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Vin Diesel confirmed that the eighth installment of the franchise will premiere on 14 April 2017Facebook/ Jeffrey Raymond Frohlich

The Fast & Furious franchise will return in 2017, but speculations about the cast ensemble has kept the fans guessing after the movie was confirmed by actor and producer Vin Diesel at the Las Vegas CinemaCon on 23 April.

Fans of the street racing action franchise want a perfect replacement for Paul Walker who played the character of Brian O'Conner.

Ecumenical News suspects that after saying goodbye to the late actor, producers of the franchise may bring back Jason Statham, Luke Evans as the Shaw Brothers Deckard and Owen.

In the sixth movie of the popular franchise, Owen Shaw was believed to be dead but he was later shown barely alive during the beginning of Furious 7.

His brother Deckard Shaw went to prison at the end of the seventh movie of the blockbuster franchise.

The website suspects that in F8, the Shaw Brothers may revenge against Vin Diesel's Dominic Toretto and his crew.

After the blockbuster reception for Furious 7, Diesel, who is also the producer of the action franchise, has revealed that the eighth instalment of the American action movie is indeed happening.

"Well, I was trying to keep it close to the vest throughout the release. Paul [Walker] used to say that eight was guaranteed. And in some ways, when your brother guarantees something, you sometimes feel like you have to make sure it comes to pass," Diesel said during the MTV Movie Awards 2015.

Diesel has hinted at a bigger role for Kurt Russell, who made his first appearance in the Fast and Furious series.

Russell's Mr Nobody character was introduced for a larger story that takes place in New York, the 47-year-old action star revealed during an interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

Mr. Nobody is a shadowy government agent who helped Dom and the rest of his gang high tech toys to make their task easy.

It is rumoured that Russell's Mr Nobody may fill the void of Walker, who died in a tragic car crash in 2013.