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The Fate of the Furious (alternatively known as Fast & Furious 8) is an upcoming 2017 American action film directed by F. Gary Gray and written by Chris Morgan. It is the eighth installment in The Fast and the Furious franchise. The film will star Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Christian Bale, Tyrese Gibson, Chris Bridges, Mariah Milano, Nathalie Emmanuel, Kurt Russell, Charlize Theron and Helen Mirren.

The Fate of the Furious marks the first film of the franchise other than The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006) not to star Paul Walker, who died in a single-vehicle crash on November 30, 2013 during the filming of Furious 7 (2015).[1]

Plans for an eighth installment were first announced in March 2015 when Diesel appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and announced that the film would be set in New York City. Preparations for the film began immediately after the release of Furious 7 with Diesel, Morgan and producer Neal H. Moritz re-signing. After setting an initial release date in the same month, casting took place between April and June 2015. In October 2015, Gray, best known for directing Straight Outta Compton (2015), was announced to direct the film in the place of James Wan, who had directed the previous film. Principal photography began in March 2016 in locations such as Mývatn, Havana, Atlanta, Cleveland and New York City, continuing the franchise's tradition of filming in different locations around the world.

The film is scheduled to be released on April 14, 2017.[2]

Plot

Now that Dom and Letty are on their honeymoon and Brian and Mia have retired from the game, and the rest of the crew has been exonerated, the team has found a semblance of a normal life. But when a mysterious woman seduces Dom into a world of crime he can't seem to escape, causing him to betray those closest to him, they will face trials that will test them as never before.[3]

Cast

For more details on the characters, see List of The Fast and the Furious characters.

  • Vin Diesel as Dominic Toretto, a former criminal and professional street racer who has retired and settled down with his wife, Letty.
  • Dwayne Johnson as Luke Hobbs, a DSS agent who allied with Dom and his team after their outings in Rio de Janeiro and Europe.
  • Michelle Rodriguez as Letty Ortiz, Dom's wife and a professional street racer.
  • Christian Bale as Nick Conan, a member of Dom's team.
  • Tyrese Gibson as Roman Pearce, a member of Dom's team.
  • Chris Bridges as Tej Parker, a mechanic from Miami and a member of Dom's team.
  • Mariah Milano as Danielle Carmen, Dom's childhood friend and a member of Dom's team.
  • Lucas Black as Sean Boswell, a professional street racer based in Tokyo.
  • Kurt Russell as Frank Petty, the leader of a covert ops team who aided Dom and his team in taking down Shaw in Abu Dhabi.
  • Jason Statham as Deckard Shaw, a rogue special forces assassin imprisoned by Dom and the DSS after his defeat in Los Angeles.
  • Elsa Pataky as Elena Neves, a DSS agent and former Rio police officer who moved to the United States to become Hobbs' new partner at the DSS.
  • Nathalie Emmanuel as Ramsey, a computer hacktivist and a member of Dom's team.
  • Scott Eastwood as a law enforcement agent.
  • Charlize Theron as Cipher.
  • Kristofer Hivju as Cipher's henchman.

Production

Development

Following the release of Furious 7 (2015), Vin Diesel said regarding a possible sequel:

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Diesel further hinted at an eighth film on Jimmy Kimmel Live! when he stated that Kurt Russell's character had been introduced in a role that would span multiple films. He also stated that the film would take place in New York City.[4] Chris Morgan will write his sixth script in the franchise, while Neal H. Moritz returns to produce the film. Moritz later stated, "[The story] is going to have to be something enticing for all of us. It has to be as good as or better [than Furious 7]".[5]

At the 2015 CinemaCon in Las Vegas, Diesel announced the film for an April 14, 2017, release date.[6][7] On August 16, 2015, at the 2015 Teen Choice Awards (where Furious 7 received the award for Choice Movie – Action and Walker received the award for Choice Movie Actor – Action), Diesel announced that the film would be titled Fast 8.[8] In September 2015, Diesel stated that the script had almost been completed[9] and expressed interest in Rob Cohen, who directed the first film, to direct Fast 8.[10] On October 14, 2015, Diesel announced on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon that Straight Outta Compton director F. Gary Gray would direct the film.[11][12]

In July 2015, Moritz said that Walker's character, Brian O'Conner, would not appear in the film, following the use of CGI in the previous film after Walker died in a single-vehicle accident on November 30, 2013, with Moritz stating that his character had "moved on".[13] It had previously been reported that Paul's younger brother, Cody Walker, would either join the cast in a new role[14] or replace his older brother in the role of O'Conner,[15] however, it was later confirmed that he would not be returning to the franchise.[16] Moritz also said that the film would shift the focus of the franchise from a series of heist films to a spy caper, following a similar change in focus from street racing in Fast Five (2011).[17]

Casting

Diesel, Russell, and Michelle Rodriguez were the first to confirm their involvement in the film, and Tyrese Gibson and Chris Bridges both confirmed their return soon after,[18] with Lucas Black having already signed on to reprise his role from The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift as Sean Boswell for Furious 7, and two more installments in September 2013.[19] In May 2015, Dwayne Johnson confirmed his involvement in the film, additionally hinting at a possible spin-off film involving his character, Luke Hobbs.[20] Jason Statham also confirmed his return.[21]

In April 2016, Charlize Theron and Kristofer Hivju were confirmed as additions to the cast in villainous roles,[22][23] while Scott Eastwood also joined the cast as a law enforcement agent.[24] On May 17, 2016, Diesel posted a photo on his Instagram page of himself and Elsa Pataky on set, indicating that she had also returned for the film,[25] and was followed two days later by a video on set with Nathalie Emmanuel, who also starred in the previous film.[26] In June 2016, Helen Mirren announced in an interview with Elle that she will be appearing in the film.[27]

On July 11, 2016, Don Omar tweeted that he and Tego Calderon will be returning to the franchise for the eighth picture.[28]

Filming

In keeping with the franchise's penchant for filming in "exotic" locations, such as Dubai and Rio de Janeiro, in January 2016 it was announced that Universal was seeking approval from the United States and Cuban governments to shoot the film in Cuba.[29][30] Principal photography began on March 14, 2016, in Mývatn, Iceland,[31][32] where strong winds sent a plastic iceberg prop flying into a paddock and striking two horses. One was wounded and the other mortally injured; it was later euthanized.[33] In late-April, filming began in Cuba's capital city Havana.[34][35][36] In May, filming also took place in Cleveland, Ohio.[37][38] Franchise cinematographer, Stephen F. Windon, was confirmed to return for the eighth installment.[39]

Filming is also scheduled to take place in Atlanta and New York later in the year.[40]

Trivia

  • The movie will be set in New York City. It has also been suggested that the movie will honor Paul Walker's wish by going back to more street racing instead of relying on special effects and huge action sequences.
  • At CinemaCon 2015, Vin Diesel announced Furious 8 for an April 14, 2017 release date.
  • Vin Diesel who plays the character Dominic Toretto, hinted in an interview while backstage at the 2015 MTV Movie Awards that Furious 8 would be set in New York. He continued by saying Furious 7 (2015) was for Paul and 'Furious 8' will be from Paul. This is because before the tragic passing of Paul Walker, he told Vin that 'Furious 8' was guaranteed to be made.
  • Actor Vin Diesel and Ludacris posted on their Instagram accounts, an image for "Fast and Furious 8" with the backdrop of New York City, hinting at the new setting for the franchise. This will be the first time a Fast and Furious film will take place in NYC.
  • Dwayne Johnson has announced that he will return for Fast and Furious 8.
  • Eva Mendes is rumored to be returning as Agent Fuentes in 'Fast and Furious 8'.
  • The studio has revealed that Kurt Russell will have a much larger role in this film.
  • Jason Statham confirmed in an interview that he had been invited back to star in Furious 8 and that some parts of the film have already been written.
  • Charlize Theron is rumored to be the main villain in "Fast 8", this is the first main villain played by a female in the "Fast & Furious" franchise.
  • Lucas Black is rumored to reprise his role of Sean Boswell from The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006).
  • A week before filming ended, Dwayne Johnson had a secret meeting with co-star and executive producer Vin Diesel to address personal and professional issues between the two. This happened after Diesel reportedly canceled some of Johnson's planned scenes at the last minute. On several occasions, Diesel also reportedly refused to show up to the set as he was scheduled, leaving hundreds of cast, crew & extras waiting on set for him for more than six hours. In response to this, Dwayne posted on Instagram: "This is my final week of shooting #FastAndFurious8. There's no other franchise that gets my blood boiling more than this one. An incredible hard working crew. Universal has been great partners as well. My female co-stars are always amazing and I love 'em. My male co-stars however are a different story. Some conduct themselves as stand up men and true professionals, while others don't. The ones that don't are too chicken shit to do anything about it anyway. Candy asses. When you watch this movie next April and it seems like I'm not acting in some of these scenes and my blood is legit boiling - you're right. Bottom line is it'll play great for the movie and fits this Hobbs character that's embedded in my DNA extremely well. The producer in me is happy about this part. Final week on Fast 8 and I'll finish strong. ;/ #IcemanCometh #F8 #ZeroToleranceForCandyAsses" Diesel confronted Johnson in a secret meeting, the day after Dwayne's message was posted online. However, they were not able to resolve their issues.
  • This will be the first Hollywood movie to be shot in Cuba.
  • A big action sequence will be shot in Iceland in April 2016. It will be supposedly the biggest explosion scene ever filmed in Iceland.
  • During an interview, Vin Diesel talked about the possibility of filming in Egypt for Furious 8.
  • On July 26, 2016, Vin Diesel announced on his official Facebook page in a twelve and a half minute video that: "The Trailer For Fast 8 Will Premiere on December 11, 2016 in New York City's Time Square, New York, United States of America".
  • Charlize Theron and Jason Statham both starred as protagonists in The Italian Job (2003) whereas in Fast & Furious 8 (2017) they star as antagonists. Both films are directed by F. Gary Gray.
  • F. Gary Grey previously directed Vin Diesel in A Man Apart (2003), both Jason Statham and Charlize Theron in The Italian Job (2003) and Dwayne Johnson in Be Cool (2005). Now he reunites with them as the director of the latest installment of the franchise Fast 8 (2017).
  • Vin Diesel announced on the Tonight Show that Furious 8 will be set in New York.
  • F. Gary Gray was pick over Louis Leterrier, William Eubank and Adam Wingard to direct the film. Ericson Core who was the cinematographer on the first film was also considered as well.
  • Lucas Black and Tyrese Gibson starred together in Legion (2010).
  • Michelle Rodriguez and Charlize Theron second time working together since Battle in Seattle.
  • Nathalie Emmanuel and Kristofer Hivju both star in Game of Thrones (2011).
  • 3rd film in the Fast & Furious franchise that will not feature Paul Walker after Tokyo Drift (2006) and Los Banderolos due to Walker's death in a single vehicle crash on November 30, 2013

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