Fast Five wound up being one of 2011’s most unexpected pleasures, so hopefully we’re in for a treat when the first footage from Justin Lin‘s Fast and Furious 6 (or whatever it winds up being called) airs during the Super Bowl this weekend.

To prep fans for the unveiling, Universal has finally released an official synopsis explaining just what Dom (Vin Diesel), Brian (Paul Walker), Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson), and the rest of the gang will be up to in the new film — and how exactly Luke Evans‘ villain and the presumed-dead Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) factor in. Read it after the jump.

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Old people begin and end today’s Sequel Bits, which include updates on Red 2 and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2. After the jump:

  • The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is getting sequelized (as The Second-Best Exotic Marigold Hotel?)
  • Eli Roth is interested in The Man With the Iron Fists 2
  • Producer Gregg Wilson chats about the status of Bond 24
  • Ian McKellen details his decision to return for The Hobbit
  • Look at two more photos from The Fast and the Furious 6
  • See new pics from the London-as-Moscow set of Red 2

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Is it time to look ahead to 2013 already? After the jump:

  • The Hangover 3 will shoot in Orange County, CA
  • Paul Walker is recovering from a Fast Six injury
  • Monsters Inc.‘s Mike is Billy Crystal‘s favorite role
  • Liam Neeson collected $10 million for Taken 2
  • Matt Damon probably won’t play Bourne again
  • Roberto Orci defends the one-second Star Trek clip
  • Over-the-hill movie stars team up in Red 2 set photos
  • See a new photo from Wrong Turn 5: Bloodlines

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With the exception of Machete Kills, which is a sequel to 2010 film, everything in today’s Sequel Bits is pretty old school, featuring characters or properties that have been around at least a decade. After the jump:

  • Joss Whedon talks a little bit about The Avengers 2
  • Bruce Campbell says the new Evil Dead is “fabulous”
  • Production resumes on Iron Man 3 after RDJ‘s injury
  • Benedict Cumberbatch reveals when we’ll see Smaug
  • Bobby Farrelly spills Dumb and Dumber 2 plot details
  • Marko Zaror joins Machete Kills, see his character poster
  • See Paul Walker and Vin Diesel on the Fast Six set

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Today’s action-packed Sequel Bits includes updates on Independence Day 2, The Expendables 2, Fast and the Furious 6, and more. After the jump:

  • Dean Devlin says they’ve “cracked” Independence Day 2
  • Skunks invade the New England set of Grown Ups 2
  • Karl Urban would be happy to play Dredd in a sequel
  • Fast Six adds model Clara Paget as a gun-toting sidekick
  • A new featurette goes behind the scenes of Expendables 2

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Today’s edition of Sequel Bits is particularly chatty, as everyone has a little something to say about their next big project. After the jump:

  • Adam McKay teases a minor Anchorman 2 detail
  • Steve Carell talks about reprising his role as Brick
  • Fast & Furious 6 gets an early bit of marketing
  • Tom Cruise is still excited to fly jets in Top Gun 2
  • Lucas Till lobbies for Polaris in X-Men: First Class 2
  • Simon Pegg promises more of the Enterprise in Star Trek 2
  • Damon Lindelof discusses the film’s “nuanced” villain
  • Chris Pine thinks Trek 2 is really about the characters

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With the smashing success of last year’s Fast Five, Universal’s been eager to keep moving forward with its popular Fast and the Furious franchise. A Fast Six was in the works before Fast Five even hit theaters, and for the past several months the rumor’s been that Fast Six and Fast Seven would tell an interconnecting story and shoot back-to-back this year.

But as so often happens in Hollywood, it seems things may have changed. According to the series’ newest superstar lead, Dwayne Johnson, Fast Six is gearing up for a May start — but Fast Seven won’t get going for a little while yet. Read his comments after the jump.

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For their latest installment, Fast FiveThe Fast and the Furious franchise brought back a slew of actors from previous films including Vin Diesel and Paul Walker, and then added a huge action star in the form of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Now the next film in the series may expand the family by one more, and no, I’m not talking about Walker and Jordana Brewster‘s unnecessary subplot baby.

A rumor has surfaced that The Transporter star Jason Statham is in very early talks to board the franchise. The same report also suggests that if Statham does sign on, he may be getting to work sooner rather than earlier, as the next two installments in the series (tentatively titled Fast Six and Fast Seven) may shoot back to back throughout next year. More details after the jump.

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Briefly: The sixth movie in the Fast & Furious franchise isn’t much more than an early script draft right now, but it already has a release date. Universal has just claimed May 24 2013, aka Memorial Day ’13, like Marvin the Martian spiking a flag into a planetoid, crying out “I claim this date in the name of cars!” (Shoot me now. I demand that you shoot me now!) Justin Lin is likely to direct, making this his fourth film in the series, and we know that it will carry forward the Ocean’s 11 vibe that was introduced in the most recent episode. Chris Morgan, who penned the last three films, is writing this one, too.

Fast & Furious 6 isn’t a very elegant title, though. Too bad The Fast and the Furry-ous is already taken. (Universal also dated R.I.P.D., with Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges, for June 28, 2013.) [Deadline]