Ludacris Returning for ‘Fast Five’

Published 5 years ago by , Updated February 10th, 2012 at 10:43 am,

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Fast Five, the fifth chapter in the Fast and the Furious franchise continues to pack on the star power. Rapper-turned-quasi-actor Ludacris recently Tweeted the following message, which strongly indicates that he will be involved in the film:

“Just landed in Puerto Rico. Shooting for Fast & Furious 5 is about to be underway…”

If you pause right now, you just might hear the collective groans of the many fans who hoped they would never see Luda behind the wheel again, after his less-than-thrilling turn as “Tej” in the 2003 sequel, 2 Fast 2 Furious.

We already knew that Paul Walker and Vin Diesel would be returning as two on-the-run street racers trying to evade the law after the events of the last movie,  Fast & Furious. Soon after that we learned that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was joining the Fast Five cast as a bounty hunter who is tracking Walker and Diesel. More recently we learned that Tyrese would be returning as Roman Pearce, our first real indication that Fast Five will touch upon the storyline of 2 Fast 2 Furious. With Ludacris now seemingly involved with the production, the 2 Fast / Fast Five connection is undeniable.

Of course that connection raises multiple questions, including:

  1. Will Fast Five be set in Miami (where 2 Fast took place)? Will the boys just be “passing through” as they evade the law, or will the new film bring old characters into a new setting?
  2. Will Tyrese and Ludacris have prominent roles (as part of the driving team) or will they just have cameos?
  3. Will Devon Aoki and/or Eva Mendes also reprise their 2 Fast 2 Furious roles?
  4. Will I get to stare at Jordana Brewster in this movie? (Although having Charisma Carpenter onboard works for me…)
  5. Will Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift be shown any cameo love in this new film?

Guess we’ll be finding out the answers to all these questions in the next few months or so…

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Now, I’m of that rare, rare, breed of moviegoer who didn’t mind 2 Fast 2 Furious. Was it as guiltily pleasing as the first film? No. But the combination of Tyrese and the usual racing action hijinks made it worth my admission price. I didn’t leave the theater with the same kind of hate that many had for Ludacris’ character – I mean how could I? He was barely a factor in the film!

So hearing Ludacris may be involved with Fast Five isn’t exactly a deal-breaker for me – lets just hope that he either delivers a better performance, or has his screen time kept to the usual minimum. Either way, I’m still onboard to see some crazy action/racing sequences. It even sounds like there might be a slightly coherent story this time around – always a plus.

Fast Five redlines into theaters on June 10, 2011.

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  1. It does seem kind of odd to have Luda come back but I am interested in seeing how he will play a part. I actually liked 2 Fast 2 Furious. It had some more comedic lines than the first one which I was fine with since it wasn’t the complete original cast.

  2. yea people tend to take movies way to seriously I know what im gonna get when I go c fast and furious tokyo drift.

    • liked the original, didnt really care for the second or third, i liked the 4th.

  3. I’m okay with Chris Ludacris Bridges coming back. Maybe this time his character has a purpose. I’m looking forward to see Johnson being in this, though.

  4. To me it seems like the Fast/Furious Franchise is starting to get why sequels are down in the first place, not just making money (Transformers 2, anyone). The casting seems to make sense by tying in various points from each of the other films, finishing story lines and starting new ones.

    While it won’t win any Academy Awards or accolades for its acting or well thought out and intriguing story. It does bring some entertaining characters, cool visuals and good soundtracks which makes for what a part of the film industry should be, pure entertainment.

    Kudos for the effort and I hope it works out for them. The last film wasn’t stale and that’s impressive in its own right for a fourth film in a franchise that started as a one off movie ten years ago.

    • *done not down

  5. chris bridges is a pretty damn good actor

    his role in max payne was astonishing to see a rapper take a role that seriously…even though that movie kinda sucked

    his role in rock n rolla was pretty convincing for me as well.

    he is a very talented actor in my humble opinion. and im glad he is getting the respect he deserves in the next installment of this suped up entertainment franchise!

    • i agree that he is a pretty good actor, actually i prefer him in films, not rapping lol

      • Don’t forget about Crash… He was great in that movie.

  6. Okay you bring back Lucas Black, and add (Johnny Utah) with The Rock to go after them and I WILL be there for the very first showing of this movie.

    • AHAHAHAHA…..

      • Didn’t think anyone was gonna get that.