Director F. Gary Gray arrives at the premiere of Universal Pictures and Legendary Pictures' "Straight Outta Compton" at the Microsoft Theatre on August 10, 2015 in Los Angeles, California

Director F. Gary Gray arrives at the premiere of Universal Pictures and Legendary Pictures’ “Straight Outta Compton” at the Microsoft Theatre on August 10, 2015 in Los Angeles, California

*F. Gary Gray announced on his Facebook page that he will indeed direct the eighth film in the “Fast & Furious” franchise.

I could not have asked for better partners than Vin Diesel, Neal H. Moritz, & the Universal Studios Entertainment…

Posted by F Gary Gray on Thursday, October 8, 2015

Universal Pictures has also confirmed that the “Straight Outta Compton” helmer will sit in the director’s chair.

Star and producer Vin Diesel posted a photo of himself and Gray with some “Fast & Furious” images on Facebook earlier this week, hinting that he was next in line for the franchise.

“Furious 7,” released earlier this year, grossed a staggering $1.5 billion worldwide. James Wan directed that film, which featured Paul Walker’s final appearance in the series. Walker died in 2013.

The eighth installment is set for an April 14, 2017 release.