Los Angeles, Jun 26: Hollywood action star Jason Statham, who played Deckard Shaw in the last two installments of “Fast & Furious” series, is set to return for the upcoming sequel. Statham, 47, who first joined the franchise in 2013 movie “Fast and Furious 6”, will reprise his role in the upcoming eighth chapter, reported Ace Showbiz. (Read:Fast and Furious 8: The trailer will blow your mind)

“We’re already talking about doing another one, part eight. I’m a newcomer. I just got invited to the party in this last one, so it’s nice to know I’m going to be doing another,” the actor said. “The Transporter” star only made a cameo in the sixth movie but he later had a bigger role in “Furious 7”

It will be the first film in the franchise without Paul Walker. Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson will reprise their respective roles as Dominic Toretto and Luke Hobbs. The eighth installment is set to hit North America on April 14, 2017