Throughout the entirety of the Fast & Furious franchise, the spotlight has always been either on Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Paul Walker, or Jason Statham. Given that its world is populated with some very badass characters, it was high time for one of them to get their spin-off film. A few weeks ago, we reported that it will be Michelle Rodriguez who is going to star in her solo Fast & Furious film and now, a new report stating the film’s title has cropped up.
The character of Letty Ortiz, played by Michelle Rodriguez, has been around since the first Fast & Furious film in 2001 wherein she was introduced as Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto’s girlfriend. Apart from a brief period of disappearance, she has been a trusted member of Dom’s team, best known for her exceptional skills as a street racer as well as a mechanic, and was later revealed to be married to him. As reported by insider Daniel Richtman, the upcoming female-led Fast & Furious spinoff will be titled Letty and will majorly focus on the character.
Plans for a female-led Fast & Furious spin-off were announced back in early 2019 by Vin Diesel when he shared that plans for the film are definitely on the table now, undergoing development, with Nicole Perlman, Lindsey Beer, and Geneva Robertson-Dworet set to serve as co-screenwriters. But the big question was who will be leading the story as Fast and Furious has many amazing female characters- Michelle Rodriguez (Letty), Jordana Brewster (Mia), Nathalie Emmanuel (Ramsey), Elsa Pataky (Elena), Nathalie Kelley (Neela), Helen Mirren (Magdalene), etc.
Four weeks ago, Giant Freakin Robot had obtained the exclusive news, from one of our trusted and proven insider sources, that Michelle Rodriguez will be starring in her own Fast & Furious spin-off, titled Letty. While Vin Diesel is set as its producer, there is no information yet about the plot of the film or whether the film will be like the other films in the franchise i.e., feature a female ensemble or just focus on Letty’s character. Our bets are on the latter as the film has been specifically named after the character.
The development of Letty could set the stage for more female-led films in the Fast & Furious franchise whose storylines, till now, have been heavily focused on its male characters. Michelle Rodriguez in particular has been vocal about the lack of female representation in the franchise as despite the presence of badass female characters what all the films really represent is high octane action and daring men displaying machismo. In a chat with Entertainment Weekly back in 2017, Rodriguez had called out the fact that men are the dominant writers in Hollywood and films carry their idea of what girls do or how they behave.
Michelle Rodriguez had highlighted that just adding an amazing actress as the villain won’t cut it anymore as what the current times need is a story where women are seen doing things independently, without their character arcs depending on the male character’s story. Hopefully, with the first Fast & Furious female-led film, Rodriguez’s aspirations are on the way to being fulfilled.