The Fast & Furious cast is like family, and like any family, some members occasionally miss the reunion. Filming has wrapped in Fast 8, the next chapter in the long running muscle-cars-and-mayhem series, and while the production has been marked by in-house feuds and death-defying stunts, there's one cast member who sat all of this out. We haven't heard anything about Jordana Brewster's character, Mia Toretto, being part of this action, and that's because, as she just revealed in an interview, she's not in the next movie. Brewster was asked if she wrapped shooting on Fast 8 yet, and she confirmed:
If they are done, and you are not in it "so far," that likely means you are not in it. Right? I mean, true, the Fast & Furious franchise has a way of bringing characters back in end-credits sequences, as when Vin Diesel popped up in the end of Tokyo Drift:
Or when the series introduced Jason Statham at he end of Fast & Furious 6:
So yeah, it's possible that Jordana Brewster will be called on to shoot a Fast 8 scene sometime in the near future that director F. Gary Gray can use as a stinger. But let me tell you why I don't think that will happen. Because, like it or not, Brewster's character of Mia was tied to Paul Walker's Brian, and we all know that Brian can't come back. When Furious 7 bid farewell to Walker on the beach -- then let him get in one last race thanks to the magic of CGI -- they said goodbye to Mia (and Brewster) as well. From everything that we can tell, the Fast & Furious franchise is moving in a fresh direction, and I'd be willing to bet that they are leaving Brewster behind.
Here's the actress, promoting her new TV series Lethal Weapon, with FOX-DC reporter Kevin McCarthy:
Not that the Fast family still needs Jordana Brewster. The latest sequel will keep Kurt Russell from Furious 7, and add newcomers Scott Eastwood, Helen Mirren and Charlize Theron as the story's main villain. This, in addition to staples such as Vin Diesel, The Rock, Tyrese, Ludacris, and Michelle Rodriguez, and you have a stacked deck. So, this probably is goodbye for Brewster. We'll know for sure when this movie opens on April 14, 2017.