The next “Fast & Furious” flick – that’s the eighth in the series, for those who’re counting – is before the cameras as we speak, and we’ve learnt how Dominic Toretto’s latest begins.
But before we ride towards spoiler territory, Cleveland.com is reporting that the film’s second unit is headed to Ohio to shoot some stuff. Apparently none of the film’s cast – which includes Vin Diesel, Tyrese, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Ludacris, Michelle Rodriguez, Lucas Black or Charlize Theron (said to be in talks to be the film’s rogue) – will be on deck for that.
Not dissimilar to Toretto’s entrance in “Fast 7”, the opening sequence in F.Gary Gray’s “Fast 8” guns for laughs – it has nothing much to do with the film’s central plot. But yep, it’s a ripper!
*** SPOILERS ****
We’re in Cuba. In the scene, Dom’s (Vin Diesel) younger cousin Fernando, a likeable chap in his 20s, is about to have his ride towed away by some thugs (led by a petrol-head named Raldo) — until his cuz and Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) step in. Apparently Fernando had made a deal with these guys to repair his car, but the former couldn’t pay the bill in time… so they’re taking the car as payment. Dom makes the shark an offer : They race, and if Dom loses, Raldo and his guys get to take Dom’s car (not his cousins) and if Dom wins, he gets Raldo’s ride. Raldo is all for it – so long as Dom drives the cousins’ beat up old Skyline not his own dependable ride. How can Dom beat Raldo, when the latter has the “fastest car on the island”? Simple : it’s not about the car, but who’s behind the wheel, we’re informed. Dom rips everything out of the car – including the radiator – and straps a propane tank (from a Barbecue) to it. Can you guess the rest?