Indonesian actor Joe Taslim has landed a villainous role in the fifth sequel to “The Fast and the Furious”, aptly titled “Fast and Furious 6″, according to Variety and British model and actress Clara Paget has joined the ever-growing cast as well, according to Daily Mail. Incredibly, the entire cast from the original film – Paul Walker, Vin Diesel, Jordana Brewster and Michelle Rodriguez – will return (some more incredible than others, in Rodriguez’s case), along with Tyrese Gibson, who appeared in the first sequel opposite Walker, Dwayne Johnson, who first appeared in “Fast Five”, and newcomers Gina Carano and Luke Evans.
Since “Fast Five” the long winded action franchise has taken a step away from its street racing roots, focusing more on heists, and the new film is expected to be set overseas, perhaps in London, with director Justin Lin telling the Daily Mail that he and his production designer have recreated in full-scale London’s famed Piccadilly Circus area in Surrey after being denied a license to film a major action scene involving an exploding oil tanker at the actual site. Evans plays the main bad guy, while Taslim will play Jah, “a cold-blooded killer who uses his martial arts and parkour skills to fight the pic’s protags.” Paget, for her part, will have a “sidekick” role as Veigh, a “gun-slinging action woman.” “Fast and Furious 6″ will be released on May 24, 2013.
Taslim, like new co-star Garano, was a martial arts champion athlete before being discovered by a film director and put into movies. For Garano it was Steven Soderbergh and “Haywire”, while Gareth Evans propelled Taslim to fame in “The Raid”, the Indonesion actioner that has found broad crossover appeal in the States. Paget has worked mainly in her native Britain, with supporting roles in “One Day” and “Johnny English Reborn.”