Rumor Has It Letty Is Getting Her Own Fast & Furious Spinoff

2001 was a different time.
2001 was a different time.
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The iconic Fast & Furious franchise is growing one spinoff at a time, with the most recent rumors addressing some of Michelle Rodriguez’s critiques about the series: there aren’t enough women. What better way to address it than to give Rodriguez her own movie where she stars as Letty Ortiz?

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Letty, as you will remember, is Dominic Toretto’s childhood sweetheart who was almost killed and then returned with amnesia—as one does. She has most recently been reunited with the extended Torreto family after Luke Hobbs recruited her to stop Owen Shaw, who is not the title character in Hobbs & Shaw but is in fact that title character’s brother.

Got that all straight? Good.

This report comes from Giant Freakin’ Robot, a site that claims unnamed sources confirmed the future existence of a film titled, as you might expect, Letty.

It also includes other details about the film:

Vin Diesel is set as a producer and the script is by Geneva Robertson-Dworet (Captain Marvel) and Lindsey Beer (The Kingkiller Chronicle). We have not learned any plot details but Michelle Rodriguez is set for the spinoff which is hoping to get moving soon thanks to the hopeful momentum from F9. There is also no word of any co-stars or if this will act as an ensemble piece like many of the other movies in the series. Considering it is called Letty, we are assuming this is meant to be a solo showcase for the Michelle Rodriguez character.

Now, I’m one of the people who fully endorses an ever-growing Fast & Furious universe because, honestly, the movies continue to be ridiculous and fun and don't take themselves too seriously, which is truly what we need from every action movie. But I am entirely biased because Letty was my favorite character when I was a kid because she was a certified badass who could hang with the boys. Her character arc has been one of the wildest ones in the franchise, so I'd be interested to see what the writers and producers make of it.

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DISCUSSION

thefanciestcat
The Fanciest Cat

Michelle Rodriguez getting a standalone FF movie would be really, really cool, and they should definitely do that.

However, if the goal is to include more women and not just get Michelle Rodriguez to be quiet about the lack of women, what they should also do is actually add more women in good roles to the main movies.

To be fair, they would probably introduce more women in a Letty movie to potentially join the main series, but if that movie isn’t a big hit, those characters probably won’t make another appearance in the franchise.


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The good roles thing is pretty key, too. No more doing them dirty like Elsa Pataky’s Elena or objectifying them constantly and giving them nothing to do until they want to be killed off to pursue other opportunities like Gal Gadot as Gisele. There need to be women in these movies who aren’t mostly there to be someone’s girlfriend and/or to have the camera point at their ass.

There have also been a handful of female characters that just didn’t come back in spite of having their male counterparts come back. For instance, the upcoming movie is bringing back a handful of guys from Tokyo Drift but not the female lead, and another good example is Ludacris and Tyrese coming back for movie after movie while leaving Devon Aoki behind.

I don’t want to only be negative. Someone at the studio is very aware of everything I said. Nathalie Emmanuel’s Ramsey coming back from the 8th movie is a step in the right direction there, as is the return of Charlize Theron (with a really jarring bowl cut) as Cipher. It’s just since they’re already 9(?) movies deep, I think they should be bolder in how they pursue this.