Director F. Gary Gray has turned the key on the Fast 8 production in Havana, making movie history by becoming the first filmmaker to shoot a major Hollywood project in Cuba in over 50 years.

Marking the occasion, franchise star Vin Diesel has posted a video on Instagram, which features himself and Gray walking through the streets of the capital.

In it, the action man says, "Right now, I'm with my director, F. Gary Gray..., and we're in a place that nobody ever thought would be possible. We are in Havana, Cuba and you can see how beautiful it is with all these beautiful people... They didn't think it could be done, and we're here and we're doing it, and there's a lot of love here. We're just really proud to be here, man. This is paradise... and Gary's about to rip it."

Diesel's character, Dominic Toretto, hails from Cuba, and the actor admits it's good to be back "where the Torettos started."

As well as Vin, Michelle Rodriguez, Chris 'Ludacris' Bridges, Tyrese Gibson, and Dwayne Johnson will be back for the latest Fast sequel, while Jason Statham and Kurt Russell are also set to return, and Charlize Theron and Scott Eastwood will be making their debuts in the blockbuster franchise.

Theron has been cast as the lead villain in the new movie, while Eastwood will play a sidekick for Russell's mysterious character Mr. Nobody.

Until last year (15), special permits were required for U.S. citizens visiting Cuba and director Oliver Stone was fined for filming there between 2002 and 2003 without the relevant permission.