With travel restrictions to Cuba having been eased, filmmakers are starting to take advantage of the situation to film in a location previously inaccessible to them. Fast & Furious 8 became the first major Hollywood movie to do so when it began filming in Cuba last month, but it will not be the last.
Like Fast 8, Transformers: The Last Knight is racking up frequent flyer miles for its cast and crew as it films in a variety of locations across the globe. In addition to filming in London and Detroit, director Michael Bay announced via his Instagram account that Transformers 5 would start filming in Cuba this week. Now Bay is back on Instagram, providing a status update.
"CUBA! Second American Movie shot in Cuba," Bay captioned his first Instagram post from the country. "Amazing place!#transformers." The image itself is of a lime green car parked on the street of an undisclosed location in Cuba. Presumably the car does not transform into a giant robot warrior, but one can never be too sure which machines will be secret Cybertronians in the Transformers universe.
It is unknown exactly what kind of scenes Bay is filming in Cuba, or who among the cast will be involved. It could be a seaside battle with an appearance from Josh Duhamel as Colonel Lennox or it could be the complete destruction of Havana with Jerrod Carmichael providing comic relief. If Bay is feeling particularly generous, he may even grant Tyrese Gibson's wish to return to the series with the added bonus of a trip to a country few living Americans have seen.
Whether or not it's a good thing that Hollywood is bringing money and publicity to Cuba depends on who you ask. A sizable number of Cuban-Americans, including former presidential candidate Marco Rubio, are deeply opposed to the moves made to restore relations with Cuba and think no such move should be made until the Castro regime is out of power. For others, the embargo against Cuba is a relic of the Cold War and long past its expiration date. If the embargo gets fully lifted and Cubans are able to legally pay for Hollywood movies for the first time, no doubt they will be amazed to see themselves and their homes next to towering robots and, perhaps, one very excited Tyrese Gibson.
Transformers: The Last Knight opens in U.S. theaters on June 23, 2017, followed by the Bumblebee spinoff on June 8, 2018, and Transformers 6 on June 28, 2019.
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