Michelle Rodriguez talks taking the backseat in future Fast & Furious spin-offs

While Michelle Rodriguez pushed for a female-led Fast & Furious spin-off, she feels Letty should not be in the driver’s seat.

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Fast X raced into theaters with the promise of being the first in a two-part conclusion to the racing-turned-super spy franchise. Jason Momoa was added to the cast and injected some fresh and charismatic blood into the series. The family’s patriarch, Vin Diesel, who wears the hat of a producer in the film, has stated that bringing the main series to 11 movies is his tribute to his late friend and co-star, Paul Walker. But the billion-dollar franchise would be hard to drive away from for both producers and the studio.

While there have been plans to extend the series into further spin-offs (the first attempt gave Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham their own adventure with Fast & Furious presents: Hobbs & Shaw), CinemaBlend reports that Michelle Rodriguez is ready to exit the driver’s seat for the new generation. While the cast spoke with Variety, Rodriguez gave some details on her feelings about her involvement with the future entries, “You pass the baton on. You take the back seat. You go passenger side. When it comes to the next generation, you have to. It’s the only way to let them define the future.”

Diesel has previously stated his plans about doing a female-centric spin-off of the series that it was assumed Rodriguez may have played a role in. Now that Fast X has revealed the return of Gal Gadot to the franchise, and Gadot no longer having the Wonder Woman series to occupy her schedule, there is a possibility that she could crossover with a new cast. It was also revealed that the franchise had intended to bring her back in cameos with previous films, but while they shot scenes with her, they were ultimately cut from the films. Diesel would state, “We have shot other things a long time ago that might not have fit that specific movie as a finale. Doing tags is a very tricky thing because you want your great talent but at the same time you have to be very careful to maintain the emotional state of your audience at the end of the movie. So that’s what you’re juggling.”

Source: CinemaBlend, Variety

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