Just when you thought Fast and Furious franchise may need to put it in park, it appears the films which have all centered around street racing, crime, money and sex appeal, may be switching lanes. Vin Diesel, one of the original stars of the franchise, took to social media recently to reveal that an all-female casted version of the movie is currently in development for Universal Pictures.
Michelle Rodriguez will reappear in her role as “Letty” but is unclear if other actresses such as Jordana Brewster and Elsa Patasky will reprise their roles. In the past Michelle Rodriguez has been very vocal about the need for films to feature females in positions of power typically identified as roles for men. She told Entertainment Weekly that a female presence in these types of films should be normalized and should include more than playing the “pretty girlfriend” or “token tomboy”:
“First and foremost, bringing some more women on the good team, not just bringing an amazing actress to play the bad guy, and having more female camaraderie, having women do things independently outside of what the boys are doing — that is truly the voice of female independence.”
“Now, having girls run around and do a bunch of really cool stuff, that’s great, it’s wonderful, but we never talk to each other. It’s very rare that they even look at each other. I’ve been making movies with Jordana [Brewster], 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. I think that’s pathetic and its lack of creativity. Guys don’t know what girls talk about. They think that girls just sit around talking about guys and it’s a sad truth of men being the dominant writers in Hollywood.”
All that I know is that someone better get Lupita Nyong’o on the line after that gas pedal action she gave in Black Panther. Don’t forget that sistas can appreciate a stick shift sometimes too.
There’s no production schedule or release date for the all-female film just yet, but Fast and Furious 9 is set to hit theaters in April 2020.