FAST X Adds To Its Family As EGOT Winner Rita Moreno Joins The Cast As The Toretto Matriarch
We're about to meet more of the Toretto clan, as Vin Diesel has just announced that EGOT winner Rita Moreno has joined the ensemble cast of Universal's Fast X as Dominic and Mia's grandmother!
After introducing Dominic's long lost brother in the last film, it looks like Universal's upcoming Fast X will be introducing his grandmother, and they've enlisted a Hollywood icon to play the part.
Vin Diesel took to Instagram this morning to announce that EGOT winner Rita Moreno (West Side Story; The King and I) has joined the cast of the next installment in Universal's blockbuster Fast & Furious franchise as the grandmother of Dominic (Diesel), Mia (Jordana Brewster), and Jakob Toretto (John Cena).
In his video, Diesel expressed his excitement, “It’s been my dream forever to work with Rita Moreno, and the fact that she’s here playing my grandmother makes my soul smile. I am so blessed.,” with Moreno enthusiastically adding, “You know what…I think my old age was waiting for you to invite me. Isn’t that nice? And I’m here—and the answer is yes, I’ll do it, and yes, not only do it. I’m tickled. I’m so thrilled. This is going to be such fun!”
While we don't know how she'll factor into the story just yet, it's probably safe to assume we could see her behind the wheel at some point during the film. Check out the announcement below:
Moreno joins a cast headlined by Vin Diesel, who returns as Dom Toretto, with a familiar supporting cast consisting of Michelle Rodriguez as Letty Ortiz, Tyrese Gibson as Roman Pearce, Ludacris as Tej Parker, Jordana Brewster as Mia Toretto, Sung Kang as Han Seoul-Oh, Nathalie Emmanuel as Ramsey, John Cena as Jakob Toretto, Lucas Black as Sean Boswell, Cardi B as Leysa, Scott Eastwood as Little Nobody, Charlize Theron as Cipher, Helen Mirren as Queenie Magdalene Ellmanson-Shaw, and Jason Statham as Deckard Shaw.
Academy Award-winner Brie Larson (Captain Marvel; The Marvels), Jason Momoa (Aquaman; Dune), Daniela Melchior (The Suicide Squad; The Payback), and Alan Ritchson (Reacher; Titans) have all joined the cast in new roles, with Momoa reportedly set to play the villain.
Louis Letterier (The Incredible Hulk; Now You See Me) has taken over directing duties, after franchise mainstay Justin Lin exited the project due to creative differences with Diesel and the studio. They will still be using the script penned by Lin and Dan Mazeau.
Plot details are unknown, but the film is expected to be the thrilling first half of a sure-to-be epic two-part finale.
Fast X is slated to race into theaters on May 19, 2023; while the final chapter in the saga, the untitled Fast & Furious 11, is tentatively scheduled to arrive in February 2024.