If you've been following the production of Fast and Furious 8 for the past few months, you'll surely know that the end of the work week has been dubbed Fast Friday. You never know what to expect in these videos, which have showcased everything from an insane parking garage stunt in Cleveland, to ice racing in Iceland and even Vin Diesel's daughter laying down the law on set. This week's video showcases what director F. Gary Gray calls one of his favorite scenes in the movie, featuring Dwayne Johnson performing an iconic and important dance known as the Haka.
Universal Pictures debuted this video through their social media channels today, which is one of the few Fast Friday videos that doesn't feature any sort of car action. Instead, the scene focuses on Dwayne Johnson's Luke Hobbs, who is watching his young daughter's soccer game. The actor explains that, since the score is tied, Hobbs leads his daughter's team in performing a Haka dance, which is an important ritual in Polynesian culture. Dwayne Johnson also reveals that choreographer Layne Hannemann wrote the dance and even sent it to New Zealand, to get the blessing of their elders.
Layne Hannemann also reveals in the video that his biggest role was to make sure the "spiritual aspect" of the Haka was embedded into the people he was teaching it to. We also get to see several scenes of this young soccer team performing this dance, lead by Dwayne Johnson's Hobbs right in the middle of this group. Dwayne Johnson also reveals that this Haka is very "cool and special" while praising the young girls who danced alongside him.
This video comes just a few days after a new photo surfaced from the set, giving us our first look at Oscar winner Helen Mirren alongside franchise star Vin Diesel. You may recall that, last year, just before Furious 7 hit theaters, Helen Mirren revealed that she wants to play a "mad driver" in a Fast & Furious movie. While Vin Diesel teased that he might take her up on that offer last year, Helen Mirren confirmed this summer that she had signed on, although she would only be on set for one day and she wasn't going to do any driving.
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 latest Fast Fridays video from the set of Fast & Furious 8.