Fast 8 or Fast & Furious 8, the eighth film in the ever-growing Fast & Furious franchise, is currently in production, and it’s safe to say that we’re getting a lot more firsthand information from the set than we have from any previous film in the series.
Part of that is because there’s more interest; the Fast & Furious has seen increasingly sizable grosses from its most recent entires, with Furious 7’s $353 million domestic box office easily surpassing that for Fast & Furious 6. There’s also the ever-growing cast, including Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson – who’s been known to post frequent set updates on his social media feeds.
Two more pieces of Rock-related Fast 8 social media marketing have now arrives online. The first post is a photo from the set, featuring Johnson’s character, Agent Hobbs, walking away from what looks like a grisly car accident (see the photo below). It’s captioned “The Iceman cometh. And he don’t fucketh around. #OnSet #FastAndFurious8#ZeroToleranceForBullshit #Iceman,” in an apparent nod to Johnson’s old wrestling catchphrase, “Layeth the smacketh down.” The photo had already notched over 1 million likes in its first 15 hours.
The next clip (see below) shows Johnson on set with Fast 8 helmsman F. Gary Gray, teasing the filming of a prison-based sequence that Johnson previously by way of a photo showing Hobbs in shackles and an orange prison jumpsuit.
Fast 8, as directed by Gray (Straight Outta Compton) and written Chris Morgan, is the first Fast & Furious installment released after the passing of series mainstay Paul Walker. In addition to mainstays Johnson, Vin Diesel, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges and Michelle Rodriguez, Fast 8 will bring back Furious 7 additions Kurt Russell and Jason Statham, while also introducing new characters played by Helen Mirren, Charlize Theron and Game of Thrones actor Kristofer Hivju. Filming is taking place in a variety of locations, including Cuba, Iceland and Cleveland.
These social media posts would seem to indicate that Johnson has a larger role in the upcoming film than he did in Furious 7; in that movie, you may remember, he spent the majority of the running time in a hospital bed, in between blowout action sequences at the beginning and end. But here, we know that he’s in “the prison scene,” as well as at least one sequences involving outdoor car collisions. And considering that Johnson has more projects currently on his plate than any other movie star alive, it’s good news for fans of the franchise that he’ll be a big part of Fast 8.
Fast 8 opens in U.S. theaters on April 17th, 2017, followed by Fast and Furious 9 on April 19th, 2019, and Fast and Furious 10 on April 2nd, 2021.