Vin Diesel predicts ‘Fast & Furious 7’ will win Best Picture at next year’s Oscars

Car chase sequel features the last film appearance from the late Paul Walker

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.