It is due to COVID 19 that the the team of Fast & Furious 9 had to put off the release date to next year. While fan-favourites like Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Jordana Brewster and even Sung Kang return for the ninth season, the Justin Lin directorial also marks the entry of John Cena as Dom’s (Diesel) antagonist brother Jakob.
Talking about F9’s plot, Ludacris had recently teased but not confirmed that the movie was heading to space. However, Rodriguez corroborated the space news instead when she appeared for an interview with SiriusXM’s The Jess Cagle Show.When Michelle was asked if she was heading to space in F9 like Ludacris, the 42-year-old actress confessed, “Oh, no way. How did you guys find that out? See what happens? People start talking behind the scenes, man. When a movie doesn’t come out and forget about it, things get out. Nobody was supposed to know that,” via Just Jared.
Rodriguez further stated that she’s not lucky enough to hit space but they did get a female writer while also showing a lot of love. Thanks to Lin, Michelle feels that they were able to find a little more attention and love for the girls in F9 and she is really hopeful that it shows in the final product.
Asserting on the necessity to have a female writer was just really more about impartiality for Rodriguez as she thought that a lot of the boys just always one dimensionalised all the females. “… Like with me, ‘Oh yeah, the Michelle Letty character. She’s always like, you know, alpha and angry and ready to kick some ass. So like, let’s just make her angry every time she’s on-screen’ and it just doesn’t work. It’s not natural. And I think that you need a female voice to understand that,” Michelle ratiocinated with Jess Cagle.