Filming for the “Fast & Furious 8” is now ongoing in Iceland and it just 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 in Iceland and the production was using 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, notes Jalopnik.
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.
How it happened
According to Cinema Blend, Jupiter was innocently grazing nearby when the winds picked up a piece of fake iceberg and slammed into the animal.
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.
In the most recent movie of Jackie Chan titled “Skiptrace,” the movie suffered a major tragedy when the film’s cinematographer died while on the set.
Returning to the franchise
Meanwhile, the last time that Lucas Black became part of the “Fast & Furious” franchise was during its third installment titled “The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift” where he was the protagonist along with Korean actor Sung Kang, who until the end of “Fast & Furious 6” played Han Seoul-Oh in the series.
However, unlike Sung Kang, who eventually moved on to the next three installments of the franchise, Black never made it out of the “Tokyo Drift” film.
But latest casting reports for “Fast & Furious 8” now indicate that Lucas Black will be taken back into the franchise to sort of fill for the absence of the late Paul Walker, who shall no longer be coming back to the movie series for obvious reason.
Black will reprise his role as Sean Boswell. Back in “The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift,” Sean was a 17-year-old high school student and an American expat living in Tokyo.
He was a troublemaker with a talent for auto mechanics who makes friends with Twinkie, Neela, and Han Seoul-Oh, who later on becomes his mentor.
Apart from the cars and the racing plotline, what gave the “Tokyo Drift” the signature “Fast & Furious” mark is no other than Vin Diesel himself, who played a cameo role in the movie as Dominic ‘Dom’ Toretto.
It would be exciting to see another returning face to the franchise following reports that Eva Mendes shall also be returning to reprise her role as Customs agent Monica Fuentes. Mendes was last seen during the second and fifth movies of the franchise in bit roles.
However, until the producers or somebody who is privy to the production of “Fast & Furious 8” confirms the return of Lucas Black, everything is speculation at this point and should be taken with a fine grain of salt.