Back in 2017, Michelle Rodriguez raised questions about her continued involvement in the Fast & Furious franchise, stating that she was disappointed by the series’ representation of its female characters and that: “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.”
A couple of months back, Rodriguez suggested that she was still undecided about a return, but it seems she’s now made up her mind and will indeed be reprising the role of Letty in Fast & Furious 9.
“I felt like there was not enough of a female voice in the franchise,” said Rodriguez at the Bloomberg Future of Equality Summit in London (via Collider), revealing that she has agreed to return in exchange for an as-yet-unrevealed female writer being brought in to the franchise. “You should evolve with the times, not just pander to certain demographics that are stuck [in the past].”
Fast & Furious 9 is being directed by franchise veteran Justin Lin, and is slated for release on May 22nd 2020. Rodriguez joins the returning Vin Diesel, while it has also been announced that John Cena (Bumblebee) will be joining the franchise in an as-yet-unrevealed role.