Ever since production started on Universal's Fast and Furious 8, the production has been giving fans weekly behind-the-scenes glimpses every Friday, with a new tradition they call #FastFridays. We've previously seen stars like Vin Diesel and Michelle Rodriguez as shooting began in Cuba, along with our first look at the new villain Cipher, played by Charlize Theron. Today we have another video, which reveals that production has shifted to Iceland, featuring a glimpse at the set with Tyrese Gibson and director F. Gary Gray.
We previously reported that the sequel's Iceland shoot will pull off the biggest explosion in the country's history. It's possible that we may have gotten an early glimpse at this record-breaking explosion in this video from Youtube. We don't know much about why this explosion happened, but several cars are seen driving away from it at top speeds. We also get glimpses at some of the production's new vehicles, with some exotic sports cars, classic muscle cars, and even a tank. There also appears to be a high-speed snowmobile chase as well. Just another day at the office for these Fast & Furious stars.
The story will primarily take place in New York, with production set for the Big Apple, Atlanta and Russia. The crew has already shot in Cuba and now in Iceland. The sequel already made headlines for a bizarre incident that took place this past March in the country, when gale force winds sent a prop iceberg flying, striking and killing a local horse that wasn't part of the production. None of the major cast members were present at the time of this accident. Earlier reports claimed the production would take place at Akranes harbor and in a location known as the Cement Fields in Iceland.
Last week's Fast 8 set video offered a glimpse at the first day that the entire cast was together, featuring Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Kurt Russell, Nathalie Emmanuel, Jason Statham, Ludacris and franchise newcomer Scott Eastwood. Besides Tyrese Gibson, it isn't known if all of the other main cast members are in Iceland as well, but Tyrese Gibson recently shared a photo on Instagram that features Charlize Theron and Ludacris. It isn't known how long 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.
F. Gary Gray, who directed last year's critical and commercial sensation Straight Outta Compton, is taking the helm on 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 & Furious 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 #FastFridays video with behind-the-scenes action from the Iceland set, along with Tyrese Gibson's new set photo.