Fast 8 starts filming in Cuba
Fast 8, the latest in the Fast & Furious action franchise, has started filming in Cuba with stars Vin Diesel (pictured) and Michelle Rodriguez.
Directed by Straight Outta Compton filmmaker F Gary Gray, the movie is the largest to arrive on Cuban shores.
The production announcement comes days before the scheduled US release date of Papa: Hemingway in Cuba, which was the first Hollywood production to shoot on the island since the revolution of the late 1950s.
The US government still has a trade embargo in place for Cuba but relations between the two countries have thawed over the past year. America’s embassy re-opened in Havana last summer and in March this year Barack Obama became the first US president to visit Cuba since 1928.
Michael Pacino, a co-producer on Papa: Hemingway in Cuba, recently told KFTV he believed his movie’s long pre-production process helped smooth the way for Fast 8 to secure the relevant permits and permissions to film in Cuba.
The Fast & Furious franchise has, against the odds, become one of Universal’s most valuable properties, with the last movie alone making $1.5bn internationally. At least two more films will follow after Fast 8.
Exotic locations have quickly become a trademark of the series and Fast 8 is also scheduled to shoot in Iceland and New York.
For more on filming in Cuba see our production guide.
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