Last month, Michelle Rodriguez revealed that she may have to consider leaving the Fast and the Furious franchise if the next film in the series does not give more prominent roles to the female characters. In an interview with Screen Rant, The Fate of the Furious director F. Gary Gray shared his own thoughts on Rodriguez’s comments, expressing his hope that the problems she has with the franchise will be addressed.
Gray also explained why he believes his entry in the franchise did a good job of giving substantial roles to women:
“First of all, I love Michelle. I love her. And I hope she finds some satisfaction moving forward. I personally can only speak for Fate of the Furious. I can only speak for the eighth installment and I personally feel like I think we did a pretty good job. Given how strong Charlize’s character is in Fate of the Furious – she was an amazing antagonist, hands down one of the best antagonists in the entire franchise. I had a blast working with Helen Mirren – the Queen came in and gave a cameo, I thought she was amazing. I actually enjoyed what Michelle delivered and also Natalie Emmanuel. I can’t speak to her personal feelings about the entire franchise because I’m only responsible for one, so I hope as this franchise grows and progresses she finds some satisfaction in how it all comes together, but I can only really speak to this one movie. And I think that the first female villain by Charlize who was amazing, I don’t know if you can include this in that complaint. I’m not really sure, maybe you can, but I don’t think so.”
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Now that Dom and Letty are on their honeymoon and Brian and Mia have retired from the game—and the rest of the crew has been exonerated—the globetrotting team has found a semblance of a normal life. But when a mysterious woman (Oscar® winner Charlize Theron) seduces Dom into the world of crime he can’t seem to escape and a betrayal of those closest to him, they will face trials that will test them as never before.
From the shores of Cuba and the streets of New York City to the icy plains off the arctic Barents Sea, our elite force will crisscross the globe to stop an anarchist from unleashing chaos on the world’s stage…and to bring home the man who made them a family.
Directed by F. Gary Gray, The film stars Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Dwayne Johnson, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Lucas Black, Kurt Russell, Jason Statham, Charlize Theron, Elsa Pataky, Nathalie Emmanuel, Scott Eastwood, Kristofer Hivju and Helen Mirren.
The Fate of the Furious Fast is now available on Digital HD and will be released on UHD, Blu-Ray and DVD on July 11.
Source: Screen Rant