Fast & Furious 7 to be filmed in Dubai

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Producers behind the popular ‘Fast & Furious’ movie franchise have confirmed they will film part of the seventh instalment in Dubai, with filming due to start later this year in time for a summer 2014 premiere.

FF7 Productions, in association with One Race Films and Original Film, announced on the US-based website they were in pre-production on the action crime thriller and were casting for actors for starring, co-starring, and supporting roles.

They revealed filming would take place in the US, Tokyo and Dubai. “The extras will be cast near the locations where filming will take place. Principal photography commences September, 2013,” the casting call said.

The seventh instalment is set to star Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Dwayne Johnson and is expected to hit theatres on July 11, 2014.

"We will have a stint in Tokyo and there is the Middle East next, that could be very interesting," actor Vin Diesel told the DigitalSpy movie website while promoting Fast & Furious 6.

No details on exact locations have been revealed but the seventh film is expected to be the first in a new trilogy for the popular adrenaline-packed, car-focused franchise.

Released on May 24, the London-based sixth instalment had a budget of around $160m and has already earned around $704m at box offices around the world.

When launched in the UAE last month, Fast & Furious 6 smashed box office records, raking in AED13.8m ($3.75m) in its opening weekend, more than AED3m more than the previous record set by Iron Man 3.

The six movies in the franchise have now earned a total of over $2bn since they were launched in 2001.

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