Michelle Rodriguez has revealed that she might be dropping out of the Fast & Furious franchise if the ongoing film series doesn’t start to give the female characters more prominent roles beginning with the next installment which is already dated for release on April 19, 2019.
To celebrate the Digital HD release of The Fate of the Furious, the actress best known for her portrayal as Letty Ortiz in the Fast franchise took Instagram to share a collage of images of herself alongside co-stars Vin Deisel as well as Nathalie Emmanuel, as she delivered a very candid and important message to the creative minds behind the franchise while also expressing her gratitude to have been part of the ongoing film series since its debut in 2001 with The Fast and the Furious.
You can check out Rodriguez’s post below.
Rodriguez’s dissatisfaction with the current state of female characters in the high-octane franchise comes as no great surprise. Although the plot revolved around her character in Fast & Furious as well as Fast & Furious 6 — the former of which she only saw a few minutes of screen time — the series has been light on female characters compared to the number of male co-stars since the sixth installment after it became more of an ensemble piece in Fast Five. With the death of Gal Gadot’s Gisele and Jordana Brewster’s Mia being sidelined before ultimately being written out given the tragic loss of Paul Walker, the franchise has been left with only Rodriguez and Emmanuel’s Ramsey as major female playesr in the series — not counting Elsa Pataky’s cameo as Elena in Furious 7, and her brief but important role in Fate.
The Fate of the Furious did, however, introduce Helen Mirren as the mother of the Shaw brothers and Charlize Theron as the anarchist Cipher who may be returning for a future spinoff of the franchise so hope that Rodriguez will remain a staple of the Fast franchise is not lost yet.
The film stars Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Chris Bridges, Tyrese Gibson, Natalie Emmanuel, Lucas Black, Kristofer Hijvu, with Kurt Russel, Charlize Theron, and Helen Mirren. Here’s the official synopsis:
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.
The Fate of the Furious is now available on Digital HD and will be followed by the UHD, Blu-Ray and DVD release on July 11. You can check out our review of the film here.
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