Wembley Stadium in Fast & Furious 6
Date posted: 01.05.2013
Following the highly successful exploits of Fast Five, Dom (Vin Diesel) and his team return in Fast & Furious 6. Having been enlisted by Agent Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson), they must bring a rival gang to justice in exchange for clear records and their ticket home. Lin chose London to be part of the chase and while not on location, much of the film shot in Shepperton and Longcross Studios.
After the initial recce, it was clear that Wembley Stadium had potential for much more than was originally planned. The filming evolved from a small scene to one spanning into a five night shoot to incorporate a thrilling action sequence.
A number of roads surrounding the stadium were closed to traffic and pedestrians for the night shoots. Charlie McCracken at Wembley Stadium explains, "This was to facilitate the stunt cars which were racing along Olympic Way on the approach to the stadium and also the ramps at the front of the stadium where a 12 ton Navistar armoured vehicle was used in one of the stunts."
Location Manager Vinnie Jassal was equally enthusiastic about the shoot which involved Dwayne Johnson's character being filmed in more elaborate scenes. "It was quickly established that the action sequences that we wanted to film were by far the biggest and most complicated the stadium had encountered thus far," said Jassal.
Through open and clear communication with the stadium team, Vinnie was able to deliver the task at hand smoothly and efficiently. Vinnie praises the team, "I believe that the stadium can confidently accommodate any type of filming request from now on and would not hesitate going back to them with an even more complex brief." The hard work and attention to detail from the stadium was thoroughly appreciated by Jassal and the production.
Wembley Stadium was opened in 2007, replacing the old stadium which stood at the site until its demolition in 2003. Designed by Foster & Partners, it has a retractable roof and the 133m high Wembley Arch, the longest single span roof structure in the world. The all-seater stadium has a capacity of 90,000. The large glass frontage of the stadium ensures that there is a very bright and airy feel on all levels on the north side, which include reception area, concourses, escalators and large restaurants. Other facilities include: changing rooms, tunnel, stadium bowl/seating, large concourses internal and external, reception rooms, grand restaurants and hospitality areas, corporate boxes, internal service road, occupational health medical ward, industrial kitchens and large scale escalators and stairwells. It can also double as an airport or hospital.
In addition to Fast & Furious 6, the stadium has been used as a location for films which include RocknRolla, The Special Relationship and Closed.
For all filming enquires please contact Charlie McCracken Charlie.McCracken@wembleystadium.com / 0844 980 8001.