We've known for quite some time that Universal's Fast & Furious 8 will start filming soon, which, like most movies in the franchise, will be an international affair. Filming will largely take place in both New York City and Atlanta, but shoots are also being planned in international locales such as Iceland, Cuba and Russia. Today we have a new report from Cleveland.com which reveals the sequel will also be shot in Ohio, with production possibly starting as early as mid-April.
Cleveland residents shouldn't expect to see any of the franchise's stars such as Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson in their city, since it will be a second-unit shoot. The Greater Cleveland Film Commission also posted a notice that the second unit is seeking submissions for local crew members and vendors for the shoot. Sources also claim that the production has reached out to IATSE Local 209, a union that represents grips, electricians, craft services, wardrobe, make up artists and hairstylists, seeking crew members for the shoot.
The site speculates that Cleveland will be used to film action sequences set in New York, along with establishing shots. The city was used in a similar fashion on 2007's Spider-Man 3, when several of the superhero movie's action sequences were shot in Cleveland, taking the Big Apple's place. Unfortunately, no details were given about the Fast & Furious 8 scenes that will be shot in Cleveland.
Sources wouldn't comment on the Cleveland shoot quite yet, since it hasn't been made official. But sources claim that production could take place in the city at some point between mid-April and mid-June. Principal photography is expected to start in Atlanta and New York in May, but an exact shooting schedule has yet to be confirmed. We reported earlier this month that a bizarre accident took place on the Iceland set, when gale force winds sent a fake iceberg prop flying, striking and killing a local horse.
Vin Diesel (Dominic Torreto), Dwayne Johnson (Hobbs), Jason Statham (Ian Shaw) and Kurt Russell (Mr. Nobody) are expected to return, and we reported last month that Charlize Theron is being sought to play the villain, although her involvement has yet to be confirmed. F. Gary Gray is directing from a script by Chris Morgan, who has written every Fast & Furious movie except for the first two installments. We'll keep you posted with more details as we get closer to production starting on Fast & Furious 8.