Actors (L-R) Paul Walker, Vin Diesel and Tyrese Gibson pose at the world premiere of "Fast Five" at the Cinepolis Lagoon theatre in Rio de Janeiro, April 15, 2011. Reuters/Sergio Almeida

“The Fate of the Furious” trailer has released recently, giving birth to a lot of theories about the storyline. One among them is about Lucas Black’s role, which says that he will replace Paul Walker in the eighth instalment of the franchise.

For long, speculations were doing the rounds that some characters from previous "Fast and Furious" movies will return in the next instalment of the franchise. It seems that the rumours were all true as the released trailer of “The Fate of the Furious” shows a brief glimpse of Lucas Black, who played Sean Boswell in “The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift.”

Certainly, no one can ever replace Paul Walker. However, it is suspected that Lucas Black’s role has been incorporated in “The Fate of the Furious” in order to compensate for Paul Walker’s role. It remains uncertain as to what character he will play in the forthcoming chapter but it is said that the Tokyo street racer will take over O'Conner's place as Toretto's new buddy.

Even the trailer of “The Fate of the Furious” shows that Sean Bosewell will join the team in order to “save” Dom. To elaborate, the trailer revealed that Dom betrayed his family by setting up Luke Hobbs to take the fall for their latest job. Furthermore, he is seen aligning himself with villainous Cipher. Thereafter, Dom’s team reunites in order to save their former leader. Lucas Black's Sean Boswell will also join them.

Sean Bosewell in Tokyo Drift essayed the role of a bad-boy outlaw hailing from Texas. He was sent to Tokyo in order to clean up his act. Furthermore, he played a small role, rather a cameo, in Furious 7.

Since grapevine is abuzz with rumours that Lucas Black has signed for Fast 9 and Fast 10 as well, it is expected that his role in “The Fate of the Furious” will be a prominent one. If his role will be as pivotal as of Paul Walker’s only time will tell. Meanwhile, “The Fate of the Furious” is slated to hit the screens in Australia on April 12, 2017.

Watch the trailer of “The Fate of the Furious” below