On their Twitter accounts, actors Tyrese Gibson and Ludacris announced that they will be in the fifth installment of the ‘The Fast and the Furious‘ franchise. “Just landed in Puerto Rico. Shooting for Fast & Furious 5 is about to be underway,” stated Ludacris.
Tentatively titled ‘Fast Five,’ the new film has Vin Diesel and Paul Walker reprising their roles as Dominic Toretto and Brian O’Conner.
Tyrese and Ludacris starred in 2003’s ‘2 Fast 2 Furious,’ the sequel to 2001’s ‘The Fast and the Furious.’ Directed by John Singleton, Tyrese played Roman Pearce, Brian’s boyhood friend who is on house arrest after serving time in prison for which he still blames Brian. Brian himself was running from the law after letting Toretto escape in the first film. While working with the cops to apprehend a drug lord, the childhood friends patched up their relationship as they had their crimes pardoned.
Ludacris played Tej Parker, a race host and a friend of Brian’s. He arranges high stakes street racing events that Brian often races in and wins.
Also coming back is writer and director Justin Lin, who helmed the third and fourth films, ‘The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift’ and ‘Fast & Furious.’
The last film grossed $359 million worldwide, the most successful film in the franchise.
Joining ‘Fast Five‘ is Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who will play a lawman in pursuit of Dominic and Brian.
Filming is currently taking place in Puerto Rico. ‘Fast Five’ arrives in theaters on June 10, 2011.