'Fast and Furious' Star Michelle Rodriguez Threatens to Leave Franchise Unless 'Some Love' for Female Characters Is Shown - NBC Connecticut

'Fast and Furious' Star Michelle Rodriguez Threatens to Leave Franchise Unless 'Some Love' for Female Characters Is Shown

Michelle Rodriguez points to a lack of interaction among female characters as an issue in the film series

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    (Published Wednesday, June 28, 2017)

    The "Fast and Furious" franchise may have to update its storylines if it wants to keep its lead female actress.

    Actress Michelle Rodriguez threatened to leave the billion dollar "Fast and Furious" franchise if the movies do not begin placing greater importance on female characters in an Instagram post on Tuesday.

    "I hope they decide to show some love to the women of the franchise on the next one," the actress wrote on the social media platform. "Or I just might have to say goodbye to a loved franchise."

    Rodriguez points to a lack of interaction among female characters as an issue in the film series, according to the New York Daily News. Actresses including Gal Gadot, Charlize Theron, and Helen Mirren have been added to the cast throughout the franchise. Rodriguez's character Letty Ortiz is the love interest of Vin Diesel’s character Dominic Toretto.

    The franchise began in 2001 and most recently released its eighth film, "The Fate of the Furious," in April 2017.