With production scheduled to begin this spring on Fast & Furious 8, this highly-anticipated sequel is expected to be yet another international affair. While the bulk of filming will take place in New York City and Atlanta, we reported earlier this month that this sequel is eyeing locations in Cuba for part of its shoot, which would make it the first major motion picture to shoot there in over 50 years. Today, Visir is reporting that the production is also gearing up for a shoot in Iceland. The news was confirmed by Regína Ásvaldsdóttir, mayor of Akranes, Iceland, which is, approximately 28 miles north of Reykjavík, who stating that shooting is expected to begin in April.
This report also claims that the Fast 8 crew plans on pulling off the biggest explosion ever seen in Iceland, although no specific story details were given. The production plans on shooting near the Akranes harbor and in a location known as the Cement Fields. While this project is certainly the biggest ever to shoot in the town, Akranes recently played host to the Netflix series Sense8. The series used the town's hospital for part of the production.
Our report on Fast & Furious 8's Cuba shoot from earlier this month revealed that the sequel was eyeing locations in Iceland and Russia, but neither the Cuban or Russian shoots have been confirmed at this time. After the Fast & Furious franchise started in Los Angeles with 2001's The Fast and the Furious, the beloved film series quickly became an international affair, with its sequels set in Miami, Tokyo, Panama, Rio de Janeiro and London. No plot details have surfaced yet, but Vin Diesel teased last year that Kurt Russell's Furious 7 character Mr. Nobody will play a key role in the sequel, which would start a new trilogy. This follow-up will also bring aboard a new director, with Straight Outta Compton director F. Gary Gray taking the helm.
Rumors have also surfaced that 2 Fast 2 Furious star Eva Mendes will return as Customs Agent Monica Fuentes. After starring in 2 Fast 2 Furious, Eva Mendes also appeared in a mid-credits sequence of 2011's Fast Five. She makes contact with Dwayne Johnson's Luke Hobbs, and tells him that Michelle Rodriguez' Leti is actually alive and well, working for the villainous Owen Shaw (Luke Evans), which helps set up 2013's Fast & Furious 6.
With production starting up very soon, it still hasn't been confirmed who wrote the script for Fast & Furious 8 yet.Chris Morgan has written the last five movies, but he is now in charge of shepherding Universal's shared monster universe with Alex Kurtzman. Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham have also confirmed that they'll be back as Hobbs and Ian Shaw, alongside Vin Diesel's Dominic Toretto, with Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, Elsa Pataky and Lucas Black expected to return as well. What do you think about this sequel shooting in Iceland?