With The Fate of the Furious being released digitally this week, actress Michelle Rodriguez took to Instagram to celebrate … and also deliver a message to Universal about female representation in the series, an issue that she claims may push her to exit the franchise altogether.
“F8 is out digitally today, I hope they decide to show some love to the women of the franchise on the next one,” wrote Rodriguez. “Or I just might have to say goodbye to a loved franchise. It’s been a good ride & Im [sp] grateful for the opportunity the fans & studio have provided over the years… One Love.”
While the Fast & Furious films have been lauded for their cast diversity over the years, the female members of the cast have arguably been marginalized. Despite the inclusion of Charlize Theron and Helen Mirren in The Fate of the Furious, actress Jordana Brewster had her role cut in the wake of Paul Walker’s death, while Elsa Pataky’s Elena Nives may be the most mistreated character in the franchise, with her arc ending with a bullet in the head in the last film.
This isn’t the first time Rodriguez has taken the series to task for its lack of female representation. In an interview with Australia’s Herald Sun earlier this year, the actress pointed out that “three girls and 20 dudes is a sausage factory” in reference to the ratio of men and women in the cast. Ironically, ticket sales for the series are almost evenly split across gender.
Two more films are planned in the Fast & Furious franchise right now and Rodriguez is presumably attached to star in both. It will be interesting to see whether she seriously intends to leave the franchise behind or not.