Vin Diesel and Michelle Rodriguez Head to Cuba for 'Fast 8'
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Mark Murphy isn't the only one having fun in Cuba. The folks from "The Fast & the Furious 8" are currently making history in Cuba as the first major Hollywood production to film there since the U.S established the embargo against Cuba in 1960.
A few other productions have also taken advantage of the friendlier relations with the Caribbean island nation, including Conan O'Brien who taped an episode of his show there, the Showtime series "House of Lies," and the independent film "Papa Hemingway in Cuba" which was shot entirely in Cuba, but "Fast 8" is the first high-profile movie to set up shop in Cuba since the 1950s.
The "Fast & Furious" Twitter account announced the start of production with a video featuring the movie's director, F. Gary Gray, surrounded by more than a dozen women who say, in unison, “’Fast & Furious’ welcome to Cuba."
Stars Vin Diesel and Michelle Rodriguez also took to social media to share their appreciation for the Cuban culture. In one post Diesel acknowledges he is "in a place nobody thought would be possible - Havana, Cuba." He also teased a bit of the plot, adding, "We're in Cuba, where the Torettos started. It's Fast 8. It's Dom Toretto here. Back in his home, home, homeland!" This has led many fans to believe "Fast 8" will focus on his character's backstory.
Rodriguez also shared several images she's captured on location, adding, "I love the people here such a warm culture full of life n good vibes...Kind of hoping they keep this amazing energy forever, it's so cool to see how creative everyone is, how the culture loves their elders, people seem to live long lives here..."
According to Havana Times, “'Fast 8' has spent several days filming on "the traditional seaside promenade-avenue of Havana, known as the Malecon." the strip was reportedly used as race track for a chase scene that will be featured prominently in the film. Cuba's classic cars will also make an appearance in the movie. Last week, Diesel and Rodriquez were spotted filming in a vintage 1957 Mercury Turnpike Cruiser while throngs of fans watched the action.
Cuba isn't the first exotic location to be featured in the "Fast & Furious" film series. Over the course of the first seven movies the cast and crew traveled to Rio, Dubai, Panama, the Canary Islands, Hong Kong and Tokyo, among other locations. Of course, Cuba isn't the only location that will be used for “Fast 8” either. The movie has already filmed scenes in Iceland and will next be headed to Cleveland, Atlanta and New York City.
Though “Fast 8” will spend a couple of weeks in Cuba, the movie's other stars, including Dwayne Johnson, Ludacris, Jason Statham, Kurt Russell, Tyrese Gibson and series newcomers Charlize Theron and Scott Eastwood, aren't expected to be a part of the shoot.
If you want to see exactly what Vin and Michelle have been up to in Cuba, you'll have to wait until “Fast 8” hits the big screen in April 2017.
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