With Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson saying he is likely wouldn't be back for Fast & Furious 9, Michelle Rodriguez has added her name to the list of those who are now questionable to return to the next movie in the series.
"I don’t know if I’m coming back. I have to read the script first. Once I read the script, I’ll know," Rodriguez told CinemaBlend. "When I read the script—and I hope that it’s inclusive—then I’ll agree to come back or not. My energy is completely directed toward the feminine right now and supporting women. I’ve spent most of my life shooting guns, and hanging out with the boys, and watching them scratch their balls, and smelling protein-mixed farts. And now I’m feeling the poetry and the beauty and the sensuality of women, and the power we bring together. So they need to show more love to the women. I don’t know which direction it’s going to go. But I know that I’m headed in that direction. We’ll see if that all matches."
When The Fate of the Furious hit theaters, Rodriguez was not very happy about the way things were going in the franchise. She was vocal about her dislike for how female characters were treated in the movies. Seeing as how most trailers promoting the films focus on fast cars and scantily clad women, that is understandable.
It also doesn't help that the main women have been girlfriends/sisters such as Jordanna Brewster's Mia, or casualties along the way, such as Gal Gadot's Gisele. The only woman to really make a difference was Letty -- someone who was tough enough to stand up to the testosterone-filled the set.
The direction of her movie career shows that change towards "the feminine." Rodriguez appeared in Steve McQueen's Widows, which featured a strong female cast that also included Viola Davis, Elizabeth Debicki and Carrie Coon as widows of thieves who set out to pull off a major heist of their own.
Next up is for Rodriguez is her role in Robert Rodriguez's Alita: Battle Angel. The movie is about a female warrior -- a machine with a human's mind. Rodriguez portrays Gelda, a cyborg warrior from Mars who trained Alita. Seeing as how James Cameron produced the movie, it is a good bet we see strong women on display.
Fast & Furious 9 will be helmed by Justin Lin, who directed the third, fourth, fifth and sixth entries in the Fast & Furious franchise. Fast & Furious 9 is slated for a 2020 release.