Michelle Rodriguez’s return to ‘Fast & Furious’ was a surprise — even to her
Michelle Rodriguez in 'Fast & Furious 6' (Photo: Universal Pictures)
Go big or go home. This summer's "Fast & Furious 6," the latest installment of the globe-trotting blockbuster auto action franchise, promises explosive vehicular mayhem, knuckle-busting action, and the triumphant return of the fan-favorite "Fast" cast -- including one character's apparent resurrection from the dead.
Michelle Rodriguez, who starred in 2001's original "The Fast and the Furious," returns to the series as high-speed heistin' tough gal Letty, former partner in crime and lost love to Vin Diesel's Dominic Toretto. She was seemingly killed after a fiery crash, albeit offscreen, in the fourth film. But in "Fast & Furious 6," it appears that rumors of Letty's death were greatly exaggerated -- much to the surprise of her old flame.
Vin Diesel and Michelle Rodriguez talk to Yahoo! Movies on the set of 'Fast & Furious 6':
Of course, fans of the series knew she'd be back. Those who stuck around after the main credit sequence of the last "Fast" outing were treated to a juicy epilogue with Dwayne Johnson and a cameo from Eva Mendes -- reprising her federal agent role from "2 Fast 2 Furious" -- who dropped a photographic bombshell: Letty was alive, and implicated in the recent hijacking of a military convoy in Germany. The tasty cliffhanger conveniently set up the sixth sequel, and immediately left "Fast" fans clamoring for the inevitable next film.
Director Justin Lin and Michelle Rodriguez on the set of 'Fast & Furious 6' (Photo: Universal Pictures)
Fans weren't the only ones who were hit with the surprise ending. Michelle Rodriguez says that Diesel, who also serves as producer, purposefully left her in the dark about the fact that her character's grainy photo would be the parting shot of "Fast Five."