When shooting on Fast and Furious 8 started in Cuba last month, the sequel introduced a new tradition called #FastFridays, where the production unveils a weekly behind-the-scenes glimpse from the set. The tradition continues today with the latest sneak peek, taking fans inside the first day of production where the entire cast has assembled. This video offers a glimpse at stars such as Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Kurt Russell, Nathalie Emmanuel, Jason Statham, Ludacris and even our first look at newcomer Scott Eastwood. We also have a new set photo courtesy of Tyrese Gibson's Instagram.
We still don't know who Scott Eastwood is playing, but since he's seen with Dominic (Vin Diesel) and his crew, it seems that this character could be helping them with their latest mission. The video, which debuted on the Fast & Furious YouTube Channel, doesn't reveal too much. But all of these characters are seen meeting together. Production has been under way for just over a month, but we still haven't been given an official synopsis or a confirmed cast list.
We know that 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 Iceland, where the sequel pulled off the biggest explosion in the country's history. This latest video doesn't feature the sequel's new villain Cipher, played by Charlize Theron, or her henchman, played by Game of Thrones star Krisofer Hivju, but we recently got our first look at Cipher in a photo that surfaced last week.
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.
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. Take a look at the latest #FastFridays video that offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the cast coming back together, along with Tyrese Gibson's set photo below and an official image from the scene being shot.