For those keeping track, that makes four Oscar-winning actresses in the 10th Fast and Furious movie.
Vin Diesel is stepping on the gas for a star-studded Fast and Furious 10.
West Side Story Oscar winner Rita Moreno has officially joined the ensemble cast for Fast X, Diesel confirmed on Instagram. “It’s always been my dream to work with Rita Moreno and the fact that she’s playing my grandmother here makes my soul smile,” Diesel said in a video alongside Moreno and his longtime co-star Michelle Rodriguez. “I am so blessed.”
Moreno replies, “You know what, I think I got … I think my old man was waiting for you to invite me. Isn’t that nice?”
Rodriguez, who plays Diesel’s wife in the car-centric action series, adds, “Rita Moreno in the house baby!”
Fast X is currently filming in London. Moreno is the fourth Oscar winner to join the film, with Diesel revealing that Brie Larson has joined the film in an undisclosed role, as well as Oscar winners Helen Mirren and Charlize Theron reprising their respective characters.
Jason Momoa is rumored to be playing the villain opposite franchise mainstays Diesel, Rodriguez, Sung Kang, Ludacris, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson and Nathalie Emmanuel, plus Cardi B is returning after her “F9” appearance.
“Fast X” introduces the two-part finale of the 20-plus year franchise. Justin Lin was set to direct the latest installment but parted ways due to creative differences. Lin is still the producer of the film.
The production has been reported to be losing more than $1 million a day in the search for a new director, with Diesel reportedly tasked with finding Lin’s replacement before Transporter and Lupine director Louis Leterrier are taken on . According to an insider, Leterrier had already been in talks to direct an “almost” movie due to his “experience and interest” before now directing the 10th film.
Fast and Furious is the largest franchise in Universal Pictures history, with films grossing nearly $6 billion theatrically. Fast X is scheduled for release on May 19, 2023.
Having returned to West Side Story for Steven Spielberg’s 2021 revival of the classic musical, Moreno is also in the middle of filming Eighty for Brady, based on the true story of four friends traveling to the 2017 Super Bowl Play to watch Tom Brady. Grace & Frankie co-stars Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda also star, along with Sally Field. NFL icon Brady is also producing the road trip comedy.
https://www.indiewire.com/2022/05/fast-x-rita-moreno-vin-diesel-grandmother-1234727881/ ‘Fast X’ Cast Adds Rita Moreno as Vin Diesel’s Grandmother