Despite Paul Walker’s untimely death in 2013, Universal’s pedal-to-the-metal, top-grossing Fast & Furious franchise has anything but slowed down. Principal photography for Fast & Furious 8, the next installment in the high-speed action series, has already begun, reuniting the likes of Vin Diesel (as Dominic Toretto), Michelle Rodriguez (as Letty Ortiz), Dwayne Johnson (as Agent Luke Hobbs), and more, who are reprising their roles as the rag-tag street car racers-turned-secret-agents.
Fast 8, directed by F. Gary Gray (Straight Outta Compton and The Italian Job), began filming on-location in Cuba in March—a historic locale, given the fact that no Hollywood film was shot there since before the embargo. Now, as evident in a new official set video (see above), production has moved away from the warm, tropical climate of the Caribbean to the snowy, off-road landscapes of Iceland.
“We at it again, sending love from Iceland,” cast member Tyrese Gibson (who returns to play Roman Pearce in Fast 8) says at the beginning of the video. What follows is a serious of fun, fast-paced, and explosive shots of jumping snow-mobiles and cars spinning out, popping wheelies, and racing against a backdrop of vast, frozen tundra. The production value looks to be as expansive as Iceland’s snowy fields, with bullets flying and cars speeding away from fiery explosions. “Now we’ve got to pick up the mess,” Gray jokingly says at the end, right after the camera, through which viewers are witnessing the hijinks, topples into a snow pile.
This marks the first time a Fast & Furious film has taken to the snow, so it will be exciting (not to mention visually stimulating) to see just how Gray and the production team will incorporate this change-of-pace set into the film’s half-crime, half-heist storyline. In addition, Fast 8's production will undergo another significant change in location soon enough, once the production moves to U.S. based locations such as Cleveland and New York.
Fast 8 is the first film in what will ultimately be a new trilogy of Furious films. (Fast 8, slated to be released in 2017 will be followed by a ninth and tenth film, planned to hit theaters in 2019 and 2021, respectively). The film also stars Chris “Ludacris” Bridges (as Tej Parker), Nathalie Emmanuel (as Ramsey), Jason Statham (as Deckard Shaw), Kurt Russell (as Mr. Nobody), and franchise newcomer, Oscar-winner Charlize Theron (as the villainous Cipher).
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.
Source: Universal Pictures