Over the course of 14 years and 7 movies, the “Fast and Furious” franchise has taken Vin Diesel‘s Dom and his street racing crew to some of the most exotic and exciting locations in the world.

The places that have turned up in the film series include Los Angeles, Miami, Tokyo, Rio de Janeiro, and Abu Dhabi. Since the 8th film is currently in development, the crew is bound to visit some new locations.

Source: Collider
Source: Collider

In a report by Variety, Universal Pictures is in the midst of gaining permission to shoot a scene for the upcoming “Furious 8” in Cuba.

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This is also confirmed by The Hollywood Reporter as sources told the trade that “Straight Outta Compton” director F. Gary Gray, who is on board to helm the new “Furious” movie, recently returned from a location scouting trip that included Cuba.

In a statement, Universal said:

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.

Sources also told THR that the production has moved forward with the paperwork to shoot there, making “Furious 8” the first major Hollywood studio film to shoot on the island after the US embargo was lifted in late 2014.

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“Furious 7” in Abu Dhabi / Source: YouTube

Diesel is expected to return to the film alongside franchise regulars Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, and Chris “Ludacris” Bridges. Jason Statham, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Kurt Russell, Elsa Pataky, and Lucas Black are also expected to return to reprise their respective roles.

Earlier in April 2015, Diesel said that the film is set to take place in New York City and will begin filming in spring this year. Sources also told THR that production will also be based in Atlanta, Georgia. Several other exotic locations are being eyed as well, including Russia and Iceland.

Source: Indie Revolver
Source: Indie Revolver

The previous film, which included the final appearance by Paul Walker, earned a huge USD1.5billion worldwide.

“Furious 8” is set to be released on 14th April 2017.

Sources: Variety, THR via Coming Soon.

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