"The Fate of the Furious" got an early screening on Wednesday at CinemaCon in Las Vegas.
Vin Diesel introduced the film at the event -- which was packed with members of the press and movie theater exhibitors -- and got choked up talking about former co-star Paul Walker. This is the first film in the franchise to be shot fully after the actor's death.
"Part of Paul’s legacy lives through every frame that we shoot," Diesel told the crowd. "You are reminded of this angel that was so integral to this concept of brotherhood for our millennium. There's something beautiful about that. There's something celebratory about that."
The screening comes after rumors of a rift between Diesel and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, who reportedly got into it during filming. While Johnson was in Vegas for press events for both "Jumanji" and "Baywatch," he was MIA for Wednesday's panel. According to one critic who saw the film, the two don't share any screen time together.
See some of the reaction coming out of Sin City below. The film opens April 14.
I adored every ridiculous, silly, charming, absurd, fun second of The Fate of the Furious.— Eric Vespe (@EricVespe) March 29, 2017
The Fate of the Furious is another winning entry in the franchise. Crazy, fun, and yet very different feeling. I laughed, I cried, I cheered— Germain Lussier (@GermainLussier) March 29, 2017
THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS features some great action set pieces but I think I may be too old for this franchise, which just isn't the same now— Jeff Sneider (@TheInSneider) March 29, 2017
The Fate of the Furious takes the ridiculousness of the franchise to a whole new level, yet feels very different. Should be a gigantic hit.— Peter Sciretta (@slashfilm) March 29, 2017
THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS is no joke. Doubles down on action, emotion, intensity, humor &, of course, family. The NYC stuff is off the chain. pic.twitter.com/K3aeviUYCf— ErikDavis (@ErikDavis) March 29, 2017
not sure I saw even one shot in Fate of the Furious with @TheRock & Vin Diesel together. Take that how you will.— Steven Weintraub (@colliderfrosty) March 29, 2017
So we got a #CinemaCon2017 surprise, with a screening of "The Fate of the Furious" in full. Pretty cool, still ridiculous action.— Sean P. Means (@moviecricket) March 29, 2017
Charlize's dreads in #fast8 were problematic for me.— Amy Kaufman (@AmyKinLA) March 29, 2017
The best part of #Fast8 is mosdef Jason Statham interacting with a wee babe.— Amy Kaufman (@AmyKinLA) March 29, 2017