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Fast & Furious 8 looking to shoot in Cuba

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After staging action set pieces in international locales including Rio de Janeiro, Dubai, Tokyo, and the Canary Islands, the globetrotting Fast & Furious franchise has set its sights on a new destination: Cuba.

A spokesman for Universal Pictures confirmed to EW that the studio is “currently in the process of 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.”

If the plan works out, the eighth chapter in the high-octane series about a crew of street racers who occasionally save the world would be the first major studio film to shoot on the island.

The news, which was first reported by Variety, comes about a year after the U.S. and Cuba began to normalize diplomatic relations after 50 years of acrimony.

F. Gary Gray (Straight Outta Compton) is on board to direct the next Furious film, which returning star and face-of-the-franchise Vin Diesel has said will be partially set in “New York, baby!”

Diesel also has said the movie will be the first in a trilogy bringing the series to a close. (Except for spin-offs, maybe?) The movie is scheduled to hit theaters April 17, 2017.

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