‘Fast 8’ movie shoot forces downtown Cleveland road closures

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CLEVELAND-- Speeding cars and breathtaking stunts. Hollywood is coming back to Cleveland and in a big way.

The Greater Cleveland Film Commission said several scenes for"Fast 8," the latest installment of the “Fast and the Furious," will be shot in locations throughout Northeast Ohio.

“We're a city that accommodates these kind of action sequences. we've done it with Avengers, we've done it with Captain America," said Greater Cleveland Film Commission President Ivan Schwartz.

If you live or commute downtown, here is some info you need to know:

From May 18 through May 20, Superior between Roadway and East 12th Street will be shut down between 6 a.m and  8 p.m. East 9th Street between Rockwell and Vincent will be closed periodically, but not during rush hour.

Crews will also be shooting around Public Square as well.

“It might affect our foot traffic because things are gonna be closed down for the action scenes," said pizza shop owner Stephanie Webb.

Cameras will roll once again next month from June 2 to June 4. St. Clair between West 3rd Street and East 12th Street will shut down from 6 a.m to 8 p.m.

The RTA will also be re-routing buses.

But with all the traffic changes also comes big bucks. The production will generate nearly 400 jobs, on top of the money crews will spend on food and hotels.

"We've had over $400 million of economic impact in Northeast Ohio. For every dollar the state spends on the incentive, two dollars is returned into the economy. We've created 1,700 full-time equivalent jobs, and this is just building on what we've already built on," Schwartz said.

The setting for "Fast 8" will be New York City, so expect to see some temporary Big Apple landmarks. Also keep in mind, this will be secondary shooting here, so don't expect to see actors Vin Diesel or Tyrese Gibson anywhere in the city.

But if you do want a firsthand glimpse of shooting for this billion-dollar franchise, up to 50 cars speeding up and down the street, East 6th Street at Superior Avenue will offer a prime vantage point.

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