michelle rodriguez leave fast and furious

The Fast and Furious movies have been paragons for diversity in action blockbusters, boasting a multiracial cast of Hispanic, black, and Asian characters long before superhero franchises caught on. It was in part thanks to the films’ street-racing roots in the Latino community, and in part due to star Vin Diesel‘s insistence on working with only diverse casts. But despite all the franchise’s progress, it’s still got a women problem.

A women problem that female lead Michelle Rodriguez is calling out. Although she’s had her fair share of car stunts and fight scenes, Rodriguez is still the only woman who has stuck with the male-heavy franchise since the beginning, and now, she’s threatening to leave if she and the other female characters aren’t given better parts.

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Dwayne Johnson and Vin Diesel Feud - Fast Five

In today’s edition of sequel bits:

  • Dwayne Johnson discusses a Hobbs and Shaw movie.
  • A new logo for next summer’s Untitled Bumblebee Movie.
  • A clip from Despicable Me 3.
  • Talk of Karl Urban playing Judge Dredd again.
  • And more.

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Original Furious 7 Ending

The cast and crew of Furious 7 were thrown a pretty serious curveball when Paul Walker died in a car wreck while the sequel was still in production. Shooting shut down for awhile to allow everyone time to grieve and process this tragedy, but also to allow director James Wan and writer Chris Morgan figure out how they were going to salvage the movie without one of the main actors around to finish many pivotal scenes that had still yet to be completed.

In the end, Paul Walker’s character Brian O’Connor was given a touching send-off by his on-screen brother Vin Diesel. But how would the movie have ended if Paul Walker hadn’t died and didn’t need to be written out of the future sequels? Chris Morgan recently took the time to explain how the original Furious 7 ending would have been different from what we saw in theaters. Read More »

Fast and Furious - Han

(Welcome to The Soapbox, the space where we get loud, feisty, and opinionated about something that makes us very happy…or fills us with indescribable rage. In this edition: what’s up with that #JusticeForHan movement, anyway?)

If you’re a fan of the Fast and Furious movies and you’ve seen The Fate of the Furious, you might have experienced a nagging feeling in the back of your mind when you left the theater. If you’re like me, that thought was, “Wait…what about Han?” Without spoiling things yet, I’ll just say that the new film never addresses Sung Kang’s snack-loving member of Dominic Toretto’s “family,” who was killed off in 2006’s The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift – a death later revealed to be a murder committed by Jason Statham’s Deckard Shaw.

That death – and Fate’s ignoring of it – is at the center of the #JusticeForHan hashtag, which hardcore fans adopted as a rallying cry in order to ask some serious questions about this beloved franchise. Read all about the Han-troversy below, and whether or not the film series owes us answers when we want them or if we should wait for the full story before we rush to judgment. Read More »

fast and furious spin-off

Buckle up, Fast family. There’s a new Fast and Furious spin-off in the works, and it features two of the series’ biggest names and breakout stars: Dwayne Johnson’s Luke Hobbs and Jason Statham’s Deckard Shaw. Hit your NOS tank and read all of the Fast and Furious spinoff details below.
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Fast and Furious Franchise Ending

Back in the fall of 2015, Fast and Furious franchise star Vin Diesel revealed that he had agreed to star in one last trilogy to end the high speed action saga. The final three movies will bring the number of films in the franchise to the nice round number of 10, and producer Neal Moritz says that’s not only still the plan, but they know what the endpoint of the series will be.

Find out what producer Neal Moritz has to say about the Fast and Furious franchise ending below. Read More »

Fast and Furious - Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson Feud

Late last summer, there was word that a feud had sparked between Dwayne Johnson and Vin Diesel on the set of The Fate of the Furious. Supposedly, Johnson didn’t think that Diesel was conducting himself professionally, frequently delaying production simply because he was still relaxing in his trailer.

At the same time, there was another rumor saying that the feud was nothing more that a publicity stunt that would come to a head at Wrestlemania 33. However, that clearly didn’t come to fruition, and recent word of Vin Diesel axing a Fate of the Furious credits scene with Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham only lent further credence to the existence of the feud.

Thankfully, it sounds like Johnson and Diesel have ended their feud so that they can both return for Fast and Furious 9 and not have to worry about any bad blood still brewing between them. Find out more about the resolution of the Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson feud below. Read More »

Fate of the Furious Featurette

Over the years, the Fast and Furious movies have carved out an identity – fans know what to expect from them and they deliver. As with any long-running movie series, certain trends, motifs, habits, and patterns start to emerge, stuff that makes you chuckle with recognition.

But what happens when you go through the first seven movies (part eight, The Fate of the Furious, is in theaters today) and try to count the various repeating elements? Just how many Coronas does Dominic Toretto drink throughout the course of the series? How many times does everyone say “family”? How often do Dom and Brian share a smoldering look? And just how many cars crash in each movie?

Those questions have now been answered. Buckle up. It’s time to start counting.

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the fate of the furious review

The Fate of the Furious, like one of its heroes, wants to live life a quarter mile at a time. On a moment-to-moment basis, the eighth entry in the Fast and the Furious franchise offers visceral thrills that come close to rivaling some of the series’ standout chases. But as the film rides its way to an ice-bound conclusion that requires our heroes to literally stop World War III from happening, it becomes all-but-impossible to accept some of the leaps of logic Fate takes in how its characters treat each other and the fabled family. This is the first entry in a while that talks a bigger game than it walks (or drives).

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Fast and Furious property damage infographics

While we recently featured a round of infographics that counted a bunch of statistics from the Fast and Furious franchise, from how much screentime there is for gratuitous shots of the backsides of women to how many shots there were of odometers/tachometers, there was one thing that wasn’t counted: property damage.

Over the years, the Fast and Furious franchise has only gotten more bombastic and crazy when it comes to the action. What started as a primarily car chase based franchise that only resulted in the damage of some street racing cars and maybe a mailbox or street lamp has turned into a huge heist film series where buildings are seriously damaged and plenty of expensive vehicles are totaled. How much does all that cost? Someone crunched the numbers in an effort to figure it out.

Check out the Fast and Furious property damage infographics after the jump. Read More »