Vin Diesel is confident that "Furious 7" won't be merely a box-office hit, but a critical success as well.
“Universal is going to have the biggest movie in history with this movie,” the franchise veteran told Variety. “It will probably win best picture at the Oscars, unless the Oscars don’t want to be relevant ever.”
“This will win best picture,” he added. “There is nothing that will ever come close to the power of this thing.”
Whether the action movie will dominate next year's Academy Awards remains to be seen, but tracking services have it on a course to open next weekend to the tune of $115 million. If that happens, "Furious 7" would not only set a new record for the franchise, it would unseat 2014's "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" as the top April debut of all time.
Directed by James Wan, "Furious 7" also stars Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Elsa Pataky, Lucas Black, Jason Statham, Djimon Hounsou, Tony Jaa, Ronda Rousey, Nathalie Emmanuel and Kurt Russell. It opens April 3.