In an ongoing video series, the Fast and Furious franchise has been chronicling the behind-the-scenes production of Fast 8. In previous installments, segments have focused on elaborate stunt sequences with cars flying out of buildings or taking a tour of the "Toy Shop," which is home to some of the most expensive cars in the world.
These behind-the-scenes promo pieces are meant to highlight the fun that is being had behind the camera on the eighth Fast & Furious movie series installment. Hopefully, audiences will be able to feel the positive energy oozing out of the screen when the movie is released in theaters next year, too.
In the latest installment, Vin Diesel's daughter, Hania Riley, visited the set to give her opinion of the production. The precocious kid is playfully referred to as the Studio Head during her visit and it's clear that she feels right at home. After all, she was born during production of Fast & Furious, meaning that she was (literally) born into the franchise. So there is a certain inevitability to her presence on the film set.
The cast and crew of the Fast and Furious are bouncing back from the last production in the series. Furious 7 may have ended up grossing over one billion dollars worldwide, but the unfortunate passing of series star Paul Walker was a massive dark cloud over the proceedings. Part of the grieving process is to eventually move on with life and it seems that the cast and crew are taking that to heart, with a set that seems to have fantastic energy.
Fast & Furious movies have never lacked in the fun factor department. However, the approach that director F. Gary Gray is taking with Fast 8 has not yet been clearly specified. The movie is shooting all over the world and is bringing back beloved cast members Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson and Ludacris, among others. It will be interesting to find out in a future segment, how Gray plans to add some more layers of subtext and emotional weight to the popcorn franchise for this round.
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: Fast & Furious