The Fast and the Furious franchise is enjoying its growing success, as the eighth film in the franchise, Fate of the Furious ended its theatrical run earlier this year with $1.2 billion in box office returns. The franchise is now set to expand into a whole cinematic universe - starting with a spinoff starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Jason Statham.
However, feuding has been a big part of Fate of the Furious' behind-the-scenes story, with franchise star Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson having a very public falling out during production. More recently, franchise star Michelle Rodriguez was in the big red spotlight of "controversy," after one of her social media posts suggest that the Fast and the Furious filmmakers weren't showing enough attention and value to their female stars.
Well, Rodriguez's Fate of the Furious co-star Charlize Theron is speaking up, showing her support for Rodriguez while on Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen to promote her new film, Atomic Blonde.
Speaking on WWHL, Theron said the following about Michelle Rodriguez's claims of gender inequality in the Fast and the Furious franchise:
"Yeah, I mean, I feel it's super valid. This is somebody who has been with this franchise for a really long time. And I can personally say I am a fan of the franchise because of her. She's incredible. She's incredible. And she's the heart of that whole franchise."
Theron later joked that Vin Diesel should pony up the cash to pay Rodriguez, stating, "Vin, give her your money."
After Wonder Woman has become the most successful film of summer 2017, and one of the biggest superhero films in years, the case for female stars (and directors) being of equal value to their male counterparts is practically indisputable. And yet, the debate seems to continue...
For her part, Michelle Rodriguez put out the fires of this controversy already, when she took to social media once again, with praise for Vin Diesel and his treatment of female co-stars in the F&F saga.
Check out the recap of how this started and ended, below:
SYNOPSIS: In The Fate of the Furious, with Dom and Letty married, Brian and Mia retired and the rest of the crew exonerated, the globe-trotting team has found some semblance of a normal life. They soon face an unexpected challenge when a mysterious woman named Cipher forces Dom to betray them all. Now, they must unite to bring home the man who made them a family and stop Cipher from unleashing chaos.
The Fate of the Furious is directed by F. Gary Gray and written by Chris Morgan. The film stars Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris 'Ludacris' Bridges, Scott Eastwood, Nathalie Emmanuel, Kurt Russell and Charlize Theron.
The Fate of the Furious is available on Home Video. Plans for two more sequels in The Fast and the Furious franchise are already in place - as well as the upcoming spinoff starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Jason Statham.
The film currently holds an nice 75.81/100 score in our movie composite rankings - be sure to rate the film for yourself HERE.
Fate of the Furious is now available on Blu-ray and DVD.