Michelle Rodriguez to return to 'Fast & Furious' franchise after it adds female writer

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Vin Diesel and Michelle Rodriguez (Credit: Todd Williamson/Invision for MTV/AP Images)

Dom Toretto can breathe a sigh of relief – it appears that he's not lost one of his key crew-members after all.

Michelle Rodriguez has reportedly agreed to sign on for Fast & Furious 9, due to begin production soon, after the movie added a female writer.

Back in 2017, Rodriguez, who plays Letty Ortiz, was considering exiting the franchise due to the lack of female representation.

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She wrote in a post to Instagram that she's walk unless she saw producers showing 'some love to the women of the franchise on the next one'.

But according to Bloomberg, she's now back in the fold, after using her leverage to secure a – so far unnamed – female writer.

She said at the Bloomberg Future of Equality Summit in London: “I felt like there was not enough of a female voice in the franchise.”

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She added that 'You should evolve with the times, not just pander to certain demographics that are stuck'.

Michelle Rodriguez at the World Premiere of Fast & Furious 6 afterparty in London on Tuesday, May 7th, 2013. (Photo by Jon Furniss/Invision/AP)

Fast & Furious 9 started pre-production in London earlier this year, and will begin filming in the next few weeks.

After couple of scheduling delays, it's now due to hit screens on May 22, 2020, with Letty, Vin Diesel's Dom, Chris Bridge's Tej and Jordana Brewster's Mia all returning.

F&F spin-off Hobbs & Shaw, starring Jason Statham and Dwayne Johnson, arrives on August 2.