Can you imagine a new “Fast & Furious” movie without Michelle Rodriguez?
The 38-year-old actress has appeared in the beloved franchise since 2001, but when “The Fate of the Furious” was digitally released on Tuesday, she took to Instagram to send a clear message about why she may not return for the already announced ninth and tenth installments. As fans of the franchise know, Rodriguez has portrayed the role of Letty in five of the eight films.
“F8 is out digitally today,” Rodriguez captioned a collage of behind-the-scenes pics snapped on set. “I hope they decide to show some love to the women of the franchise on the next one. Or I just might have to say goodbye to a loved franchise.”
“It’s been a good ride & I’m grateful for the opportunity the fans & studio have provided over the years,” she continued. “One Love.”
Fans were quick to comment on the post, with many begging her not to leave. Others praised her for her courage to stand up for the “bada** ‘Furious’ chicks,” writing things like, “You’re right. We need more girl power in Fast 9!! Letty represents that,” “We as fans recognize you as THE ONE and only. You give ‘Fast’ life, we love you,” and “I have faith that they will, @mrodofficial. I have a strong feeling the next one will hinge on the women to save the day.”
When ET caught up with Rodriguez last September, she had nothing but praise for “Fast 8’s” newest female villain, Cipher, portrayed by Charlize Theron. However, even back then she still felt like the franchise needed more women.
“Charlize Theron is, I think, the most powerful villain this franchise has ever seen,” she gushed. “In order for me to be a part of the franchise in the future, they need to up the ante on the females. I mean, it’s like a sausage factory in this thing.”
“I just need some more feminine energy,” she added. “We need some more women on the good side.”
Rodriguez has since taken to Instagram while reuniting with co-star Vin Diesel to thank him for all the support.
The actress wanted to clear the air to their fans that her comments about the franchise were not directed at Diesel.
“Vin, for many years you’ve been the biggest supporter of strong women,” she said. “And I’ve always appreciated that about you throughout the years. And just know if I ever post anything, that’s not you I’m talking to.”
“Of course it’s not me,” Diesel chimes in.
“Proud of our saga… but we must try to reach high each time,” Diesel captioned the video. “The challenge is what makes it fun and exciting. Its also why this saga has reached the level it has… you have been the best fans in film history and we are forever grateful… Dom and Letty.”
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