With seven films under its belt and a further three confirmed (including Fast & Furious 8, which is currently being filmed), Universal's Fast & Furious has gone off from being a one-off 2001 action flick starring a bunch of unknown actors driving fast cars into a globally adored, multi-billion dollar movie franchise. F. Gary Gray is directing the eighth Fast & Furious installment, starring Vin Diesel, Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Nathalie Emmanuel, Ludacris, and Tyrese Gibson, to name a few (not to mention, franchise newcomers such as Oscar-winner Charlize Theron).
With the Fast & Furious franchise having amassed over $3.8 billion total so far, each new installment aims to one-up the previous one with outrageous stunts and high-octane action sequences. Currently, the series is one of the biggest, most profitable and long-lasting original film properties in modern times; the Fast & Furious franchise hasn't just evolved onscreen either, seeing as the people behind the series (Diesel in particular) have become quite adept at using social media to promote their work in recent years.
With teases from the official Fast & Furious social media account about what's to come in Fast 8 (such as a video of an explosive car chase in Iceland) arriving on a weekly basis, it's hard to imagine what they'll come up with next. In this new unofficial video from the Fast 8 set in Cleveland (see below), we don't see any of the movie's stars appear, but do witness four cars casually fly out of a row of fourth-floor windows, before exploding into balls of fire, as three cars smash into the flaming wreckages. Quite standard for a Fast & Furious movie, all things considered.
Fast & Furious 8 filming in Cleveland. Imagine if you weren't aware and suddenly saw this. (h/t Kasey Crabtree) pic.twitter.com/0u08Lgo0DH
— Justin King (@JustinKing) June 3, 2016
Seeing as we've only been privy to this brief video footage from a member of the public who managed to capture the explosions in motion, we've got no real context as to what's going on here. Is this the work of Fast 8's villains, Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) and Cipher (Theron)? A possible aftermath of an impressive battle between Dominic Toretto's (Diesel) crew and the baddies?? Or simply the result of a crazy idea one of Dom's team conjure up? No one's quite sure but, as stunning as it'll look on screen, this is surely by no means the most extravagant of stunts we'll see in the final movie.
Anticipation levels for Fast 8 are high, after the commercial success of Furious 7 and the $1.5 billion it took in the aftermath of Paul Walker's tragic passing. Not only is there considerable pressure to make eighth Fast & Furious flick a worthy follow-up to the seventh, but just as much to continue to amaze fans as previous Fast & Furious adventures have before it.
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.