Fast and Furious 8 to make history, begins with shooting location
Team Fast and Furious are established globetrotters. Vin Diesel, Tyrese Gibson, Michelle Rodriguez, Ludacris have been to Japan, Abu Dhabi and London. But for Fast and Furious 8, they are going where Hollywood has not ventured in more than 50 years -- Cuba.
Multiple sources say that F Gary Gray, the director of Fast and Furious 8, recently returned from a scouting trip which included the previously embargoed nation, reports hollywoodreporter.com. In addition, the sources explain that the production has moved forward with the paperwork to shoot there.
“Universal Pictures is currently in the process seeking approval from the United States and Cuban governments to explore shooting a portion of the next installment of the Fast & Furious series in Cuba,” read a statement from the studio.
If it is approved, the street-racing movie will be the first Hollywood film to shoot on the island since the embargo in the 1960s. Vin Diesel will return as the lead actor in the movie.
He will be joined by Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, Ludacris and Tyrese Gibson, with Jason Statham and Kurt Russell expected to return. Fast and Furious 8 will be released in North America on April 14, 2017.