Vin Diesel in Edinburgh Filming Fast & Furious 9
WINDOW JUMPING, EXPLOSIVE STUNTS & CAR COLLISIONS FOR HOLLYWOOD BLOCKBUSTER
The streets in and around Edinburgh, Scotland have been subject to a series of show stopping events over the past few days, and no, we’re not talking about the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. We are in fact talking about one of Hollywood’s hottest blockbuster franchises: Fast & Furious.
As the film crew prepared to shoot the 9th film in the franchise, more than 20 streets and main roads around the city (including popular tourist attractions like the Royal Mile and George Street) have been blocked off until shooting is complete. Fans and onlookers have been gathering around these locations however trying to catch a glimpse of the stars and of course, the supercars.
Star of the movie Vin Diesel amused fans with a little sing-song of Flower of Scotland just the other day. Umbrella in hand, the 52 year old actor belted out the chants of old whilst pumping up the crowd and, needless to say, everyone seemed more than happy to join in – we Scots just can’t resist our own tunes. It would appear that the cast and crew are enjoying their time in Scotland on this shoot as they take pictures with fans, pose for the film cameras and take in all that the city has to offer.
Plans are set in motion for a “small stunt” on Monday 23rd September as residents at a prestigious Edinburgh location were given written warning that the street would be completely blocked off for the scene. Now, if we have learned anything from the Fast & Furious movies, it is that no stunt is ever “small”. The scene is said to involve a high-speed chase and potential collision. Pedestrians have been advised to avoid the area until filming has subsided.
Despite all of the disruption, this is a very exciting time for the Scottish film industry and keeps us on the world film location map. We can’t wait to see what part Edinburgh will play in the movie when it is released in cinemas in May next year.