Production on Fast & Furious 8 has undergone a striking location shift. When last we checked in with the highly anticipated sequel, filming was underway in Cuba on what proved to be a historic shoot—the first Hollywood film to shoot in Cuba since before the embargo. But now, director F. Gary Gray (Straight Outta Compton) has moved to a rather chilly locale for the next setup, as a new official Fast & Furious 8 set video shows off the production’s Iceland set piece.
Yes indeed, for the first time ever the Fast & Furious franchise is going snowbound, and it certainly looks to be providing some serious production value. In fact, there’s a bit of a Mad Max vibe in this here production video as we see a bevy of military vehicles chasing down the Fast & Furious crew’s ill-equipped cars, all set against the stark and icy backdrop of the snow-covered country. There’s also a slight Die Another Day vibe here, but one imagines that’s one comparison the Fast & Furious crew wants to avoid at all costs.
This sequel certainly looks to be the largest-in-scope Fast & Furious movie yet, and it brings to mind those reports from a few years back when Universal was considering switching up the genre of the franchise from car-centric actioner to heist film. That was on the heels of the excellent Fast Five, but from the looks of things in Fast 8, the car action is still very much a vital piece of this long-running series.
Gray landed the highly coveted directing gig fresh off helming his most critically acclaimed film yet, Straight Outta Compton, and I’m curious to see what he brings to the series having delved into the car-action genre before with The Italian Job.
For now, take a look at the Fast & Furious 8 set video below. The film stars Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Charlize Theron, Dwayne Johnson, Nathalie Emmanuel, Ludacris, Jason Statham, and Kurt Russell. Fast & Furious 8 opens in theaters on April 14, 2017.