Vin Diesel has predicted that the new Fast And Furious movie will win the Best Picture prize at next year’s Academy Awards.
Fast & Furious 7 – simply titled Furious 7 in the US – is set for release on April 3. The car chase sequel features the last film appearance from the late Paul Walker, who died in a car accident midway through filming. Shooting was subsequently delayed to allow for script rewrites and the actor’s brothers Caleb and Cody Walker were used as stand-ins to complete his final scenes.
“Universal is going to have the biggest movie in history with this movie,” Diesel said in an interview with Variety: “It will probably win Best Picture at the Oscars, unless the Oscars don’t want to be relevant ever.”
Diesel, who has starred in all seven Fast & Furious films, then added: “This will win Best Picture. There is nothing that will ever come close to the power of this thing.”
Alongside Diesel and Walker, Fast & Furious franchise regulars Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster and Ludacris all return in the new movie, while Jason Statham plays the film’s main villain after making a brief appearance in 2013’s Fast & Furious 6. New additions to the cast include Kurt Russell, The Expendables 3‘s Ronda Rousey and Blood Diamond actor Djimon Hounsou.
Meanwhile, Iggy Azalea has filmed a cameo for Fast & Furious 7 and the rapper recently admitted that the experience gave her a new-found appreciation for actors.Saw director James Wan called the shots from a script by regular Fast & Furious franchise writer Chris Morgan.