Villain, Love Interest Cast in ‘Fast Five’

Brian and Dominic Toretto on top of a car

Filming is underway on Fast Five, the fifth installment of the high octane Fast and the Furious series, which means the cast is finally coming together.  The sequel brings back franchise drivers Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Matt Schulze, Fast & Furious director Justin Lin, and Sung Kang (Tokyo Drift).


The fifth installment centers on Diesel and Walker as “fugitives being pursued by legendary lawmen,” who will be played by Dwayne Johnson.  Spanish actress and Adrien Brody’s ex-girlfriend, Elsa Pataky (Snakes on a Plane), is playing Diesel’s beautiful love interest and Joaquim de Almeida (”24″) is the main villain, a ruthless drug lord, according to Variety.  Charisma Carpenter is also on board, presumably a girlfriend of Walker’s character.

Another sequel was greenlit immediately after 2009’s Fast & Furious opened to a record-breaking $71 million as the highest April debut in history.  The racing flick wound up making $353 million worldwide (on a budget of $85M).  A sixth is on the way as well.