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Rodriguez threatens to leave ‘Fast and the Furious’

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    Michelle Rodriguez at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival. Rodriguez wrote on Instagram that she may have to leave “The Fast & the Furious” franchise unless its female characters are treated differently.

Michelle Rodriguez is threatening to leave “The Fast and the Furious” franchise unless its female characters are treated differently.

Rodriguez wrote on Instagram on June 27 that she hopes filmmakers decide “to show some love to the women of the franchise” in its next installment. If not, she said, she “just might have to say goodbye.”

F. Gary Gray directed the eighth film in the series, “The Fate of the Furious,” and is defending the treatment of women in that movie.

He told Business Insider he “thought the combination of female characters was pretty strong.” Gray noted that Charlize Theron played the antagonist in the film and Helen Mirren made a cameo.

The ninth film in the franchise is due out in 2019.

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