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Fast & Furious: Letty’s Timeline Explained

Letty Ortiz’s timeline in the Fast & Furious franchise has seen her join her “ride or die” family on some of their biggest heists and adventures. Debuting in the franchise’s first outing, The Fast and the Furious, Letty was immediately shown to be a no-nonsense street racer with a strong love for her boyfriend, Dominic Toretto. More than that, Letty is the heart and soul of the franchise, and her timeline represents many of the ups and downs the movies have taken over their two-plus decades in cinemas. Though Letty isn’t in every Fast & Furious movie, she still manages to be one of the franchise’s most dynamic characters.

Immediately proving herself to be so much more than a damsel in distress or simply a love interest to the male characters, Letty has shown she can keep up with the guys and even beat them on many occasions. Every street race in the Fast & Furious movies has its own exciting moments, and Letty is one of the strongest characters when it comes to piloting her car to victory again and again. Even her supposed death wasn’t enough to keep her down, and the fan-favorite character returned to join her family for more adventures. Though she is strongly written, it’s Michelle Rodriquez’s performance that truly brings Letty to life.

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Early Life (1983 – 1999)
Letty drives a pink car The Fast and The Furious

Leticia “Letty” Ortiz was born in 1983, presumably in the same neighborhood where the Toretto family resided in Los Angeles. She was a childhood friend of the aforementioned family and even took a special interest in Dominic who would later develop feelings for her when she was 16. Dominic Toretto’s full backstory featured a lot of young Letty, and she even participated in a street race with the eldest Toretto brother when she was a teenager. The race resulted in a fiery crash, and she managed to pull Dom to safety, as seen in the events of Fast & Furious 6.

Truck Heists (2001)
The Fast and the Furious 2001 Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Paul Walker standing together

As seen in 2001’s The Fast and the Furious, Letty and Dom continued their relationship, and she was close by his side when he committed a series of daring truck cargo heists. It was then that she and Dom met undercover officer Brian O’Conner, who infiltrated their street racing group in order to catch the thieves. During that time, Letty continued her prolific street racing career and even won a heat at that year’s Race Wars event. Long before the moment when the Fast & Furious franchise got ridiculous, Letty assisted in another truck heist in which her car flipped off of the road, and she sustained minor injuries.

Years On The Run (2001 – 2009)
Letty hangs from the hood of Dom's car in Fast & Furious 4

Following Dom Toretto’s escape from custody in The Fast and the Furious, Letty spent several years tracking him down. She finally caught up with him in 2009 during the events of the short film Los Bandoleros, and the pair reunited in the Dominican Republic on the eve of a gasoline tanker heist. Before the big score, Dominic and Letty were married on the beach and made a commitment to one another to always be each other’s “ride or die.” As seen in 2009’s Fast & Furious, Letty helped Dom and his crew pull off the gas heist, and they planned to distribute the petrol to needy people.

Following one of the Fast & Furious franchise’s many heists, Letty returned to the U.S. and petitioned FBI Agent Brian O’Conner to help clear Dom’s criminal record. In exchange for her husband’s freedom, Letty agreed to assist the FBI in bringing down the notorious gangster Arturo Braga, who had been at the top of their most wanted list. She then went undercover as a driver in the gang but was double-crossed by Braga’s henchman Fenix Calderon, who aimed to kill all of Braga’s drivers. Letty’s car crashed, and Calderon caused it to explode, which presumably killed her.

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Amnesia And Working For Owen Shaw (2009 – 2013)
A photo of Letty in the post-credits scene of Fast Five

Following the explosion, Letty was rescued by Gisele and taken to a local hospital where she began to recover but soon learned she had lost her memory. As revealed in 2013’s Fast & Furious 6, Letty was then approached by one of Fast & Furious’ most evil villains, Owen Shaws, who planned to assassinate her while she was in the hospital. However, upon learning that she suffered from amnesia, Shaw instead decided to recruit her to his gang and use her talents as a driver. Meanwhile, as seen in 2011’s Fast Five, Dominic Toretto learned that his wife was still alive and set out to find her.

While Letty was working for Shaw, Dom Toretto was recruited to bring Shaw down, but he dedicated most of his time to trying to reunite with his wife. On their first meeting, Letty shot Dominic because she didn’t know who he was, and Shaw manipulatively tested her loyalty to the gang through Dom. However, after a street race, Letty began to take an interest in Dom, and she was slowly disillusioned with Shaw’s increasing violence. During one of the best fights in the Fast & Furious movies, Letty betrayed Shaw in favor of Dominic and his crew, and she assisted in bringing down her former employer.

Rejoining The Family (2014)
Letty picks a fight in Fast & Furious 7

Though Letty chose to join Dom, she still couldn’t remember their relationship together, and she suffered a crisis of faith during the events of 2015’s Furious 7. She broke up with Dom to get her head straight and was eventually recruited by Mr. Nobody to bring down Deckard Shaw, the older brother of the recently vanquished Owen. Letty rejoined the family in attempting to secure the God’s Eye from Shaw. Meanwhile, she began investigating her mysterious hospital stay in an attempt to jog her memory. On the eve of defeating the elder Shaw, Letty learned she had checked into the hospital under the last name Toretto and her memory returned.

Honeymoon & Dom’s Betrayal (2017)
Michelle Rodrigues as Letty in Fate of the Furious

In 2017’s The Fate of the Furious, Letty and Dom celebrated their honeymoon in Havana, Cuba. While there, Dom turned evil when he was blackmailed by the cyberterrorist Cypher into helping her with her scheme of world domination. Letty joined the rest of the gang in tracking down Dom while he stole nuclear weapons for Cypher’s evil plan. The family helped Dom eventually turn on his forced employer when he learned that he had previously had a child with a woman named Elena. With Dom’s help, the group stopped Cypher’s plan by redirecting one of her missiles, and Dom returned to Letty with his son in tow.

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Facing Jakob Toretto (2019)
F9 Dom and Letty pic

Letty, Dom, and their son Brian lived in relative isolation in a farmhouse following The Fate of the Furious, but their tranquility was disturbed in 2021’s F9. The gang arrived to warn them that Cypher had been freed from custody by radical agents, and Letty immediately sprang into action. F9 featured many returning characters from other movies, but it also introduced Jakob Toretto as its villain when Dominic realized his estranged brother helped set Cypher free. Letty joined her husband and the rest of the gang in stopping Jakob from reuniting the halves of Project Aries.

Jakob was eventually forsaken by Cypher once he had accomplished his task, and the newly betrayed Toretto sibling rejoined his brother in stopping Cypher. Following the defeat of Cypher, Letty returned to Los Angeles with Dom and their son Brian and settled in at the newly rebuilt Toretto house that had previously been destroyed. The family hosted a cookout that featured many recurring figures from the Fast & Furious movies and even briefly saw the return of Brian O’Conner who had retired from the family in 2014.

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Fast & Furious 11 Release Delay & Filming Start Date Confirmed By Director


Fast and Furious 11
is facing a release date delay to Summer 2026 due to strikes, with director Louis Leterrier confirming the sequel will not be hitting its April 4, 2025 date.
Leterrier also confirms that filming starts in Fall 2025 after finishing a horror movie in September.
The final installment in the
Fast Saga
reunites Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto for one last ride, while also leaving the door open for other spinoffs.

After facing multiple delays due to the 2023 SAG-AFTRA and Writers Guild of America strikes, Fast and Furious 11 is seeing its release date delayed. The next installment in the Vin Diesel-fronted franchise is expected to be the last mainline sequel, while development continues on the Dwayne Johnson-led spinoff Hobbs & Reyes, a mysterious standalone movie penned by Fast X’s Zach Dean and a potential female-led spinoff. While a filming start date was never confirmed, Universal had previously set the movie for an April 2025 release date.

During a recent interview with Collider at a CCXP MX panel, Louis Leterrier was asked for an update on Fast and Furious 11. The director went on to confirm that the final mainline installment in the action franchise will no longer be making its April 4, 2025 release date, instead now aiming for a Summer 2026 release window with the filming start date being set for this fall. Check out what Leterrier said below:

It’s happening. It’s happening very, very soon. I’m able to shoot a little horror movie this summer. I’m finishing my horror movie on September 15th, and I start Fast on September 16th.

Will Fast 11’s Multiple Delays Help Or Hurt The Sequel?

Much like the tenth film before it, Fast and Furious 11 has faced a few behind-the-scenes hardships in its road to getting off the ground, namely the delays stemming from the 2023 strikes. While the latest movie seems to have retained its core creative team in comparison to the shift in directors from franchise vet Justin Lin to Leterrier on Fast X after reported creative differences between the former and Diesel, this change didn’t seem to help much with the continued downward trend recent sequels have seen from critics. Check out how the franchise’s Rotten Tomatoes scores compare below:

Title RT Critical Score RT Audience Score The Fast and the Furious 54% 74% 2 Fast 2 Furious 37% 50% The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift 37% 69% Fast & Furious 28% 67% Fast Five 78% 83% Fast & Furious 6 71% 84% Furious 7 81% 82% The Fate of the Furious 67% 72% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw 67% 88% F9: The Fast Saga 59% 82% Fast X 56% 84%

Even looking outside the Fast and Furious franchise, many movie sequels have found themselves hurt by various delays, be they from creative changes, general release shifts or other factors. The action genre in particular is one in which lengthier development periods can lead to diminishing returns, be it A Good Day to Die Hard, Rambo: Last Blood or Diesel’s own xXx: The Return of Xander Cage. While Fast and Furious 11 may only be getting pushed back by a year, the delay is nonetheless a concern that the final installment could find itself in trouble.

Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) looking angry with Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) looking unimpressed in Fast & Furious

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On the other hand, the longer wait for Fast and Furious 11 to close out the mainline series of movies could actually prove beneficial for the sequel. Though Leterrier may be busy with another project in the lead-up to filming the next installment, writers Oren Uziel and Christina Hodson should now have more than enough time to really look back at the script and ensure it learns from the critical missteps of recent installments to deliver a satisfying conclusion to the Dominic Toretto saga.

Source: Collider

Fast and Furious 11 temp poster Fast and Furious 11 Fast and Furious 11 is the final movie in the Fast Saga. It reunites Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto with the rest of the cast for one last ride. However, the franchise is open for spinoff films like Hobbs & Shaw afterward.Director Louis Leterrier Release Date April 4, 2025 Distributor(s) Universal Pictures Writers Christina Hodson , Oren Uziel

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Vin Diesel Already Has His Perfect Fast & Furious Replacement Franchise With 51-Year-Old Remake


Vin Diesel’s dominance in Fast & Furious is ending, but Kojak could kick off a new action franchise for him.
Kojak’s reboot faces an uncertain future, but its similarity to Fast & Furious makes it a worthy project for Diesel.
Diesel’s potential shift from criminal racer to cop signifies a fresh start in a possible Fast & Furious-like series.

Vin Diesel’s days of playing Dominic Toretto are numbered, but the actor has already found his perfect Fast & Furious replacement. Diesel found a major breakout role in the early 2000s thanks to participating in The Fast and the Furious. The original 2001 street racing crime movie became the springboard for a sprawling franchise that has lasted for over two decades. The success of the Fast & Furious movies transformed Vin Diesel’s career, turning him into an even bigger star, especially in the action movie genre. But, Fast & Furious 11 is planned as the final chapter for him and the franchise.

The Fast & Furious franchise’s end will put Vin Diesel in an unfamiliar position of not having a major franchise to lean back on. This presents the actor with various options, such as changing the course of his career to pursue non-franchise roles. However, the more likely outcome is that Diesel will attempt to find a new IP that can replace Fast & Furious. He has had trouble in that regard recently, with franchises like xXx or Riddick running cold and Bloodshot and The Last Witch Hunter failing to launch franchises. There is another option for Diesel, though.

2:03 Vin Diesel as Dominic Toretto from The Fast & Furious Franchise

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Kojak Can Be Vin Diesel’s New Action Crime Franchise After Fast & Furious
Diesel Has Been Developing The Reboot Since 2015

The impending conclusion of the Fast & Furious franchise means it is finally time for Vin Diesel’s Kojak reboot to get off the ground. The project was announced back in 2015 with Diesel re-teaming with Universal Pictures, the studio behind Fast & Furious, to develop a movie based on Kojak. The original TV series starred Telly Savalas as Theo Kokaj and ran for three seasons after debuting in 1973. The series revolves around Kojak, a New York detective known for being willing to go beyond the law and a love for cars and lollipops, and follows him as he investigates different cases.

Kojak was rebooted in 2005 as a TV show starring Ving Rhames, but it only ran for six episodes

Development on Vin Diesel’s Kojak movie has not been very active in the nine years since it was announced. However, it still maintains the base similarities to Fast & Furious, which makes the project a worthwhile endeavor for Diesel in terms of finding a new action franchise. He would now have another big action series about cars and crime, essentially making Kojak into a newer version of Fast & Furious. The irony here is that Diesel takes on the role of a cop after playing criminal racer Dominic Toretto.

Vin Diesel’s Involvement Can Morph Kojak Into A Major Action Franchise
Kojak Could Be A Fast & Furious Clone
Telly Savalas talking on the phone in Kojak

Looking at the original TV show, Kojak might not necessarily project to be a major blockbuster action franchise akin to Fast & Furious. The TV series was relatively grounded and small due to the nature of its production. However, the fact that Diesel and Universal pinpointed this property as something they wanted to revive together is telling. The announcement of Kojak’s reboot came months after Furious 7 debuted in theaters and took the franchise to new heights at the box office and in terms of how ridiculously big the action and story could get.

It’s sometimes difficult to remember that Fast & Furious started off with a story about DVD thieves who were also street racers before Diesel helped turn it into something much bigger. With that experience and success already behind him, it would be understandable if a similar path was envisioned for Kojak. The series could then morph into a Fast & Furious clone, one that gives Vin Diesel a new franchise to headline and Universal a “fresh” action franchise to grow.

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The Rock’s WWE Run Means Fast & Furious 11 Must Make 1 Major Hobbs Change


Hobbs from Fast & Furious 11 needs a gritty edge like The Rock’s WWE character to keep the franchise fresh and exciting.
The Rock’s time away from the Fast & Furious universe provides the perfect reason for Hobbs to return with a personal vendetta and a more savage attitude.
While Hobbs shouldn’t become a full-fledged villain in Fast & Furious 11, adding some edginess and dirty tricks could make his character more intriguing and dynamic.

Fast & Furious 11 must make one major Hobbs change after The Rock’s incredible WWE run. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s WWE return surpassed his recent movies, with the actor creating some of the best work of his career. Having returned to a thunderous reception, The Rock was able to flip the crowd’s reception by becoming a heel and playing a major part in WrestleMania’s main events. The Rock hasn’t played a villain on screen for years, as even his depiction of Black Adam lent more into the character’s anti-hero side, which made his wrestling run all the more refreshing.

While his wrestling character may not perfectly translate into the Fast & Furious universe, there is one aspect of The Rock’s WWE run that the franchise should attempt to implement. After debuting in Fast Five, The Rock’s best Fast & Furious scenes helped contribute to the movie series becoming so popular, with Luke Hobbs becoming an instrumental part of the story. He was even given his own spinoff alongside Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) and is set to get a solo movie in the future. Despite this, Hobbs would still benefit from adding one key aspect of The Rock’s WWE run.

The Rock’s WWE Run Proves Fast & Furious 11 Needs To Give Hobbs More Of An Edge
Fast & Furious Would Benefit From Hobbs Adopting Some Of The Rock’s WWE Tendancies
Dwayne The Rock Johnson in Black Adam, WWE, and Hobbs and Shaw

Given how electrifying The Rock’s recent WWE run was, there is no doubt Fast & Furious 11 needs to give Hobbs more of an edge. Although the character has had his more serious moments, like most of the Fast & Furious cast, Hobbs tends to mix action with comedy. Hobbs and Shaw are supposed to be two of the more stoic heroes, yet they are constantly at each other’s throats and cracking jokes to help maintain the franchise’s lighthearted core. However, giving Hobbs a grittier side would help the character thrive upon his return.

The Rock’s Fast & Furious return may redeem Fast X’s box office, but the character needs to come back stronger than ever. By allowing him to be more ruthless, he can still maintain some elements of comedy but also become more interesting in the process. Johnson proved that despite being a detestable heel, he was still as hilarious as ever during his recent WWE tenure. This proves that he can maintain Fast & Furious’ tone and humorous style while being more layered; therefore, Hobbs adopting some of The Rock’s WWE characteristics could make him even more entertaining.

Fast & Furious Already Has A Reason For Hobbs To Be More Savage
Hobbs Has Been Away From The Franchise For Several Years

Making a major change to Hobbs’ character could be tough to explain, but Fast & Furious 11 already has a great reason to make him more savage. His four-year absence from the franchise gives him a perfect excuse to come back with a vengeance and potentially have a personal attachment to Fast & Furious 11’s villains. Hobbs’ time away from the main story could be explained through a connection to Fast X’s secondary villain, Aimes. Aimes’ villain twist in Fast X was well executed and suggests he’ll be around for the sequel, which is the perfect reason to bring back Hobbs.

Having a more personal story with one of the villains could allow Hobbs to continue his great quips and one-liners, but it would also give him more of an edge.

Fast X never explained why he’s back, but having a personal vendetta against Aimes could be an intriguing reason. Given Dom and Dante are the focal point of the franchise’s conclusion, Hobbs returning to take down Aimes would avoid overshadowing the main story while still giving him an interesting role. Having a personal story with one of the villains could allow Hobbs to continue his great quips and one-liners, while also giving him more of an edge. This provides The Rock with the perfect reason to implement some of his heel traits while still portraying a morally good hero.

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Why Fast & Furious Can’t Bring The Rock Back As A Villain
Hobbs Already Appeared As An Antagonist In Fast Five
A custom image featuring Dwayne Johnson as Luke Hobbs in the Fast and Furious movies Custom image by Debanjana Chowdhury

Although The Rock’s villainous tendencies worked well in the WWE, Fast & Furious can’t bring him back as an antagonist. Johnson already played the main villain of Fast Five, as Hobbs was originally an enemy of Dom and his crew before becoming an ally. Hobbs’ role in Fast Five was one of his best, but despite being the main antagonist, he always had a level of integrity. Dropping all of this to make him a villain in the final movie would be completely unnecessary, especially as the franchise needs him to remain a hero for his spinoff.

Fast & Furious 11 may end the main story, but The Rock will be part of the franchise beyond this, and altering his character so drastically wouldn’t make any sense. Instead, adding some extra edge to his character would have the same effect and would avoid stealing the thunder from Dante and Aimes. Although Fast & Furious 11 shouldn’t make him a villain, the film can still allow Hobbs to play dirty and pull some cheap tricks in order to show a grittier side, while letting him taunt his enemies when he inevitably helps save the day.

Fast & Furious 11
is scheduled to be released in theaters on April 4, 2025.

Fast and Furious 11 temp poster Fast and Furious 11 Fast and Furious 11 is the final movie in the Fast Saga. It reunites Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto with the rest of the cast for one last ride. However, the franchise is open for spinoff films like Hobbs & Shaw afterward.Director Louis Leterrier Release Date April 4, 2025 Distributor(s) Universal Pictures Writers Christina Hodson , Oren Uziel

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