Now that Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and Letty Ortiz (Michelle Rodriguez) are on their honeymoon, and Brian (Paul Walker) and Mia (Jordana Brewster) have retired from the game, and the rest of the crew has been exonerated, the globetrotting team has found a semblance of a normal life. But when a mysterious woman seduces Dom into the world of crime he can’t seem to escape, and a betrayal of those closest to him, they will face trials that will test them as never before. From the shores of Cuba and the streets of New York City to the icy plains off the arctic Barents Sea, the elite force will crisscross the globe to stop an anarchist from unleashing chaos on the world’s stage, and to bring home the man who made them a family.—harpreet phamber
A week before filming ended, Dwayne Johnson posted an infamous message on Instagram, confirming that the production had endured its share of on-set frictions: “This is my final week of shooting #FastAndFurious8. There’s no other series that gets my blood boiling more than this one. An incredible hard working crew. Universal has been great partners as well. My female co-stars are always amazing and I love ’em. My male co-stars however are a different story. Some conduct themselves as stand up men and true professionals, while others don’t. The ones that don’t are too chicken shit to do anything about it anyway. Candy asses. When you watch this movie next April and it seems like I’m not acting in some of these scenes and my blood is legit boiling – you’re right. Bottom line is it’ll play great for the movie and fits this Hobbs character that’s embedded in my DNA extremely well. The producer in me is happy about this part. Final week on Fast 8 and I’ll finish strong. ;/ #IcemanCometh #F8 #ZeroToleranceForCandyAsses”. The post came after co-star and executive producer Vin Diesel reportedly cancelled some of Johnson’s planned scenes at the last minute. On several occasions, Diesel had also reportedly refused to show up on-set as he was scheduled, leaving hundreds of cast, crew, and extras waiting on-set for him for more than six hours. Diesel confronted Johnson in a secret meeting one day after Dwayne’s message was posted on-line. Johnson later told The Hollywood Reporter that the meeting cleared up a few things. He confirmed that he and Diesel did not shoot scenes together because of “a fundamental difference in philosophies on how we approach filmmaking and collaborating”, but that he was “grateful for that clarity”. Although he did not provide details, it was later revealed that the announcement of Johnson’s spin-off movie Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) was one of the main reasons for Diesel’s behavior (as it would split up the series, and delay F9: The Fast Saga (2021)). Johnson stated that he would probably pass on Fast & Furious 9, but wished Diesel “all the best and I harbor no ill will there, just because of the clarity we have. Actually, you can erase that last part about ‘no ill will.’ We’ll just keep it with the clarity”.