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For the first time in the “Fast & Furious” saga, Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) and Mia (Jordana Brewster) share quality on-screen time together in “F9.”
When director Justin Lin returned to oversee the final trilogy in the “Fast” saga, he recognized that there was an opportunity to explore their sisterhood because they were “not being utilized.”
“It was very natural for me to think if we want to explore something new or [that] we haven’t done before, this is long overdue,” Lin told Insider recently.
In “Fast 9,” Letty and Mia not only share a heart-to-heart about their families, but they subsequently take down some bad guys fighting side-by-side.
In April, “F9” star Jordana Brewster told Insider that Rodriguez was very vocal about making sure she and Brewster shared scenes together in the new film.
“Michelle [Rodriguez] was like, ‘Dude, we’ve never had a scene together. We’re always secondary with the guys. We don’t interact. We have a sisterhood. We need to explore this,'” Brewster said while discussing a partnership with Clearblue.
“Michelle was like, ‘Dude, we’ve never had a scene together. We’re always secondary with the guys. We don’t interact. We have a sisterhood. We need to explore this,'” — @JordanaBrewster chats w/ me about Mia and Letty finally(!) getting to interact in #F9https://t.co/lRO6PEQDve pic.twitter.com/qzwF3B1dwR
— Kirsten (@KirstenAcuna) May 5, 2021
Lin also recalled Rodriguez approaching him, telling Insider, “Michelle came and I remember she was like, ‘This is very important to me. And… I was like, good, because I totally am on the same page.”
“It was a great kind of melding of our minds,” he continued.
The director continued: “I love these characters and I think part of the fun, but also sometimes the struggle, is that we have all of these characters, but trying to do justice to all of them. As we’re evolving and hopefully finding new chapters, we want to do justice to every character.”
It may be tough to believe the sisters-in-law never shared meaningful dialogue or actual scenes together across nine films. But both actresses weren’t in every movie.
Neither appears in 2003’s “2 Fast 2 Furious” or “The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift,” which was released three years later. Letty sits out most of 2009’s “Fast & Furious” (“Fast 4”), after Mia tells Dom she was murdered, and doesn’t reappear in the franchise until 2013’s “Fast 6” — but she’s a villain for most of that film because of a case of amnesia.
Any conversation between Mia and Letty at the film’s end wouldn’t have been meaningful because Letty doesn’t remember who she is until the end of 2015’s “Furious 7,” when she thinks Dom is about to die.
“Furious 7” also focused on sending Paul Walker’s Brain O’Conner off respectfully after the actor’s death in 2013. Brewster sat out the next film, 2017’s “The Fate of the Furious.”
The only chance the two really had to interact was in 2001’s “The Fast and the Furious,” and they just didn’t. Letty and Mia are even sitting right next to each other at one point when the group gathers for a meal and they don’t speak.
Brewster previously told Insider she’s “really grateful” that she and Rodriguez had a chance to finally share the screen together in “F9” in a meaningful way and looks forward to working more with Rodriguez as the main “Fast Saga” enters its final two films.
“Hopefully, we’ll continue to explore it because there’s so much to unearth there,” Brewster said.