Last week, we revealed that history is being made as production on Universal Pictures' Fast and Furious 8 continues in Cuba. The sequel is the first major Hollywood production to shoot in Cuba in the past 50 years, after the U.S. lifted the longstanding trade embargo and eased travel restrictions into the country. With production still under way, a new behind-the-scenes video has arrived giving fans a glimpse at what is happenig during this history portion of the production.
The video comes direct from the official Fast & Furious Facebook page, and features stars Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez along with director F. Gary Gray, who all express their excitement for getting to visit all these beautiful people and places in Cuba. We also see reactions from several Cuban locals as classic cars are used for a street racing scene. Hundreds of extras cheer on the drivers as they tear through the streets. We don't know anything about how these scenes fit within the entire story of Fast & Furious 8, but hopefully we'll learn more as production continues.
Fast & Furious 8 will shoot the bulk of its scenes in New York City and Atlanta, though, like the previous movies, this sequel will truly be another international affair. Production already took place earlier this year in Iceland, where the crew pulled off what is believed to be the largest explosion in the country's history. Unfortunately, a tragic accident also happened in Iceland, when an iceberg prop was sent flying by gale force winds, striking and killing a local horse. Filming is also expected to take place in Russia on Fast & Furious 8, but we don't have any details about that shoot quite yet.
Cuba is quickly becoming a hot spot for American productions after the trade embargo lifted. Last year, Conan O'Brien filmed in Cuba for his TBS late night talk show Conan, becoming the first American talk show to appear in Cuba since the U.S. trade embargo began in 1962. Last year, an indie film entitled Papa Hemingway, which hit theaters last weekend, shot on the island, and Showtime's House of Lies announced in January that they plan to shoot part of their fifth season in the country.
As for Fast & Furious 8, no plot details have been released at this time, but it is believed that many of the main stars from Fast 7 will return, including Kurt Russell as Mr. Nobody. Charlize Theron is playing the main villain, with Scott Eastwood as the new lead replacing Paul Walker, though Eastwood's character has not been revealed and it isn't known if this will be another member of Brian O'Conner's family. Dwayne Johnson and Tyrese Gibson are all expected to return, along with Jason Statham as bad guy Deckard Shaw. Take a look at this new behind-the-scenes video from Fast & Furious 8's shoot in Cuba.