Vin Diesel, the protagonist of Fast X, has hinted that there may be even more Fast & Furious characters making a comeback in the future movie. Fast X, the tenth entry in the long-running series, has Jason Momoa’s new villain going up against Dom, played by Diesel, and the rest of his gang. The next sequel has the largest cast of any film in the series so far, with several returning actors expected to appear alongside a handful of brand-new ones.
Diesel recently hinted that both Tego Leo (Tego Calderón) and Rico Santos (Don Omar) would be returning, which might mean that the already enormous Fast X ensemble will grow even further. Both characters were initially introduced in 2009’s Fast & Furious and later appeared in the short film Los Bandoleros. In Fast Five and The Fate of the Furious, Leo, and Santos played supporting parts. The characters would also have younger iterations in F9: The Fast Saga.
Fast X is already anticipated to be the largest Fast & Furious film to date due to its stellar ensemble. Fast X will also star newcomers Momoa, Brie Larson, Rita Moreno, Michael Rooker, Alan Ritchson, and Daniela Melchior in addition to returning actors like Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Sung Kang, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Nathalie Emmanuel, Jason Statham, John Cena, Helen Mirren, and Charlize Theron. While the ensemble alone will undoubtedly be a big appeal for some fans, it may also cause an issue with the plot.
It’s doubtful that Fast X will be able to satisfactorily service all of these new and returning characters given the size of its roster. If the trailer is any indication, Diesel, Rodriguez, and the rest of the core group will still be the main emphasis in Fast X, but with so many more characters to introduce and fill out, the arcs for the core cast might not be as developed. On the other hand, this might potentially be its own letdown if these new characters aren’t given a lot of screen time or development.
It’s likely that the enormous cast will make more sense when the movie is viewed as the first half of a conclusion rather than its own independent entity because Fast X is anticipated to serve as the franchise’s penultimate entry and will seem to be somewhat tied to Fast & Furious 11. Leo and Santos have frequently provided comedic relief in previous iterations of Fast X, but it is unclear whether they will genuinely be joining the team. A little humor would be a welcome addition, as the next sequel is expected to be the most dramatic one yet.