Michelle Rodriguez has had enough, and I don’t blame her. Unless the “Fast and Furious” franchise adds some more badass ladies to the good guys team, Rodriguez is done with it altogether. The actress is known for her role in the action-packed franchise, which has been seriously lacking in the female department. Rodriguez’s character Letty Ortiz is one of the only women left alive in the franchise. Shockingly, Gal Gadot (“Wonder Woman”) and Charlize Theron (“Young Adult”) were killed off in two previous films. Rodriguez is also one of the only two original cast members of the action franchise. Her departure would leave Vin Diesel as the last man standing.
Rodriguez announced her stance via her Instagram, where she said in a recent photo caption:
F8 is out digitally today, I hope they decide to show some love to the women of the franchise on the next one. Or I just might have to say goodbye to a loved franchise. It’s been a good ride & Im grateful for the opportunity the fans & studio have provided over the years… One Love ??❤️???✨???
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F8 is out digitally today, I hope they decide to show some love to the women of the franchise on the next one. Or I just might have to say goodbye to a loved franchise. It's been a good ride & Im grateful for the opportunity the fans & studio have provided over the years… One Love 🤘🏼❤️🤗🙏🦄✨🌍🙊🤔
The move isn’t exactly a surprise, as Rodriguez has been concerned about the lack of women in “Fast and Furious” for years. In a group interview with the ladies of “The Fate of the Furious,” Rodriguez told EW what she’d like to see going forward with the franchise:
First and foremost, bringing some more women on the good team, not just bringing an amazing actress to play the bad guy, and having more female camaraderie, having women do things independently outside of what the boys are doing — that is truly the voice of female independence… I’ve been making movies with Jordana [Brewster], who plays the sister of Dom Toretto, for 16 years and I can count on one hand how many lines I’ve had to her. I think that’s pathetic and it’s lack of creativity… You’re going to see a bunch of really bad movies written by men about women and it’s because they realized, finally, that it makes money, so hopefully, it’s a call to arms. It’s a call to arms to the women to step up and step into fields that they never really considered before, like action. What I would do is I would have a guy write the franchise because it’s a very big, highly-paced, action-adventure ride…Then, I’d have a girl come in and write out that dialogue because the guys suck at it. I’ve been rewriting my lines forever.
Here’s hoping that Universal Pictures, the co-producers and distributors of the “Fast and Furious,” listen to Rodriguez.