After visiting London, Tokyo, Rio and a couple of other major cities around the world, the next stop on the Fast and Furious crew’s list is Havana, Cuba.
In a new international spot for the eighth movie in the franchise, The Fate of the Furious, the street racing seen in the streets of Malecon — a seaside, picturesque promenade in Havana — takes center stage. It’s a mixture of old cars and modern technology set against the backdrop of a city that seems to have been frozen in time.
While they were filming the movie, Universal Pictures released snippets of the crew’s time in Havana. The Fate of the Furious is one of the first major blockbusters to shoot in Cuba following the United States’ agreement with Cuba to restore its full relations.
The spot also gives us a little more insight into what’s going on with Dom (Vin Diesel), Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) and newcomer Cipher (Charlize Theron). In the first trailer, it was revealed that Dom and Cipher were in some kind of partnership — perhaps even a romantic one — and the patriarchal figure of the family had turned his back on those closest to him. It didn’t make any sense at the time, and while the new spot doesn’t explicitly explain what happened to make Dom turn his back, we do learn he’s in Cuba with Letty as part of their honeymoon.
It’s also where he meets Cipher, apparently, and the city acts as a turning point for Dom in the film.
The Fate of the Furious, which marks the first movie without Paul Walker following the actor’s death in 2013, will be released on April 14.