The Hollywood film Fast 8, the eighth of The Fast and the Furious action movies, will be partly shot in the West Iceland town of Akranes, about 45 km (28 miles) north of Reykjavík, Vísir reports. Mayor Regína Ásvaldsdóttir confirmed this. She told Vísir the film crew will be arriving in April.
Residents of Akranes received the news at their þorrablót gathering. “Surely, this is an extensive project and will affect retail and service in town,” Regína said. She claims residents are excited.
This won’t be the first time for Akranes to be the stage for filming. Part of the US science fiction web TV series Sense8 was shot at the town’s hospital. This time, shootings will mostly take place by the harbor and in the so-called Cement Fields.
Vísir reports the crew has plans to carry out the largest explosion ever in Iceland.
The Fast and the Furious films, have enjoyed great popularity, but the subject is mainly street racing . The latest such film, Furious 7, ranks sixth on record in ticket sales worldwide, grossing ISK 200 billion (USD 1,515 million, EUR 1,400 million).