Fast 8 will be shooting in Cuba

Fast 8 will be shooting in Cuba

Looks like Dominic Toretto and his racing crew are officially headed to Cuba for Fast 8.

It’s been decades since a Hollywood studio shot on the island, but as U.S. relations with Cuba warm, Hollywood has begun to dip its toes in again and test the possibilities. Conan O’Brien journeyed there in March to make Conan the first late-night show to shoot on the island post-embargo.

In 2014, Bob Yari’s Papa: Hemingway in Cuba became the first Hollywood indie to do the same. And now, another milestone arrives as tweets confirm that Fast 8 will be the first Hollywood studio movie to film on the island post-embargo. On Wednesday night, the Fast and Furious Twitter account shared a warm welcome from some of the latest installment’s local extras.

So, does this make Vin Diesel the American studio-film industry’s ambassador to Cuba? Is he ready for that kind of responsibility? From the looks of things, he’s chill as ever. And given how things are going, why shouldn’t he be? In addition to the film’s historic achievement, the movie will bring Straight Outta Compton director F. Gary Gray into the mix.

On top of his recent critically and commercially successful biopic, Gray also directed 2003’s The Italian Job, which, on top of its awesome Mini Cooper chase scene, also starred Charlize Theron, who will also be starring in Fast 8. Following her recent turn as an action hero in Mad Max: Fury Road, Theron might be the most exciting element of the whole project—especially as she’s slated to play the villain.

In addition to Theron, Scott Eastwood will be the other new-coming actor to join all the returning alums when the movie comes out on April 14, 2017: Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, and Kurt Russell are all coming back. In an Instagram post, Diesel himself gave a hint about what’s to come in the new installment, saying, “We’re in Cuba, where the Torettos started. … It’s Dom Toretto, back in his homeland.” Welcome home, Toretto.

Guardians of the Galaxy is the highest-grossing movie of 2014

Guardians of the Galaxy

This Labor Day weekend, Guardians of the Galaxy leads the box office and makes a record amount of money.

Topping the charts this Labor Day weekend, Guardians of the Galaxy not only outperformed at the box office, but it became the highest-grossing film this year with US total sales estimated at $247.6 million.

Only in theaters for a month now, the Marvel film pulled in $16 million on what was expected to be slow holiday box office. As the top performing movie of the year, the budget was $170 million in comparison to the over $270 million that it ranked in. It seems like people can’t get enough of this superhero film with Chris Pratt.

Bringing competition to the Marvel film, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles remain in second place with an estimated weekend domestic total of almost $12 million. So far the Ninja Turtles have brought in a total of about $162.5 million, making it come in over the budget of $125 million.

In third place, If I Stay brought in an estimated $9.2 million this weekend. After its first weekend at $16 million, Chloe Grace Moretz is drawing in the audience with her role as a young girl who has an out-of-body experience after a car accident leaves her in a coma.

A new movie, As Above/So Below, debuted at fourth place with around $8.2 million this weekend. The thriller is about a team of explorers that venture into the catacombs that lie beneath the streets of Paris. Haunted by visions and creatures, they must fight to survive.

Let’s Be Cops is still making the top five this weekend. Dropping to fifth place from fourth last week, the comedy with Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr. as a fake police duo earned around $8.2 million this weekend. In its 3 weeks, the film has grossed $57 million domestically.

Here are the remaining films that made this weekend’s top 10.

6. The November Man, a new release, at $7.6 million
7. When The Game Stands Tall at $5.6 million
8. The Giver at $5.2 million
9. The Hundred Foot Journey at $4.6 milliochris
10. The Expendables 3 at $3.5 million