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In today’s edition of Sequel Bits:

  • Fast 8 brags about getting to film in Cuba.
  • Inferno reveals a new poster.
  • Pitch Perfect 3 gets a new release date.
  • John Cho talks all about Star Trek Beyond.
  • Shane Black teases a start date for The Predator.
  • Finding Dory characters make their debut at Walt Disney World.
  • The Wolverine 3 adds Elise Neal.

Fast 8 is the first major Hollywood movie to shoot in Cuba, which was placed under a commercial and economic embargo by the United States in 1960. Now that relations between America and Cuba have finally started to relax, we can expect to see more movies start to film there…and as you can see in the video below, the cast and crew of the latest Fast and Furious movie aren’t being shy about their enthusiasm for shooting in Havana. After all, this series is all about traveling the world and finding new and exciting cities to completely destroy. Why should Cuba be exempt?

#F8 is making history in Cuba. #FastFridays

A video posted by Fast & Furious (@fastandfuriousmovie) on

Yesterday, the first trailer for Inferno arrived the world cried out “Wait a second, they made another Robert Langdon movie? Who watches these things? Did anyone like The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons that much? Does anyone like these movies outside of Ron Howard and Tom Hanks, who are really far too talented to be making a third movie about a professor and an attractive young woman gallivanting around Europe solving stupid mysteries?” Yes. The world said all of that. Anyway, the first poster for Inferno has arrived as well and it features exactly what you’d expect: ominous lighting, a more ominous tagline, a cathedral ceiling, and silhouettes and people running. Because that’s all anyone does in the movie. They look at art and they run.

inferno poster

Variety reports that Elise Neal, whose past credits include The Hughleys, Scream 2, First Impression, and Hollywood Divas, has joined the cast of The Wolverine 3. Like Boyd Holbrook, Stephen Merchant, Richard E. Grant and Eriq La Salle before her, the nature of her role in the film is being kept under wraps by 20th Century Fox. However, we do know that the film has recently begun filming under the direction of James Mangold, will loosely adapt the “Old Man Logan” storyline, and will chase that Deadpool money by going R-rated. We can probably expect to hear more about this film soon because right now, we have no idea who anyone is playing.

Pitch Perfect 2

Universal has announced that Pitch Perfect 3 will no longer open on August 4, 2017, but will instead open on July 21, 2017. Interestingly, this was the sequel’s original release date before it was delayed to August, so whatever concerns the studio originally had seem to have dissipated. And maybe they shouldn’t have too many concerts, as Pitch Perfect 2 was an enormous hit, catapulting off the sleeper hit status of the original film and becoming an bonafide blockbuster with international grosses nearing $300 million. The exact plot of Pitch Perfect 3 remains unknown (part two left the door open for a sequel, albeit one without many of the original cast members), but Elizabeth Banks is set to return to the director’s chair once she’s done doing whatever the hell it is she’s doing in Power Rangers.

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