Michelle Rodriguez Told Why She Will Not Return to The Avatar Franchise

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Michelle Rodriguez has become best known for the cool women she plays in cult action movies, including Letty in the Fast and Furious franchise, Rain in Resident Evil and Trudy in Avatar. Another common factor for all these characters is that they all died in one of the films of their franchise. While Rodriguez’s characters came back to life in the films “Fast and Furious” and “Resident Evil,” she said that she was drawing a line with “Avatar,” saying that she would not return to the franchise.

She makes a fair point that a girl can die and come back so many times before it becomes too much. Rodriguez made it clear during a conversation with Vanity Fair, saying that James Cameron is thinking about bringing her character Trudy back to Pandora. In response, she said that she believes that this time her character should just stay dead, remembering various moments of her career:

Dude, when I saw Jim [Cameron] recently, he said: “I thought, what if Michelle comes back? Many other characters have returned [to The Ways of Water].” I thought: “You can’t do that — I died as a martyr. Jim, I’m back in Resident Evil, I shouldn’t have. I’m back in the Machete, I shouldn’t have. I came back with Letty, I shouldn’t have. We can’t do a fourth, that would be overkill!” I don’t understand, it’s so weird. I think they don’t know what to do with a girl who doesn’t have a boyfriend. “She doesn’t have a boyfriend. Should we let her live or kill her?

In the case of Avatar, the character Rodriguez is killed in a fiery plane crash when she tries to help Navi fight people. Unlike Sigourney Weaver, actress Trudy did not return as a new character and was not part of the cast of Avatar: The Way of Water. I completely understand where Rodriguez is coming from, the fact that so many of her characters die and come back to life is both random and probably a little disappointing. If Cameron wanted the actress to stay in the franchise, perhaps the team should have listened to Terdi’s hope in the film when she said:

I was hoping for some kind of tactical plan not related to martyrdom.

Being a martyr in a movie is cool and all, but at the moment, to keep the meaning, the character has to stay dead. I know when I first watched Avatar, I was saddened by Trudy’s death, but I was also aware of the heroic sacrifice she made.

However, I also love Michelle Rodriguez and would like her to be in every part of every franchise she’s been a part of. For example, it was epic to see her return to iconic roles like Letty when she unexpectedly came back to life in Fast and Furious: 6. I know when I first watched the sixth Fast and Furious movie, I thought the actress was her best performance in the saga, and seeing her character come back as a stronger and more visible person in the saga was so exciting. Although there are a lot of cases where you can plausibly resurrect a character from the dead, and I think the reason why the actress doesn’t want to return to Avatar is understandable.

Along with the fact that Rodriguez does not want another of her characters to suddenly come back to life, she is also an extremely busy actress who is working on other films in the franchise besides Avatar. Only in the 2023 film schedule will she star in Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves, which will be released in theaters on March 31, and she will return as Letty as part of the cast of Fast X on May 19. So while we may not see Michelle Rodriguez flying around Pandora again, there’s a lot to expect from the action star, and you can always come back and watch her as Trudy in Avatar with a Disney+ subscription.

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