The Fast and the Furious series has both churned out and roped in some of the most adrenal, action-oriented stars in Hollywood: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez, John Ireland. But topping the lot of them is the newest addition to the series: someone who isn’t just adept at playing a badass action hero, someone who actually is a badass action hero: Gina Carano, former MMA fighter and star of Steven Soderbergh’s Haywire. Carano is in talks to star in Fast & Furious 6.
Brushing past the logical paradox that should have caused director Justin Lin to explode from overexposure to Tokyo drifts, this new film will reunite the director with series fixtures Diesel and Walker and Fast Five addition Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. All three will be reviving their previous roles; there is no word as of yet on what sort of character Carano will play.
Is this a good career move for Carano? Despite its stellar cast and director, Haywire did not really find an audience. The Fast and the Furious movies have managed to maintain a pretty ample fan base since the series’ inception in 2001, so this should be a good launching point for Carano’s acting career. But does signing onto this sort of movie insure that she’ll be glued strictly to the heavy action genre from here on out? And if so, is that even a bad thing?