With Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson saying he 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. Following the 2017 release of The Fate of the Furious the actress was vocal with her disappointment on the treatment of the series’ female characters. That parked uncertainty on whether she’d return to play Letty. Here’s a recent update on her thoughts:
“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.”
Let’s hope the Fast and Furious 9 writers took her concerns into consideration when penning the script. The upcoming installment, to be directed by Justin Lin, is set for a 2020 release. That’s following the spinoff Hobbs & Shaw, starring Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham, which debuts in theaters this summer. The unlikely pair may not appear in Fast 9 either due to their attachments in the spinoff.
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.
Hobbs & Shaw will be released in cinemas on August 2, 2019. Fast & Furious 9 is set to be released in cinemas on April 20, 2020.