Fast Five (Known as Fast & Furious 5 and Fast & Furious 5: Rio Heist outside the US) is the street racing action film directed by Justin Lin. It is the fifth film in The Fast and the Furious film series and the fourth installment in terms of chronology preceding The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006)
Vin Diesel and Paul Walker lead a reunion of returning all-stars from every chapter of the explosive franchise built on speed in Fast Five.
In this installment, former cop Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker) partners with ex-con Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) on the opposite side of the law. Dwayne Johnson joins returning favorites Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Matt Schulze, Sung Kang, Gal Gadot, Tego Calderon and Don Omar for this ultimate high-stakes race. Since Brian and Mia Toretto (Brewster) broke Dom out of custody, they’ve blown across many borders to elude authorities.
Justin Lin wanted to explore the elements of “freedom and family” in the film and collaborated with Morgan towards that ideal, both having worked together on previous installments of the franchise. Morgan worked with Diesel to produce a story arc that would further explore and develop Diesel’s character. An idea involving heisting a large safe had been conceived by Morgan during the production of Fast & Furious, but that film’s premise did not work with how Morgan envisioned it. He later incorporated it into Fast Five.
On a budget of $125 million, the shooting of Fast Five was scheduled for July and August 2010. Shooting had started by July 14, 2010, but it took longer than forecast: the film was still being shot in early November 2010.
Eva Mendes appears in an uncredited cameo as undercover US Customs agent Monica Fuentes, reprising her role from 2 Fast 2 Furious.