Fast Five, the fifth installment in the popular and financially successful The Fast and The Furious franchise, has begun filming in Puerto Rico. Actor Tyrese Gibson snapped a few pictures on set and recently posted them to his Twitter account for the fans to get excited about the ensemble cast.

The sharp-eyed guys at Latino Review noticed that some actors from the previous F & F films were in the pictures, raising the question of when the fifth film takes place in the overall timeline of the F & F franchise.

Looking at the first picture below, you will see from left to right:

  • Tego Calderon (from Fast & Furious)
  • Paul Walker (from The Fast and The Furious, 2 Fast 2 Furious, and Fast & Furious)
  • Sung Kang (The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift and Fast & Furious)
  • Vin Diesel (The Fast and The Furious, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift in a cameo, Fast & Furious)
  • Tyrese Gibson (2 Fast 2 Furious)
  • Chris “Ludacris” Bridges (2 Fast 2 Furious)
  • Don Omar (Fast & Furious)

[SPOILERS AHEAD] Because Sung Kang’s character Han Lue dies in Tokyo Drift, his inclusion here is curious. Clearly it means Fast Five takes place before the events of Tokyo Drift, but does it also take place before the events of Fast & Furious? At the end of Fast & Furious, Vin Diesel’s character is arrested and given a sentence of 25 years to life in prison.

Unless the plot of Fast Five has the government agree to let him out of jail for some reason, it stands to reason that Fast Five would have to occur before Fast & Furious. This might also help explain why Terese would be involved, as it would then be the chronological sequel to 2 Fast 2 Furious. (This might make more sense if all of the names weren’t so similar.)

We know that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson will have a role in the film as a government-sponsored bounty hunter tracking down Brian (Paul Walker) and Dom (Vin Diesel), so another plot possibility is that early in the film Brian breaks Dom out of prison. Actually, it’s more likely that Brian will break Dom out on his way to prison, thus ensuring an insane stunt driving sequence right off the bat.

Whatever the case, Fast Five will undoubtedly make a boatload of cash despite mixed critical reviews and pave the way for another bizarrely named sequel. Wait a minute, I forgot, they already have a sixth Fast & Furious film in development! Hollywood; Always one step ahead.

Just for fun, here’s another one of Tyrese’s set photos. It shows Tyrese and Vin Diesel standing side by side. For a 42-year-old guy, Diesel is looking seriously ripped. It’s a shame he doesn’t do more pure action movies. I guess we’ll just have to wait until xXx: The Return of Xander Cage. Whoa…did I really just type that?

Fast Five races into theaters on June 10, 2011.

Source: Tyrese Gibson (via Latino Review)