Michelle Rodriguez Gave Original Fast & Furious Writers a Reality Check That Changed Everything

Posted on May 04 2021 @ 20:05 PM BST

When it comes to macho male characters, you can't get much more macho than the main cast of the Fast & Furious saga. But the series has also introduced a number of strong female characters. That was not the case from the start. In an oral history of the franchise for EW, Jordana Brewster, who plays the role of Mia Toretto, revealed that Michelle Rodriguez almost passed on the role of Letty Ortiz, girlfriend-turned-wife of Dominic Toretto, the main character of the series played by Vin Diesel.

The original movie that started everything, The Fast and the Furious, was a very grounded and gritty affair, exploring the underground drag racing scene in Los Angeles. According to Rodriguez, the role of Letty was at first quite one-dimensional, who only existed in the script to serve as eye candy next to Dom and his crew. Fortunately, the writers listened to Rodriguez's input regarding the character.

With each new movie in the franchise, Letty has gone from strength to strength. An all-female Fast & Furious movie is currently in the works in which Rodriguez's character will take the lead. In a previous interview, Michelle Rodriguez had confirmed that the upcoming Fast & Furious 9 also features a strong showing by the female characters.

Directed by Justin Lin, Fast & Furious 9 stars Vin Diesel, John Cena, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, Jordana Brewster, Nathalie Emmanuel, and Sung Kang, with Helen Mirren, Charlize Theron, and Cardi B. The film arrives in theaters on Friday, June 25, 2021. This news first appeared in Entertainment Weekly.

Topics: Fast and Furious