Luke Evans to Villainize 'Fast Six', New Story Details Revealed

Thursday, 10 May 2012 11:48 Written by  Jordan DeSaulnier
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Luke Evans to Villainize 'Fast Six', New Story Details Revealed

The sixth installment in the improbably stronger-than-ever The Fast and the Furious franchise is set to go into production this summer.  As such, the production needs a heavy for the familiar racing and heisting crew to go up against this time, someone with the charisma to equal the combined musculature of Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson.  That someone is the increasingly busy Luke Evans, who is set to play the competition.

Welsh-born Evans is currently in New Zealand filming his role as Bard the Bowman in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: There and Back AgainVariety reports that he's signed on for the not-really-titled Fast Six, and will hop pretty much directly from Peter Jackson's Middle Earth prequels to Europe, avoiding any possible scheduling conflicts.

Last year, Evans starred as Aramis in the 3D The Three Musketeers, and portrayed the Greek God Zeus in director Tarsem Singh's Immortals.  He's currently starring opposite John Cusack in Relativity Media's thriller The Raven, and he'll close out 2012 with the first of those two The Hobbit adventures.

In the next The Fast and the Furious, he'll be playing the leader of a criminal crew competing with our heroes to pull off a huge heist that will take the vehicular mayhem to locales including London and Berlin. For months, Jason Statham was rumored to be involved in the sequel for a major role, but last month word emerged that he had declined to be part of the franchise.  It's reasonable to assume that Evans' character might just be the same one Statham would've played.

Even before Fast Five proved that the franchise had plenty of life left in it, Universal Pictures was looking to play up the heist-y element in future installments, shedding the street-racing stuff that started the series more than a decade ago.  Back then, The Fast and the Furious had a criminal component, but it was shades of Point Break, rather than Ocean's Eleven.

Chris Morgan, who has written the past three entries in the series, is once again writing the screenplay, ensuring that the ridiculousness and action will indeed come in the manner promised by the title.  After bringing the franchise back from the brink with The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift and becoming a very much in-demand action director with Fast & Furious and Fast Five, Justin Lin is orchestrating the craziness for the fourth time.

Evans joins a cast of familiar faces that includes Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, and Michelle Rodriguez, returning despite her character's apparent demise in Fast & Furious.  After making a big impression in Steven Soderbergh's Haywire, MMA star Gina Carano is also getting in on the action this time.

The sixth The Fast and the Furious is scheduled for May 24, 2013.

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