Jason Statham, playing the role of Deckard Shaw, was the big bad during “Fast & Furious 7” when it was shown in April of last year.
Before the start of filming for “Fast & Furious 8,” the reports were saying that British actress Helen Mirren will be the movie’s big bad as she will break out Statham’s Deckard Shaw character from prison. The two will reportedly team up to make life a tad difficult for the team of Dominic ‘Dom’ Toretto, played by Vin Diesel.
Apparently, it was just mere speculation at that time as latest reports have it that it is going to be award-winning actress Charlize Theron who is going to play the biggest and baddest villain of “Fast & Furious 8,” reports Collider.
Theron shall reportedly play the role of Cipher and it seems that she will exceed the meanness level of Deckard Shaw and all the other villains of the franchise. Shaw might even become part of Toretto’s group in the eighth installment of the successful action film franchise.
Charlize Theron is also very good in action movies as she recently shown in the epic film “Mad Max Fury Road” which got nominated for this year’s Oscars in several categories.
The first week of filming in Cuba
Incidentally, a new behind-the-scenes video of the “Fast & Furious 8” team was released online showing the big stars of the movie all in one room along with director F. Gary Gray one week after their historic filming in Cuba beginning last month.
The new video shows Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Kurt Russell, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, Tyrese Gibson, Nathalie Emmanuel, and Ludacris. The video also showed Scott Eastwood and Jason Statham.
In addition to Charlize Theron, reports have it that Kristofer Hivju will also be joining the cast of “Fast & Furious 8” as well as Lucas Black, who is expected to reprise his Sean Boswell role during the third installment of the franchise entitled “Fast & Furious: Tokyo Drift.”
The group is seen in the video in some kind of headquarters where they seemed to be deliberating on their next big plan. “Fast & Furious 8” shall reportedly shift the focus of the franchise away from a heist film to a spy caper, following a similar change in focus from street racing in “Fast Five,” notes Screen Rant.
After filming in Cuba, the gang shall reportedly proceed to Atlanta and New York City, which is going to be the main setting of the film.
“Fast & Furious 8” will be the first of the concluding trilogy to be released on April 17, 2017. “Fast & Furious 9” is expected to hit theaters on April 19, 2019, and “Fast & Furious 10” shall be hitting cinemas on April 2, 2021.
Vintage American cars in Cuba
With filming of the eighth installment of the “Fast & Furious” action film franchise already ongoing in the island country of Cuba in Central America, the production needed some fast cars.
However, those beautiful modern-day fast sports cars were not available for the photo shoot so the production team simply opted with Cuba’s storied collection of American cars.
“Fast & Furious 8” officially became the first American studio film to shoot in Cuba since the US placed an embargo in Fidel Castro’s homeland back in the 60s.
The “Fast & Furious” franchise is famous for featuring and also destroying some of the world’s fastest and most exotic cars. In the case of their current filming in Havana, Cuba’s capital, the film has decided to immortalize some of the oldest Detroit iron found in the country.
Filming in Cuba reportedly included the country’s 1950s vintage Chevrolets, Cadillacs, and other classic American cars.