Michelle Rodriguez is ready to step out of the driver’s seat for the ‘Fast and Furious’ franchise.
The ‘Fast X’ star said that despite the slew of spinoffs in co-star and producer Vin Diesel’s works, she won’t be starring.
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“You pass the baton. You take the back seat,” Rodriguez told Variety on the Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project Block Party red carpet. “You go on the passenger side. When he (be) comes the next generation, you must. It’s the only way to let them define the future.
Diesel has confirmed that several spinoffs are being discussed, including the long-awaited female-fronted standalone film.
“I started developing the female spinoff in 2017 with other spinoffs, and the sooner I deliver the finale, the sooner I can launch all the spinoffs,” Diesel said, quoting the end of the two-part franchise…for now.
Diesel previously teased a possible 12th film at the ‘Fast X’ premiere, saying Universal asked him to make ”Fast X: The Finale’ a trilogy.
Now Diesel is putting the commentary into reverse.
“Look how many characters and great talents there are in the movie. There was no way I could achieve that unless I had everyone for five seconds,” Diesel told Variety. “These characters are attractive and we need to see more of them… It’s bittersweet to think of a final.”
Diesel also addressed the fact that Gal Gadot’s past cameos were cut from older franchise installments; Gadot and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson reprise their respective roles for “Fast X” appearances.
“We shot other things a long time ago that maybe wouldn’t have fit this specific movie as a finale,” Diesel said of Gadot’s past work. “Tagging 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 .
He added of the “Fast X” cameos, “I’m so excited to have them back home and even more excited to see the fan reactions and to see how happy it makes people.”
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