Fast & Furious 9 Star Michelle Rodriguez Had Major Stipulation For Return

Fast & Furious 9 star Michelle Rodriguez was previously uncertain if she'd return to the franchise due its depiction of women. Series star Vin Diesel spoke to Rodriguez directly about the issue, and it seems they've worked things out.

Bloomberg reports Rodriguez signed on for the upcoming movie with the situation a female writer join the production. “I felt like there was not enough of a female voice in the franchise,” Rodriguez said at the Bloomberg Equality Summit in London on Thursday. "You should evolve with the times, not just pander to certain demographics that are stuck in the past."

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Rodriguez also revealed that she shared very few scenes with other female actors in the Fast & Furious movies. Her character, Letty, has been a franchise mainstay since the first film, but she has had little interaction with other women in the series like Jordana Brewster, Gal Gadot, Charlize Theron and Ronda Rousey.

"Like Jordana, who played the sister," Rodriguez said. "I’ve been in the franchise for 16 years, and I can count on both hands how many times we’ve actually had a conversation on screen, and I thought that was pathetic."

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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.

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