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Michelle Rodriguez Threatens to Quit ‘Fast & Furious’ Movies Over Female Roles

There have been few things more constant in the Fast & Furious universe over the last 16 years than Michelle Rodriguez. Other than Vin Diesel, she’s the only main cast member from the original film to appear in the franchise’s latest installment, The Fate of the Furious. But with movies 9 and 10 already on the horizon, is it possible we’ve seen the last of Letty Ortiz?

Fast 8 was officially released this week for digital downloads, and Rodriguez marked the occasion by posting an ultimatum on her Instagram account—more prominent roles for female characters, or she’s out. Though the franchise has added a bevvy of high-profile female actresses during its evolution from a street racing drama to the wildest ride this side of a Marvel movie, most of those have been supporting parts, or one-and-done characters. 

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It’s also true that the Fast & Furious movies feature a much more diverse cast than your average summer blockbuster overall, but it’s hard to deny that the male characters drive most of the action, while women like Rodriguez or Jordana Brewster aren’t as prominently featured in the main plots. And speaking of those two specifically, Rodriguez previously pointed out the tiny number of on-screen interactions they’ve shared despite working together for almost two decades.

 

“I’ve been making movies with Jordana, who plays the sister of Dom Toretto, for 16 years and I can count on one hand how many lines I’ve had to her,” she said to Entertainment Weekly. “I think that’s pathetic and it’s [a] lack of creativity.”

Fast 9 will hit theaters sometime in 2019—we’ll be watching to see if Rodriguez (or Charlize Theron’s evil Cipher from Fast 8) makes a return.

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http://www.thedrive.com/news/11938/michelle-rodriguez-threatens-to-quit-fast-furious-movies-over-female-roles

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Vin Diesel Makes Heartfelt Tribute to Paul Walker at MTV Movie & TV Awards

During Sunday night’s MTV Movie and TV Awards, Fast and Furious bandleader Vin Diesel and his squad of action stars received the Generation Award. During his acceptance speech, Diesel took a moment to remember the massive (and massively popular) franchise’s past, as fellow Furious actors Gal Gadot, Tyrese Gibson, Jordana Brewster, and Michelle Rodriguez joined him onstage.

“In 2002, I was standing on this stage and MTV had given Paul Walker and I an award for best duo,” Diesel recounted. “And now, 15 years later, I’m with my whole family and you’ve given us the Generation Award.” Walker passed away in a car accident in 2013.

 

“I gotta thank a generation that was willing to accept this multicultural franchise, where it didn’t matter what color your skin was or what country you were from. When you’re family, you’re family,” Diesel added. “And I could never stand on this stage and talk about Fast and Furious without giving love to my brother Pablo, our brother Pablo. We hope you’re proud.”

The latest installment in the mega-series, which came out in April, broke box office records in its premiere weekend, raking in an estimated $532.5 million; by the end of the month, it had crossed $1 billion in ticket sales. It’s the first Furious movie to not feature Walker, although his legacy clearly still looms large when it comes to the the beloved action-packed franchise, and the next film is already slated for a 2019 release.

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http://time.com/4770533/vin-diesel-paul-walker-mtv-awards/

The Final Two Fast And Furious Movies Will Bring In Han, Here’s What We Know

Justice for Han. It became a rallying cry for die-hard Fast & Furious fans following the resolution of the latest chapter, The Fate of the Furious. As the story concludes, Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) reunites with his family, explaining that the presence of his infant son is the reason why he had to go rogue and help a cyber terrorist known as Cipher (Charlize Theron). But in that close-knit group of confidantes? Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham), the man who — just two movies ago — took out Han (Sung Kang), a former member of Dom’s crew. Was the notion of “family” expressed by Dom and his team a lie? Fast screenwriter Chris Morgan mulls that important question over in a recent interview, promising fans:

Justice for Han. I think you’ll learn a lot more about it, and I don’t know if that hashtag will be the appropriate one to put on it down the road. But I can tell you this: We will definitely be talking more about Han.

The Fate of the Furious, directed by F. Gary Gray, is now being positioned as the start of a new trilogy of Fast & Furious films, which would take the series through Fast 10. If you step back and ask why, the answer might be money. Fate broke records when it opened globally a few days back, and Hollywood rarely kills a cash cow.

But the interviews between the L.A. Times and key Fast & Furious members suggest that they are NOT taking the murder of Han lightly, and just as producer Neal Moritz told us that future installments will address Shaw’s role in the killing, that sentiment is echoed by Chris Morgan, who explains:

Look, I am literally the biggest Han/Sung Kang fan in the world. But I would say this. From the initial conceit of Deckard, I’ve never really thought of him as a bad guy. He was definitely against our team but he’s a guy with a code who loves his family.

Jason Statham also hears the concerns of fans. And he, too, believes that there are important details yet to tell. The action superstar tells the Times:

That whole episode has not fully detailed exactly what happened. I’m not going to say anything more than that! But [writer-producer Chris Morgan] likes to annoy the fans and please the fans and get all these angry protests. So, more to come.

And likely sooner rather than later. With The Fate of the Furious cleaning up at the box office, and the feud between The Rock and Vin Diesel on the backburner (for now), production on Fast & Furious 9 should get underway before too long. There were release dates announced for parts 9 and 10, but they have not been confirmed by the studio in some time. For more information on Upcoming 2017 Movies, head over to the link on those words.

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http://www.cinemablend.com/news/1649599/the-final-two-fast-and-furious-movies-will-bring-in-han-heres-what-we-know