Oct 09, 2015 06:00 AM EDT

'Fast And Furious 8' UPDATE: 5 Explosive Movies [PHOTOS] You Should Not Miss From Vin Diesel Preferred Director F. Gary Gray

“Fast and Furious 8” has finally secured a director to bring it to the big screen.

Vin Diesel’s chosen director, F. Gary Gray officially confirmed through Twitter that he will take the reins for the eight installment of Universal’s “Fast and Furious” franchise. The esteemed director tweeted, “Can’t ask for better partners than Vin, Neal & Universal. Excited to bring u the next chapter of the #FastFamily saga.”

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Comicbook.com has learned F. Gary Gray met with Vin Diesel regarding the open slot for a “Fast And Furious 8” directorial job. Apparently, the meeting ended well and both have agreed upon on negotiations as the franchise star posted a photo of him with Gray on his Facebook page.

Curious about the works of the new “Fast and Furious 8” director? Read on below for five explosive movies directed by Gray you should never miss:

1. “Straight Outta Compton” (2015)

F. Gary Gray’s name has been added among the hottest helmers in Hollywood after the successful showing of the N.W.A. biopic “Straight Outta Compton” to the big screen. Variety reported the film drew critical acclaim and may even be up for an Oscar nomination as well as raked in more than $150 million at the box office with just a $20 million budget.

 2. “Law Abiding Citizen” (2009)

Gerald Butler and Jamie Foxx starred in F. Gary Gray’s crime-drama-thriller about a frustrated man deciding to take matters into his own hand after one of the killers who murdered his family was set free. Aside from hunting down the killer, he also targeted other people responsible for the plea bargain deal as well as the district attorney, as per IMDb.

 3. “The Italian Job” (2003)

F. Gary Gray won Best Director at the American Black Film Festival and Black Reel Awards for this Mark Wahlberg starrer which Comicbook.com revealed included some mind-blowing car chase scenes. No need to worry “Fast and Furious” fans, F. Gary Gray has experience with speeding cars.

 4. “A Man Apart” (2003)

No wonder Vin Diesel has a soft spot for F. Gary Gray. The two worked together in this action-drama movie where the “Fast and Furious” star portrayed Sean Vetter, a DEA agent vent on seeking revenge for the death of his wife who was caught up in a drug war, as per IMDb.

5. “The Negotiator” (1998)

It seemed F. Gary Gray has a penchant for directing action-dramas like this movie headlined by Samuel L. Jackson and Kevin Spacey. IMDb detailed the plotline as that of an expert negotiator driven to clear his name after being framed for his partner’s murder. His only chance to uncover the conspiracy and prove his innocence was to hostage several people and acquired the help of another skilled negotiator.

Did that list get you hooked to new “Fast and Furious 8” director F. Gary Gray? Catch the latest installment from the “Fast and Furious” franchise on April 17, 2017.

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