Entertainment Movies Vin Diesel Says Cardi B Will Return to 'Fast & Furious' Franchise in 'F10' : We're 'Excited' Cardi B stars as Leysa in F9, which hits theaters Friday By Jen Juneau Jen Juneau Twitter Jen Juneau is a digital news writer for PEOPLE since 2016. People Editorial Guidelines Published on June 23, 2021 12:59 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Vin Diesel (L); Cardi B. Photo: Getty (2) Cardi B is moving "Up" in the Fast & Furious franchise. The 28-year-old rapper — who appears in F9, out Friday — is already set to return to the wildly popular action-film series in the next installment, according to star Vin Diesel. "We are very much excited to evolve her character and to expand it to the finale," Diesel, 53, told Entertainment Tonight of Cardi, who plays Leysa in F9. "She made it just in time. She came in Fast 9 just in time." "I love Cardi ... she showed up and within a minute she's part of the family," director Justin Lin told the same outlet, saying he'd "work with her any day." "And I love how when I got together with her, her and Vin were talking about the character because she's actually really embedded into the overall universe," added Lin, 49. "She's been around for a long time and this is just the first time we are seeing her, so I'm really excited to explore that character of her." Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE's free daily newsletter to stay up-to-date on the best of what PEOPLE has to offer, from juicy celebrity news to compelling human-interest stories. Cardi B in F9. Vin Diesel Says Casting His Son Vincent, 10, in F9 Was Director's Idea: "I Can't Take the Credit" F9 is the "I Like It" hitmaker's second film after 2019's Hustlers, which she starred in as Diamond alongside Jennifer Lopez and Constance Wu. "I enjoy the checks," she joked about acting on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in October 2019, after teasing that she was about to start filming for a new movie. Later that month, Diesel shared the news that Cardi had joined F9 in an Instagram video, in which he said, "I know I'm exhausted. I literally — we all gave every single thing we could for this movie. Put it all on the table. Put it all out there." "I'm tired," the rapper added in agreement. "But I can't wait. I ain't gonna front, I think this is gonna be the best one." RELATED VIDEO: Jordana Brewster Says Fast & Furious Franchise Does "Wonderful Job" Highlighting Women Cardi previously opened up about her "powerful" and "strong" character in the film, saying in an on-set video shared to the franchise's YouTube channel earlier this month that it was a no-brainer for her to sign on. "Vin Diesel reached out and he was talking about a role. I'm like, 'It's freakin' Fast & Furious. Get me there — put me on a plane!' " she said. "I like the fact that I'm representing such a powerful, strong woman." "She's just that bitch," Cardi joked, laughing. "I remember when I saw Ludacris in Fast & Furious, when I saw Tego Calderón, then to see Don Omar, it makes the hood have hope." "Being around Vin, he's just so nice, so dope," she added. "He makes you feel so comfortable. I'm just so excited. He's just such a badass." F9 opens in theaters Friday.