Three people have been caught hiding in a cargo ship carrying movie equipment for the upcoming Fast and Furious 8 film.

Three Cuban nationals were found by Border Protection officials aboard the ship at Port Everglades in South Florida - one of the busiest ports in the world, a spokesperson confirmed to La Prensa.

The ship which was travelling from Cuba to South Florida was carrying filming equipment used in the shooting of the eighth instalment of the Fast and Furious franchise which stars Vin Diesel and Michelle Rodriguez.

According to La Prensa, the crew had been working on the film in Havana a few weeks ago with plans to shoot more scenes in New York City.

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The action film is set to hit screens in April 2017.

- AAP