West Side Story Legend Rita Moreno Joins Fast X As Vin Diesel's Grandmother
The Fast & Furious family just got a little bigger.
Rita Moreno is "tickled to hell" to be starring in Fast X.
The legendary West Side Story actress, 90, will play the grandmother of Vin Diesel's character Dominic Toretto in the 10th installment of the Fast and Furious franchise and both stars couldn't be happier with the news.
Diesel, 54, shared a video on Instagram, in which he sat alongside Moreno and co-star Michelle Rodriguez.
He said in the clip: “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’m so blessed.”
The camera then focused on Moreno, who said: “You know what, I think I was getting … I think my old age was waiting for you to invite me. Isn’t that nice?
“The answer is yes, I’ll do it. And yes, not only do it, but I’m tickled. I’m tickled to hell to do it. I’m so thrilled. It’s going to be such fun!”
After the pair exchanged "I love you" messages, Rodriguez shouted: "Rita Moreno in the house, baby!”
Almost a year ago, Diesel admitted he was keen to land Moreno to play his family member after explaining the final two instalments would explore more of his alter ego's family tree.
He said in Variety then: " We’ve been talking a lot about Mrs Toretto, from the very beginning of [me] coming back for ‘F9’. So, I feel like there’s gonna be a time and place to be able to reveal that.
"Before we get to Mother Toretto, We will get to Abuela ['grandmother' in Spanish]. And the person that I’m so excited to talk about that role is Rita Moreno.”
And Moreno said at the time she loved the idea of joining the franchise. She said in response to the 54-year-old actor's comments: “I’m waiting for his call. I think it’s a fabulous idea. I hope he puts me in black leather…”
Fast X is currently filming with director Louis Leterrier (Transporter), who replaced original helmer Justin Lin after the latter quit a few days into the shoot. The Fast & Furious kin includes Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Ludacris, Sung Kang, Tyrese Gibson, and Scott Eastwood. Charlize Theron is set to return as villain Cipher alongside franchise newbies Jason Momoa, Brie Larson and Reacher's Alan Ritchson.
Fast X is slated to be out in cinemas May 2023. — BANG SHOWBIZ
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