The Fast and Furious film franchise is set to amp up the estrogen, with plans in the works for a female-led spinoff movie!
Star Vin Diesel has taken to Instagram to confirm that Universal is moving forward with his pitched plans for a Fast film entry that will showcase an unnamed female protagonist, potentially one that we’ve already seen in the film franchise. It’s certainly a loaded clue, since the films have served as a platform for quite the array of prominent female alumni throughout its 18-year history.
Diesel – pictured with his sister (and movie producer), Samantha Vincent – also gave a key “shout out” to a trio of scribes in Nicole Perlman, Lindsey Beer, Geneva Robertson-Dworet, seemingly identifying them as the creative coalition for the female-led spinoff effort, joining “the Fast Family.” It’s quite an impressive crew, seeing as Perlman worked on Marvel movies Guardians of the Galaxy and March’s Captain Marvel, Beer penned the upcoming Tom Holland/Daisy Ridley sci-fi thriller, Chaos Walking, and Robertson-Dworet scripted the recent Tomb Raider reboot, and worked on Captain Marvel. Moreover, they are attached to a list of high-profile genre scripts such as Silver Sable, M.A.S.K., Dungeons & Dragons, another Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot and more.
So, who could be the spinoff’s female protagonist? Well, Michelle Rodriguez’s Letty Ortiz is probably the first contender who comes to mind, especially since she’s a franchise OG. However, she’s already fielded significant screen time, and the aspect of bankability could force her to cede that spot to Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot, whose character, Gisele, debuted in the fourth film, 2009’s Fast & Furious. However, the most recent release, 2017’s The Fate of the Furious, featured Oscar winner Charlize Theron as Cipher; another viable contender for sure. (Fast and Furiosa?) Of course, lest we forget, there’s also Jordana Brewster’s Mia Toretto, Helen Mirren’s Magdalene Shaw and Eva Mendes’s Monica Fuentes.
Regardless, while the white-knuckle-rocking, speed-centric action films have an almost unfathomable number of miles on its muscle-car-movie odometer, the size of its $5 billion worldwide-earning back catalogue has done nothing to diminish its proverbial Kelley Blue Book value of box office viability. Indeed, while the main movie series appears to be winding down, marking the untitled Fast & Furious 10 as the finish line in 2021, its legacy is already set to continue this summer with spinoff movie Hobbs & Shaw, starring franchise vets Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham. Now, it appears that the future of the Fast franchise’s expansion is literally female.