‘Fast and Furious 8’ eyes shoot in Cuba to become first major studio production since embargo set in ‘60s

The filmmakers behind ‘Fast & Furious 8’ are reportedly considering a drive to Cuba for a locale.

The Fast and Furious franchise is known for globetrotting to some of the world’s most exotic and exciting locations, taking stars Vin Diesel, Tyrese Gibson, Michelle Rodriguez, Ludacris and the late Paul Walker from the streets of Los Angeles to Japan to London and Abu Dhabi.

But the eighth installment could potential send the racing action series to a place rarely explored by Hollywood films: Cuba.

Sources say Fast and Furious 8’s director F. Gary Gray recently returned from a scouting trip that included the previously-embargoed nation as part of professional research trip. Sources say the production has moved forward with the paperwork to shoot there, making it the first Hollywood studio film to shoot on the island since the embargo was set in the 1960s.

“Universal Pictures is currently in the process seeking approval from the United States and Cuban governments to explore shooting a portion of the next installment of the Fast & Furious series in Cuba,” said a statement from the studio.

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