8th Chapter in the "Fast & Furious" Saga to Cleveland; Oscar Winner Joins Cast

8th Chapter in the "Fast & Furious" Saga to Cleveland; Oscar Winner Joins Cast

Ohio has landed the eighth chapter in the FAST AND FURIOUS saga, FAST 8, which will shoot second unit photography in Cleveland throughout May and June. And the franchise has landed quite an addition to its cast this time around...

On the heels of the $1.5 billion FURIOUS 7, Vin Diesel leads the returning cast as "Dominic Toretto" in the next chapter of one of the most popular and enduring motion-picture serials of all time, which is set to release on April 14, 2017. While the plot of FAST 8 is still unknown, Neal H. Moritz, Michael Fottrell and Diesel return as producers, and F. Gary Gray (STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON) comes on board to direct. In a surprising turn, OscarĀ® winner Charlize Theron joins the returning cast of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, and other members of the "Toretto crew" from past installments of the "Fast & Furious" franchise.

"We are very excited to welcome FAST 8 to Cleveland," said Greater Cleveland Film Commission President Ivan Schwarz. "This is yet another example of what an attractive production destination Cleveland has become. We'd like to thank the State of Ohio, the City of Cleveland and Cuyahoga County for working with us and the production to make this happen."

During production, it is expected that FAST 8 will create more than 380 direct jobs for Ohioans, book more than 8,200 room nights and engage over 200 Ohio businesses for a range of goods and services, including equipment rentals and supplies for lighting, construction and props, site rental fees, production vehicle rentals, food purchases, office rentals, warehouse fees and security services.

It's always exciting to see state tax incentive programs bringing jobs to the Midwest production community. As FAST 8 heads into production, I'll keep you posted!

Mike McNamara is the Co-Founder of The Midwest Independent Film Festival, www.midwestfilm.org. Mike pays his rent as an actor in Chicago in theatre, commercials, television and film. More from Mac at www.findmac.com.