'Fast and Furious' news: Film eyeing Cuba setting; Paul Walker to appear 'in some form or the other'

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The eighth film of the “Fast and Furious” franchise will be coming next year, with rumors that it is eyeing Cuba as its setting.

Previously, the films have been in settings fit for car chases such as Dubai, London, Japan, and Los Angeles. Now, there are reports that it is looking into an exotic location as the filmmakers are exploring the possibility of having Cuba as the setting for “Fast and Furious 8.”

In an exclusive report from Variety, it revealed that Universal Pictures is currently looking into getting an approval from both the United States and Cuban governments to shoot a part of the movie in the said country.

In order to shoot at Cuba, the filmmakers will also need to secure a special permit, which is reportedly not easy to get. According to Hollywood Reporter, the paperwork from the treasury department of Cuba has not been approved for the film to shoot in spring at the moment.

No other huge movie such as the said franchise have done their set in Cuba aside from the indie film, “Papa,” because of the previous trade restrictions between the two countries. However, after the trade embargo was lifted last year, the movie franchise may have higher chance not only to film its movie in the country, but to strengthen the relationship of the two countries.

Meanwhile, the upcoming movie is also expected to get a “darker theme.” In addition, the late Paul Walker, who died in a tragic car accident in 2013, will also appear in the film’s eighth installment “in some form or another,” said NBC Universal vice-chairman Ron Meyer, noted Sky News.

He elaborated in the same report, “Paul won’t be in it, but he’ll be represented in some form or another, but whether his image is in it, I can’t tell you yet, but he won’t be in the film as a performer, as an actor, the way we did it last time.”

Meyer also clarified that the movie will still be “Fast and Furious,” just without Paul Walker.

“Fast and Furious 8” is expected in theatres on April 14, 2017.