Michelle Rodriguez Refused To Do ‘Fast & Furious 9’ Until A Female Screenwriter Was Hired
For 18 years, Dominican-Puerto Rican actress Michelle Rodriguez has been a mainstay in the popular “The Fast and the Furious” franchise. Present in all previous 8 films, Rodriguez has long lent her acting chops to one of the biggest franchises in Hollywood and raked in quite a paycheck from it. Still, despite the fan devotion to the series and all of the money it has earned her, the Latina was willing to put it all on the line in exchange for a female writer for its 9th installment.
According to Collider, the actress recently spoke about refusing to be in the franchise if big changes weren’t made.
“I felt like there was not enough of a female voice in the franchise,” Rodriguez said. “You should evolve with the times, not just pander to certain demographics that are stuck.”
It’s not the first time the actress talked about wanting to see more female writers and characters onset.
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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In 2017, Rodriguez told fans she was considering exiting from the series when she shared a post to her Instagram, expressing her love for the franchise but dissatisfaction with the lack of female representation.
“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.”
Rodriguez’s character Letty has been a beloved character in the franchise but has not given the opportunity to fully form since attention is often lent to Vin Diesel’s and other male characters.
Check out Rodriguez’s interview here.
“Fast & Furious 9” does not currently have a release date, but production is set to begin this year.