‘Fast & Furious 8’ Becomes the First American Film to Shoot in Cuba Since the 60s!

The eighth installment of the “Fast & Furious” action film franchise featuring a lot of fast cars has begun filming in the island country of Cuba in Central America.

“Fast & Furious 8” officially becomes the first American studio film to shoot in Cuba since the US placed an embargo in Fidel Castro’s homeland back in the 60s, reports Collider.

To mark the important milestone in American film history, Director F. Gary Gray started filming in style with a welcome greeting from the locals to the “Fast & Furious” cast members and extended family.

The movie to be shown on April 14, 2017 is the follow-up to “Fast& Furious 7,” the most successful and the highest-grossing film of the franchise when it was released to global theaters in April of last year.

It was also the franchise’s hearty sendoff to the late Paul Walker and his character, Brian O’Connor.

Universal Pictures already confirmed that “Fast & Furious 8” will be the first of the final trilogy with the 10th and final film expected to commemorate the franchise’s 20th anniversary in 2021, notes Screen Rant.

A film with international scope

Vin Diesel has also posted on his Instagram account a video of himself and Director F. Gary Gray on location in Cuba.

But just like the previous films in the franchise, “Fast & Furious 8” will be international in scope because other than Cuba, the film has already shot in Iceland and shall be doing so in at least two key cities in the US including New York and Cleveland soon.

Director Gray has already proven his mettle at combining relatively intimate character drama with action/thrills, with his work on movies like “The Negotiator,” “Straight Outta Compton,” and “The Italian Job.”

His work on “The Italian Job” will be most useful in the production of “Fast & Furious 8” given the resemblance of the two films including car racing sequences in urban locations, heist genre elements, character ensembles, among others.

Gray is also very much like previous franchise directors in Justin Lin and James Wan but the producers are confident that he may have something new to bring to the table, which would delight its fans all the more.

Filming in Iceland

Incidentally, filming for the “Fast & Furious 8” took place in Iceland last month where it got its first real casualty. But it is not human but a local horse named ‘Jupiter.’

The set was reportedly filming on the frozen Lake Myvatn and the production was using a styrofoam ice props.

When the props were blown as part of the filming, it accidentally hit Jupiter that injured his leg making the animal unable to stand or walk. Given the situation of the horse, where keeping him alive would be more horrible, a decision was agreed upon to euthanize Jupiter.

While Iceland’s Environmental Agency was also monitoring the filming of “Fast & Furious 8”, they were surely not happy that the styrofoam iceberg explosion killed a local horse.

The death of Jupiter will definitely have a negative impact on the film’s relationship with the local government.

As expected the owner of Jupiter was really upset for the death of his horse but it is almost sure that the insurance of the production of “Fast & Furious 8” would compensate him for his loss.

Jupiter was innocently grazing nearby when the winds picked up a piece of a fake iceberg and slammed into the animal.

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As a result, Jupiter suffered a severely broken leg and he had to be put down. In addition to Jupiter, there is also another horse which received not so serious injuries and the animal is expected to fully recover from the accident.

Numerous film productions have had their fair share of accidents in recent months. There have been reports that during the current filming of “Resident Evil: The Final Chapter” starring Milla Jovovich, one member of the crew was killed and stuntwoman Olivia Jackson was permanently disfigured in two separate instances.

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