. Even if 7 were to [tank], there’s at least an 8. That’s a guarantee,” he continued.

Walker, who plays former cop Brian O’Connor in the franchise, continues to be amazed by the success and longevity of the franchise, particularly as neither he nor co-star Vin Diesel had come back for a third film, presuming that it was about to be canned.

“They were going to do a direct-to-video 4,” he revealed. “They were going to dispose it and be done with it. But then, Vin was like, ‘No, I’ll come in for a cameo,’ because it wasn’t testing well. He wanted to set up the fourth one and the studio went for it, and we got a second life.”

Fast & Furious 7 will see Walker return alongside Diesel and fellow regulars Jordana Brewster, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson and Ludacris.

Lucas Black, who took over driving duties from Diesel and Walker for Tokyo Drift will also return for the seventh film, while incoming cast members include Jason Statham, Tony Jaa, Kurt Russell and Djimon Hounsou.

Fast & Furious 7 will open in cinemas in July 2014.

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