‘Fast & Furious 8’ Will Definitely Not Include Paul’s Brothers Cody and Caleb, Confirms NBC Universal Pictures!

Universal Studios has recently come out to debunk speculations that Paul Walker’s brothers Cody and Caleb would be part of the eighth installment of the “Fast & Furious” movie franchise and would play as possible stand-ins to their late brother.

It could be recalled that Cody stood in on some of the scenes for Paul during the filming of the “Fast & Furious 7.”

The inclusion of Cody and Caleb in the casting rumors of “Fast & Furious 8” began when speculations also came out that the next iteration of the very popular and successful movie franchise will feature Paul Walker again just like in “Fast & Furious 7.”

However, a top executive of NBC Universal Pictures has quashed those speculations. Ron Meyer, NBC Universal Vice Chairman, confirmed that Paul Walker will not be seen in the upcoming eighth installment of the popular movie franchise, quashing inaccurate speculations that the late actor will be seen reprising his Brian O’Conner character via CGI or another stand-in from his brother Cody, and perhaps Caleb too.

In a recent interview, Meyer said that Paul will not be in “Fast & Furious 8” but the actor’s character will be represented in some form or another, notes Movieweb.

Whether his image is in the movie or not, Meyer refuses to say. However, he stated for the record that Paul will not be in the film as a performer or as an actor the way they did it the last time.

Meyer said that the next movie will still be “Fast & Furious” but it will be without Paul for the first time.

Filming in Iceland too

There were previous reports that “Fast & Furious 8” will be filmed in New York City for the very first time in the series.

Eventually, speculations also started coming out that some of the scenes of the movie will be filmed in Cuba.

Vin Diesel has announced late last year the entry of Director F. Gary Gray for “Fast & Furious 8” who shall reportedly take place in New York and possibly Cuba.

The possible shooting of the film in Cuba would usher for the franchise another history. “Fast & Furious 8” could be the second Hollywood movie to shoot in Cuba since the United States imposed a ban on any relations with the Caribbean island nation since the 1960s.

Reports have it that Director Gray has already gone to Cuba recently to arrange necessary paperwork to gain permission for shooting.

Universal Pictures confirmed through an official press statement that they are currently seeking approval from the US and Cuban governments to explore shooting a portion of the next installment of the “Fast & Furious” film franchise in Cuba.

However, the latest reports seem to indicate that the film will also be shot in Akranes, a small town in West Iceland. In fact, reports also have it that film crew are due to arrive in the place this coming April, reports Reykjavik Grapevine.

It was actually Akranes Mayor Regina Asvaldsdottir who publicly told local reporters that her town is interested in hosting the filming of “Fast & Furious 8.”

The reports also have it that the filming in Iceland shall have one of the largest explosions ever detonated in the country. As to whether all the cast members of the “Fast & Furious” franchise will be coming to Iceland to do scenes there has yet to be confirmed but it seems clear that there will be part of the movie which shall be filmed in the country.

The movie series has filmed in different locations around the world in the course of seven films including the Canary Islands, Rio de Janeiro, Tokyo, Abu Dhabi, and London.

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The final trilogy

“Fast & Furious 8” is the beginning of the final trilogy to end the franchise on a very successful and high note. It is expected to hit theaters on April 14, 2017.

However, as a cash cow that it is, reports have it that the producers are seriously contemplating of coming out with spinoffs and prequels to the franchise.

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