Luke Evans and Rihanna Rumored for Fast Six; Michelle Rodriguez Confirmed
05.02.12 by Ryan
Even if some fans are growing tired of the Fast and the Furious franchise, it's not studio policy to quit while a franchise is hot — and 2011's Fast Five was the most successful installment yet. With over $600 million in worldwide gross, there's clearly a sizeable audience ready for Fast Six, already scheduled for a 2013 release date.
Plot details on the sixth installment are being kept "secret," but anyone who saw Fast Five (or has a working knowledge of the franchise) knows that Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, and the rest of their crew of franchise co-stars will face off against a new adversary while being chased by DSS Agent Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson). MMA-fighter-turned-action-star Gina Carano recently joined the cast of Fast Six as one of Hobbs' team of Diesel-hunters, prompting outlets to think the sequel would be The Expendables of the Fast and Furious franchise... And to spread conflicting rumors about who will play the sequel's villain.
Just days ago, British tabloid The Sun reported that Universal had offered the villain role to Rihanna (who'd impressed the studio with her work in the upcoming Battleship). Considering the news came from The Sun, there was little about the report to feel confident about. Unsurprisingly, Rihanna's rep told MTV that the Sun's report is "not true." Could Luke Evans (Immortals, the upcoming The Hobbit) be the villain instead?
Twitch reports that Evans was offered the villain role that was initially presented to Jason Statham before he turned it down. No other details were offered about the role, and nothing about Evans' involvement has been confirmed yet, including whether the role was actually offered in the first place.
There is one casting decision that seems certain and that's the return of Michelle Rodriguez as Diesel's former girlfriend Letty. Thought to be killed in 2009's Fast and Furious, an end-credits scene in Fast Five between Johnson and Eva Mendes (reprising her 2 Fast 2 Furious role as US Customs agent Monica Fuentes) revealed evidence that Letty was still alive. Variety reports that Rodriguez will officially return in the sequel, and it remains to be seen whether Mendes will also return. Considering the amount of Fast and the Furious alumni taking part in the sequels, we wouldn't be surprised.
Production on Fast Six is scheduled for June. Screenwriter Chris Morgan and director Justin Lin will return, having become the franchise's caretakers since pairing for 2006's The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift.