It has been an intense and interesting week for the cast and crew of Fast and Furious 8. The usually positive and high-spirited Dwayne Johnson publicly announced his disgust at a few certain cast members, calling them 'Candy Asses'. And it set off a firestorm of speculation about whom he might actually be talking about. In light of that, the production team has now called an end to their 'Fast Friday' initiative, which was bringing new photos and video every Friday from the production.
It doesn't appear that the sequel has wrapped. But a lengthy message was posted on the movie's official Facebook. It was accompanied with a new photo of the entire cast, gathered together. Interesting to note, Dwayne Johnson has been moved all the way down to the end of the cast picture, and he is standing next to Scott Eastwood, whom many believed was one of the 'Candy Asses' called out in The Rock's original post. Other's speculate that Johnson was actually referencing star Vin Diesel, who has a reputation for being difficult on set. Here's the message as it appeared on Facebook.
"For our final #FastFridays post, all of us in the Fast Family wanted to thank you for coming on the ride with us during this epic production. We began in Cuba, visited Iceland, New York and Atlanta, and as we head into our final few days of shooting, we wanted to take this opportunity to express our gratitude to those who have worked so hard over the past 100 days to bring you a movie that is going to be another incredible installment of our saga. Everything we do comes from our shared passion to bring you the very best. Thank you Vin, who has been at the wheel since this journey began, first as star and then as producer...And thanks to all of the cast of the eighth Fast: Michelle, who's also been with us from the start...Those who've joined our family along the way: Tyrese and Chris from Miami in our second film; Dwayne and Elsa, who came on board in Rio in movie five; Jason, Nathalie and Kurt from last time around; and our newest members Charlize, Scott, Kristofer and Helen...And our brother who continues to inspire us all, Paul. We extend our gratitude to our new director F. Gary Gray, producers Neal Moritz and One Race Films, writer Chris Morgan, and the hundreds of awesome, dedicated crew members who worked their asses off. All of us take our work on Fast & Furious seriously, and we seriously intend to wow the world again. We'll be back in December with your first look at what we've created for you. -- Your Fast Family."
Fast 8 takes place in New York, with production set for the Big Apple, Atlanta and Russia. The crew has already shot in Cuba and Iceland. It is believed that the Cuba scenes will introduce fans to Dominic Torreto's Cuban family. It isn't known how much longer principal photography is scheduled to last on Fast & Furious 8, but we know this will be the first installment of the franchise's final trilogy. Universal has already set an April 19, 2019 release date for Fast & Furious 9, and the franchise closes out with Fast & Furious 10 on April 2, 2021.
As you can see in this latest post, while we've seen quite a bit of footage over the past few months, we won't get to see an actual trailer for another four months, with the first teaser arriving in December. Straight Outta Compton director F. Gary Gray directs Fast & Furious 8, working from a script by Chris Morgan. The writer is responsible for penning every movie in the series, except for the first two, 2001's The Fast and the Furious and 2003's 2 Fast 2 Furious. Universal has already set an April 14, 2017 release date for Fast 8, and it currently has that date all to itself. But it will be hitting theaters one week after Warner Bros.' Going In Style remake and Sony's Smurfs: The Lost Village. Take a look at the very last Fast Friday update the set of Fast & Furious 8.