Those of you that were enthralled by Dominic Toretto and his rambunctious gang’s previous antics, know that it’s going to take something special for Fast And Furious 8 to eclipse its predecessor. But that’s also part of the thrill of Fast 8’s production and return, too. In looking to better Furious 7, the cast and crew have been filming in Iceland, and the last production video from the shoot suggests that it’s going to, somehow, topple everything that the franchise has done before.
Is it just me, or was the action and stunts from this 47 second snippet of Fast 8 more enthralling and outrageous than most other full-blown trailers for blockbusters. For those of you that don’t know, Iceland is a quaint, beautiful and remote country that has a population of just 332,529 people. Fast 8’s production was always likely to jolt the country out of its quaint slumber, and the sight of speeding sports-cars skidding across their frozen roads while racing away from rollicking explosions has clearly done just that.
From the looks of things, Tyrese Gibson, who reprises his role as Roman Pearce in Fast 8 and is the only cast-member to appear in the video, and the rest of the Toretto crew find themselves involved in quite a battle and chase during their trek to the Nordic island. As you’d expect from the Fast & Furious franchise, this soon descends into all out vehicular warfare, which will almost certainly include death-defying stunts and maneuvers that have become the lynchpin of this increasingly improved franchise.
It’s going to be hard for Fast 8 to eclipse Furious 7’s $1.516 billion box office haul, as well as that film's largely positive reviews. But from the look of this quick clip, new director F. Gary Gray is going all out to take the latest installment to brand new, exotic locations that will undoubtedly give the film its own unique flavor.
As well as single-handedly trying to melt all of Iceland’s snow and glaciers, Fast 8 became the first film to ever shoot in Cuba at the end of April when cameras started rolling in Havana. Production is also due to take place in New York City later this year, too, meaning that Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel), Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson), Letty Ortiz (Michelle Rodriguez), Romance Pearce (Tyrese Gibson), and Tej Parker (Ludacris) could find themselves struck in traffic in Times Squares for a quarter of the film. Or they might instead drive up the side of the Statue Of Liberty before then doing doughnuts around the bases at Yankee Stadium. I think it’ll probably be closer to the latter.
We’ll see what Fast 8 can muster up when it finally revs into cinemas on April 14, 2017.