Amid a slew of trade reports naming F. Gary Gray as the frontrunner to steer Furious 8 into theaters, it looks like Straight Outta Compton director has now gotten an endorsement from Dominic Toretto himself.
Vin Diesel posted a photo to his Facebook page early Tuesday of him posing alongside Gray and a collage of framed Fast & Furious photos.
It was revealed late Monday that Universal has reportedly chosen Gray over other contenders for the gig, like Louis Leterrier, Adam Wingard, and William Eubank. Diesel, at one point, hinted he could take on the job himself. (The star also lobbied for original Fast & Furious director Rob Cohen to get the job.)
“My producing partner Neal [Moritz] would love for me to just sign off on a director, but this is too special a franchise, so these matters have to be very carefully handled,” the actor wrote in an earlier Facebook post on Sept. 25, where he also said he plans to end the franchise with one last trilogy.
Gray, for his part, had a big summer for Universal with Compton, which earned more than $160 million at the domestic box office. He’s also worked with Diesel before, on the 2003 film A Man Apart, and has helmed action films like The Italian Job and The Negotiator.
A representative for Universal had no comment regarding Gray and Furious 8. You can see Diesel’s most recent post below.