Back in September, Vin Diesel revealed a new photo from Fast 8, while revealing that the first trailer will debut on Sunday, December 11. While that date is six days away, a new preview has arrived, which features several stars discussing what makes this franchise special, including footage from the previous seven movies. We also get some new piecces of behind-the-scenes footage, which offers another glimpse at the new villain Cipher, played by Charlize Theron.
This preview debuted on Twitter this morning, which also reveals that the full trailer will be streamed live from a special event in New York City, with the entire cast in attendance. This two and a half minute preview features stars Vin Diesel (Dominic Toretto), Dwayne Johnson (Luke Hobbs), Michelle Rodriguez (Letty Torreto), Tyrese Gibson (Roman Pearce) and Ludacris (Tej Parker), along with new footage of what became known as the "zombie car drop," where cars were being dropped out of a parking garage in Cleveland, along with footage from the Iceland set and much more.
Back in August, Dwayne Johnson made headlines for calling out some of his Fast 8 male co-stars for their unprofessional work habits, calling them "candy asses." While he wouldn't state which cast members he was referring to, it is believed that he was referring to Vin Diesel, who would reportedly keep the cast and crew waiting for hours before he was ready to shoot. Dwayne Johnson has since clarified that this conflict has been resolved, with some rumors even surfacing that claimed it was all part of a promotional stunt that will lead into a wrestling match between Dwayne Johnson and Vin Diesel at next year's Wrestlemania, which takes place just days before Fast 8 hits theaters next April. That has never been confirmed or announced.
Universal hasn't released an official plot syopsis quite yet, but the bulk of the action is said to take place in New York City, with production also making history by becoming the first major studio motion picture to film in Cuba in more than 50 years. This happened after the U.S. lifted the trade embargo and travel restrictions with Cuba. It is believed that these scenes in Cuba will introduce fans to Dominic Toretto's Cuban family, but that has yet to be confirmed. There has also been talk that Vin Diesel has had conversations with the late Paul Walker's brothers, Caleb Walker and Cody Walker, about potentially bringing his character Brian O'Connor back for the franchise's last two films, Fast & Furious 9 (April 19, 2019) and Fast & Furious 10 (April 2, 2021), but that has yet to be confirmed.
The cast for Fast & Furious 8 also includes returning franchise stars Jason Statham, Kurt Russell, Lucas Black and Jordana Brewster alongside newcomers Scott Eastwood, Charlize Theron and Kristofer Hivju. There have also been rumors that this sequel will bring back 2 Fast 2 Furious star Eva Mendes as U.S. Customs agent Monica Fuentes, but that has yet to be confirmed. F. Gary Gray directs from a script by Chris Morgan, with Universal Pictures setting an April 14, 2017 release date. Take a look at this new preview below for Fast and Furious 8.