Rihanna cast as villain in 'The Fast And The Furious' sequel

The latest flick in the monster franchise will be filmed in the UK over the summer

Rihanna cast as villain in 'The Fast And The Furious' sequel

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Rihanna has scored the part of the villain in the new installment of The Fast And The Furious, according to tabloid reports today (April 30).

Fresh from her role in explosion-fest Battleship, the singer will take on the part of the arch-nemesis of Vin Diesel and Paul Walker in the sixth instalment of the monstrously successful franchise.

According to The Sun, the film's writers were "so impressed" by Rihanna's acting in the critically-panned Battleship that they felt compelled to offer her the role.

Speaking about the singer's part, a source told the tabloid: "Rihanna impressed with her acting debut in Battleship. Writers think she’ll be perfect for the role. Her character has plenty of bite and doesn’t take any prisoners — just like her in real life. It’s a step up the ladder for her and could lead to bigger action roles."

The film is set to be shot over the summer months and will be set in the UK this time, with the majority of scenes likely to be filmed in London and Southend. You can watch the trailer for the franchise's previous effort Fast Five by scrolling down to the bottom of the page and clicking.

Rihanna's only UK shows of 2012 will both take place in London, at Radio 1's Hackney Weekend and Wireless Festival later this year.

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