The Fast and the Furious to return to Scotland for filming ahead of new movie

Hollywood car race franchise The Fast and the Furious will return to Scotland to shoot stunt scenes for the latest movie in the series.

A crew is expected to arrive in Glasgow next month when they will film parts of the ninth movie in the multi-billion-pound action favourite.

Their arrival is a further boost for the country’s burgeoning film sector, which has hosted a string of big-budget productions.

It will be the third time Universal Studios executives have picked Glasgow for action scenes. They first shot sequences in 2012 at night on Cadogan Street and in the Broomielaw. Film crews arrived again for spin-off movie Hobbs & Shaw last year.

A sports car races through Glasgow during the filming of Hobbs & Shaw



On each occasion, a team of more than 200 people were based in the city and generated millions of pounds for the economy.

A source said: “The production crew is familiar with local film workers and locations and they trust them – so that’s why they’re arranging to come back.

“It’s also more cost-effective to close the roads for a few days and film in Glasgow than it is in London, LA or New York.

“The centre of Glasgow’s superb architecture also looks the part. It’s a big boost.”

A Mclaren sports car speeds down a foot bridge in Glasgow

The Fast and the Furious series centres on illegal street racing and the world of espionage and stars Vin Diesel.

The eight films so far are estimated to have grossed about £4billion. It is understood a crew will return for a week.

Streets surrounding Glasgow’s George Square were cordoned off last October as cast members, including Idris Elba, filmed car and bike chases through the city for Hobbs & Shaw.

It was revealed this month that filming helped boost the city’s economy by almost £20million last year. The figure was up by a quarter on the year before.

Film work is estimated to have generated more than £320million since the city council’s Glasgow Film Office was created in 1997. We told last month how Amazon Studios executives have scouted Scotland as the set for the most expensive TV show in history.

The online giant struck a deal to make the £1billion Lord of the Rings prequel, with work set to start this year.

Idris Elba on set in George Square while filming scenes for the new Fast and the Furious movie


Arts development group Creative Scotland described the country as “a very appealing place for filmmakers”.

We also told in December that Netflix executives are in talks about a major TV spin-off to movie Outlaw King.

It was revealed on Friday that the number of Scots film companies has risen by 66 per cent in the last decade.

Last year, there were 400 film and video firms, up from 240 in 2008.

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