Michelle Rodriguez Returns for 'Fast & Furious 6' and 'Machete Kills'
Rob Cohen's The Fast and the Furious put Michelle Rodriguez on the map back in 2001. Her appearance in that movie laid the groundwork for the actress to carve out a solid career as a badass in multiple action films, including S.W.A.T., Robert Rodriguez's Machete, and a little movie you may have heard of called Avatar. But now Rodriguez is going back to her roots, as Variety reports she is coming back behind the wheel for director Justin Lin in Fast and Furious 6, and she's also reprising her role as the eye-patch-wearing Luz in Robert Rodriguez's forthcoming Danny Trejo action sequel Machete Kills. More below!
In a post-credits sequence during Fast Five, it was revealed that Rodriguez's character, Letty, did not actually die in the fourth film, Fast & Furious. Letty's appearance in the sixth movie will act as a great piece of narrative continuity for the series. I'm a big fan of what director Justin Lin has done in revitalizing this franchise, and I'm actually really excited to see how far these movies can go now that they've given it a jolt of energy with Dwayne Johnson, Gina Carano, and maybe even Rihanna.
Machete Kills looks to be a lot of fun, with the titular hero now working for the U.S. government and trying to prevent an all-out war from a deranged billionaire arms dealer and a cartel leader who plan to use a space weapon to spread terror across the world. Mel Gibson and Michelle Williams' names have been tossed around in connection to the movie, and apparently Gibson has signed on as the arms dealer, so hopefully Williams comes on board to add to the eccentricity of this cast. I'm actually already looking further ahead to Machete Kills Again...in Space! because that one sounds even more ludicrous than the first two.