Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, The Fast and the Furious

Vin Diesel Answers Michelle Rodriguez’s Call For More Women In The ‘Fast & Furious’ Franchise

Earlier this week, Michelle Rodriguez criticized The Fast and the Furious film franchise for its lack of gender diversity, pointing to the fact that the cast has remained predominantly male, since its 2001 debut with the original The Fast and the Furious. In fact, Michelle put her own position with the franchise on the line, proving just how serious she is about bringing in more women. Now, Vin Diesel is answering her ultimatum.

Michelle Rodriguez And Vin Diesel Talk Out The Gender Gap Ahead Of Fast & Furious 9

E! News reports that Michelle Rodriguez and Vin Diesel reunited this week, following the actress’ criticism over the lack of gender diversity in the Fast & Furious franchise. As the pair got together, Michelle thanked Vin for being one of the biggest supporters for women in film of those with whom she has personally worked.

Although this year’s The Fate of the Furious brought back Rodriguez and cast Charlize Theron as a villain, the film maintained its trend for being a testosterone driven action franchise. Michelle is eager to open the Fast & Furious franchise up to more women, often endorsing the idea that female characters can be just as exciting and compelling as any male character.

During their talk, Ms. Rodriguez emphasized that, while her previous remarks were directed at The Fast and the Furious franchise on the whole, she wasn’t including Diesel in her criticism.

Is Vin Diesel Promising To Give Michelle Rodriguez More Fast & Furious Women?

Too Fab reports that Vin Diesel never felt personally attacked by the comments made by Rodriguez and hinted that she would be happier with the casting of Fast & Furious 9, due out in 2019.

“Proud of Our saga… but we must try to reach higher each time,” Vin Diesel wrote in the caption for the video of his conversation with Michelle. “The challenge is what makes it fun and exciting. It’s also why this saga has reached the level that it has… you have been the best fans in film history and we are forever grateful… Dom and Letty.”

Maintaining as much of the original ensemble cast as possible, the Fast and the Furious franchise has established itself as a family with many of the film’s stars feeling like brothers and sisters toward one another. That feeling of family was no more apparent than when Paul Walker was tragically killed. In spite of whatever differences existed between the stars, the Fast & Furious family came together to mourn Walker and share their love for him.

Now, realizing Michelle Rodriguez is unhappy with the gender division of the franchise’s cast, big brother Vin Diesel is promising to step up and take care of Rodriguez’s concerns for Fast & Furious 9.

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