Rumors of Jessica Cruz taking the lead as opposed to Hal Jordan or John Stewart in the DC / Warner Bros. Justice League films and the 2020 reboot of Green Lantern have been making their rounds across the internet as of late. Further, Michelle Rodriguez has been one of the names that's been tossed around as the woman who may embody the bearer of the Power Ring. In response to the rumors, Rodriguez recently shared her blunt thoughts on why she isn't at all interested in filling Cruz's shoes... and she said a lot.
Not one to hold back her thoughts, Michelle Rodriguez seemed delighted to express her disinterest in playing the role of Jessica Cruz. She didn't stop there, though, as the 36-year-old Latina actress' words spoke on a broader level on the issue of diversity in Hollywood. On playing the role of Green Lantern Jessica Cruz, she told TMZ:
That's the dumbest thing I ever heard. I think it's so stupid because of this whole minorities in Hollywood thing. It's so stupid. Stop stealing all the white people's superheroes. Make up your own. What's up with that?
After realizing she may not have been all that clear with her statement, Rodriguez posted a second, much longer and more thorough, video to her Facebook, explaining her "tendency to speak without a filter." This is what she had to say:
There are many cultures in Hollywood that are not white that can come up with their own mythology. We all get it from the same reservoir of life, the fountain of life-It doesn't matter what culture you come from. ...Instead of trying to turn a girl character into a guy or instead of trying to turn a white character into a black character or a latin character, I think that people should stop being lazy and that people should actually make an effort in Hollywood to develop their own mythology. It's time to stop-stop trying to take what's already there and try to fit a culture into it. I think that it's time for us to write our own mythology and our own story, every culture. So that's what I really meant and I'm sorry if it came off rude or stupid. It's not what I meant.
While many people in Hollywood have championed for more diverse casting of the traditionally white superheroes, the Furious 7 star is obviously not one of them. Not sure where the actress' problems lie with her playing the Hispanic Jessica Cruz, but nonetheless she has opened a conversation that many feel strongly about.
With all of the Big Seven characters expected in The Justice League Part One, only six have, thus far, been cast. Superman (Henry Cavill), Batman (Ben Affleck), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), Aquaman (Jason Momoa), Flash (Ezra Miller) and Cyborg (Ray Fisher) are all set in stone, leaving only Green Lantern yet to be announced. What do you think? Would Michelle Rodriguez be a good fit for Jessica Cruz? Or alternatively, do you think Warner Bros. should go stick with Hal Jordan or even go the route of Guy Gardner or John Stewart... the lattermost likely being played by Tyrese Gibson?