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Luke Evans Offered Villain Part In ‘Fast Six’; Michelle Rodriguez Returning to Franchise and ‘Machete’

Written by on May 1, 2012 

Fast Six is moving along at a pace that’s, without lack of a better term, mighty expedient. A little over a week after Gina Carano (Haywire) got herself attached, Twitch reports that Luke Evans (The Raven, The Hobbit) is being pursued to play the main villain — a role Jason Statham already passed on. (Also, we can now safely assume the Europe-set Fast Six has a British baddie. Make of this what you will.) One is not necessarily lesser than the other — you could argue Evans is actually a finer actor, overall — so this potential transition isn’t all too bothersome for myself. I don’t care about Fast Six to begin with, admittedly, but I can still appreciate some decent performances at the same time.

In addition to this rumored newcomer, Variety informs us that Michelle Rodriguez will make a return to the franchise that helped start her career. Although her character, Letty Ortiz (not that I had to look up the name), seemingly perished in Fast & Furious, an after-the-credits scene in Fast Five indicates that she is, in fact, still alive and operating in Berlin. With that trip to Europe in the cards, her casting was only a matter of time and basic negotiations.

That’s not all for her, however, since it’s also said she’ll be reuniting with Robert Rodriguez on Machete Kills, once again taking up the role of taco truck proprietor, Luz. With these two roles and a trip back to Resident Evil in Resident Evil: Retribution, action fans will be seeing a whole lot more of her in these next few years.

Fast Six will open on May 24th, 2013.

Do you think Evans will make a suitable fit with the Fast and Furious franchise? Is Rodriguez’s return exciting?

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