Iggy Azalea to Make Acting Debut in ‘Fast & Furious 7′
The new Fast & Furious 7 movie just got a little bit fancier with the addition of Iggy Azalea to its cast. The Australian rapper is reportedly making her big screen debut in the upcoming installment of the franchise, expected to hit theaters in April 2015.
Fast & Furious vet Vin Diesel announced the news (possibly inadvertently) while promoting his latest movie, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, during a recent interview with Skyrock FM. When asked whether he would prefer to dance to Jason Derulo’s “Wiggle,” Ariana Grande’s “Problem,” or Azalaea’s “Fancy,” Diesel sided with his new co-star.
“Well, Iggy … I just worked with her two weeks ago,” he said, as seen in the video above. “I guess you’ll be the first person to know this. She has a cameo in Fast & Furious 7. So I gotta be loyal to Iggy. ”
The announcement comes just a few weeks after Azalea posted a photo of herself with another Fast & Furious cast member, Michelle Rodriguez, with no other explanation than a single-world hashtag, “#Fun.” At the time, it was unclear what exactly they were working on together. But now that the world knows the rapper is officially on board the project, both Azalea fans and devoted viewers of the long-running franchise are already speculating as to who she will play in the future film.
Fast & Furious 7 picks up with Diesel’s Dominic Toretto, Brian O’Conner (played by the late Paul Walker), and the rest of the gang returning to the United States after defeating Owen Shaw (Luke Evans). But they’re soon forced to once again protect themselves when Owen’s older brother, Ian Shaw (Jason Statham), comes after them, seeking revenge for his sibling’s death.
So where does Azalea fit into all of this? Unfortunately, neither Azalea nor the film’s team has released any more details regarding her role. As Entertainment Weekly points out, though, the film takes place — at least partially – in Abu Dhabi, so there’s a chance she may pop up there. Since it’s just a cameo, fans shouldn’t expect her to stick around for too long or have too much of an impact on the main plot line.
Azalea isn’t the first musician to appear in the franchise. Ja Rule made a cameo in the original 2001 film, while Bow Wow appeared in Tokyo Drift. Puerto Rican singer Don Omar had a role in 2009’s Fast & Furious and 2011’s Fast Five. Ludacris also appeared in the movies, first in 2 Fast 2 Furious and then in a recurring main role starting from Fast Five onwards. Azalea’s recent collaboration partner, Rita Ora, also made a cameo in Fast & Furious 6, although the part was reportedly originally offered to Rihanna.
Whether you’re a fan of Azalea’s or not, you can’t argue against the fact that she’s having a pretty stellar year, career-wise. She topped the charts with the summer’s official theme song, “Fancy.” Meanwhile, her collaborative track with Ariana Grande, “Problem,” hit No. 2 on the Billboard charts, and her recent single with Ora, “Black Widow,” earned strong digital sales. She’s also hosting the latest season of MTV’s fashion series House of Style, which premiered on August 4. Now, with a small part in one of 2015′s most highly anticipated blockbusters, it’s clear she’s bent on taking her already relatively rapid rise to success to the next level.