It's been just a few days since Fast & Furious actress Michelle Rodriguez went off on social media about the state of the long-running franchise, noting that the ladies in the movies, including herself, really deserve more time to shine and that she might quit if that doesn't happen. This weekend, she and her co-star Vin Diesel took to social media again to address the recent drama. You can check out the cute video, below.
In the text of the post, Vin Diesel seems to agree with Michelle Rodriguez about the state of the franchise, noting that the main goal for Fast & Furious 9 is to try to achieve a higher level. But in the video, Michelle Rodriguez makes it clear that she wasn't talking about Vin Diesel at all when she expressed a feeling that the ladies in the movies have been unappreciated. She said:
Vin, for many years you've been the biggest supporter of strong women. I've always appreciated that about you throughout the years and just know that if I ever post anything, that it's not you I'm talking to.
Vin jokingly responded, "Of course it's not me," to her comments. However, it doesn't surprise us that he may want to get ahead of the notion, as a lot of drama ahead of The Fate of the Furious' release came because of some perceived drama between Vin Diesel and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. If Vin has nothing to do with why Michelle Rodriguez is upset and is friendly with the actress, it's not a huge shock he'd want to come out and support her.
If you've kept tabs on the Fast & Furious movies over the years, you probably are already aware that Michelle Rodriguez's character Letty is the female with the most character development, staying power and autonomy in the films. Other female characters in the movies have died, and Jordana Brewster's Mia Toretto was basically displaced after Paul Walker's untimely passing. Even Charlize Theron, who was introduced as another badass female in The Fate of the Furious, had less to do in terms of stunts and screen time than some of her male counterparts. F. Gary Gray, who directed The Fate of the Furious, has spoken on record to say he feels that his film at least did a good job with women. So, we'll have to wait and see if Rodriguez is able to negotiate to get what she wants.
We already know that at least two more Fast & Furious movies are in the works and have release dates, so we'll at least be getting 9 and 10. Whether Michelle Rodriguez will be back for another round remains to be seen. Fast & Furious 9 is expected to hit theaters on April 19, 2019. To find out what else we know about the upcoming movies, head here.