Confirmed: Dwayne Johnson is Starring in FAST & FURIOUS Sequel FAST FIVE – UPDATE: Ludacris to Return

     July 12, 2010

A Dwayne Johnson appearance in Fast Five — the sequel to 2009’s Fast & Furious and fifth entry in the gearhead franchise — has been in the rumor mill for a few months now.  But a tweet from Tyrese Gibson brings it one step closer to fact:

“Major shouts to Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, & Dewayne [sic] “Rock” Johnson!! “Fast & Furious Five” Let’s get em again!!”

Our sources can confirm the casting, so expect an official announcement soon.  Johnson and Gibson will join franchise leads Paul Walker and Vin Diesel for the sequel, which will shoot this summer in Brazil, Rio, and Puerto Rico among other locations; Johnson’s character is rumored to be “on the right side of the law.”  After a string of family films, the former wrestler appears to be getting back in action mode, starting with this November’s Faster (read Steve’s set report here).  For more details on Fast Five, check out Steve’s interview with producer Neal Moritz here.  With filming set to start soon, expect even more casting news in the near future. [Update: In addition to Dwayne Johnson joining the cast and Tyrese Gibson returning, actor/rapper/2 Fast 2 Furious co-star Ludacris tweeted that he was also returning for the fifth film]

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