The Fast and Furious franchise seems to be following in the footsteps of the comic book world with characters that never really die even though it appears as if they did. Michelle Rodriguez who seemingly died in Fast and Furious and then appeared in the post credits scene in Fast Five, is officially signed on to reprise her role in the tentatively titled Fast and Furious 6. Rodriguez will also return to reprise her role in Machete Kills, the sequel to Robert Rodriguez’s Machete.
Rodriguez, who made a brief return in Fast Five, reunites with Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson. Gina Carano and possibly Luke Evans and Rihanna will join them. Justin Lin returns to the director’s chair once more to take on the sixth installment of the Fast and Furious franchise, which is said to take place in Europe with Dwayne Johnson still in hot pursuit of Paul Walker and Vin Diesel.
Variety adds that Rodriguez will also return to reprise her character in Machete Kills, which starts production next month in Texas. She joins Danny Trejo, who is also reprising his titular character. The two will go up against an a high-ranking Mexican cartel dealer Luther Voz (Mel Gibson), a cunning arms dealer and death merchant who aims to spread war across the planet by launching a missile. Jessica Alba is also expected to return for the sequel.
The tentatively titled Fast and Furious 6 is expected to be released on May 24, 2013 with the release date for Machete Kills still to be scheduled.