Michelle Rodriguez and Tyrese Gibson have both flirted with leaving the Fast and Furious franchise for their own reasons, but it looks like they’ve signed up to ride or die one more time. With filming set to begin this April on the 9th installment of the Vin Diesel led franchise (and the 10th Fast and Furiousverse film, including Hobbs and Shaw), Universal has begun getting the gang back together with Rodriguez, who has been on board since 2001’s The Fast and The Furious, and Gibson, who entered the franchise in 2003’s 2 Fast 2 Furious, the first dominoes to fall.
In 2017, Rodriguez threatened to leave the franchise if the studio did not improve the quality of the roles available to females. Fast 9 will be her 6th appearance in the series. Like Rodriguez, Gibson also threatened to leave the franchise, though in his case it occurred when he sided with franchise star Diesel in a feud with Dwayne Johnson following the filming of The Fate of the Furious (the 8th film in the series). The so called “cany ass” feud worked out well for Johnson, who now has his own spinoff film set in the same continuity and allowed Gibson to stay involved on the Diesel-side of things.
Fast and Furious 9 is set for an April 10, 2020 release date. Stay tuned to That Hashtag Show for more as this story develops.