The crew for the action film is doing second-unit production in the city.
The stars of Fast 8 like Vin Diesel and Michelle Rodriguez have been in sunny Cuba recently to film the upcoming automotive action extravaganza, but the second-unit crew has had to make due with Cleveland, Ohio. These folks are responsible for shots without the big-name actors. Now, they are turning the Midwestern city into a playground for car stunts.
The video above shows the crew rolling a vehicle out of the sixth floor of a parking garage onto the cars below. According to Cleveland.com, people have also reported seeing stunt drivers practicing in the parking lot of a local mall.
The action will move to downtown Cleveland’s streets on May 18, and the second-unit crew will shut down several major roads to film the action scenes. The city police will also be there to direct traffic and control any crowds that arrive to watch the stunts.
Cleveland won’t likely be among the Fast 8’s exotic settings. Instead, these second-unit shots will probably act as a stand-in for a more expensive locale. Rumors suggest some of the film’s action might take place in Manhattan. If that’s true, Cleveland would be a cheaper place to get the less-important shots.
Fast 8 will arrive in theaters in the U.S. on April 14, 2017. It will include new faces to the franchise like Charlize Theron as a villain and Scott Eastwood as a protégé to Kurt Russell’s Mr. Nobody.