A Major Force Is Blocking Dwayne Johnson’s Return To Fast & Furious

Does a major player want to keep Dwayne Johnson away from the next Fast & Furious movie?

By Faith McKay | Published

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Dwayne Johnson is certainly a big player in Hollywood and elsewhere. If he wants to do something, it’s hard to imagine that he can’t. But what if Vin Diesel tried to step in the way? According to what insider Daniel Richtman has shared, Vin Diesel wants the spotlight on himself as the main Fast & Furious franchise is drawing to a close. To make sure that happens, he doesn’t want to let The Rock have too big of a role in Fast and Furious 10.

We know that there are going to be eleven Fast & Furious movies. The ninth is premiering on June 25, 2021, so we’re nearing the end of that main series for the massive franchise. While there is plenty of room for spinoff projects, ending the main series is still a big deal. It would make sense that Vin Diesel, who has worked so hard on this franchise for so many years, would want to stay center stage. Dwayne Johnson is a big player with a big personality, and that can steal the screen time away from Vin Diesel.

Vin Diesel and The Rock have been in their own spinoff with Hobbs & Shaw, making it sound like Vin Diesel is comfortable sharing the screen with Dwayne Johnson, but maybe he views the end of the main storyline differently and is becoming protective of it and his legacy.

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At the same time, there are other rumors that make it sound like Vin Diesel is more interested in bringing on more big-name talent to the franchise. Other outlets have reported rumors that the actor is trying to bring Ryan Reynolds into the fold. Like Dwayne Johnson, Reynolds is a big name with a big personality that tends to take up more than his fair share of the attention on screen. Is Vin Diesel really trying to minimize The Rock in these final films? It’s easy to believe it’s true, because it would be understandable, but it also doesn’t completely fall in line with his recent decisions.

Meanwhile, Dwayne Johnson is busy. Even if his role is minimal in Fast & Furious 10, he’s not suffering from a lack of screentime. The actor is currently waiting on the release of Jungle Cruise with Emily Blunt, Red Notice on Netflix with Gal Gadot and Ryan Reynolds, and is finally filming Black Adam for DC. He has more projects lined up after that, like The King, San Andreas 2, and Big Trouble in Little China. Plus, it’s expected that Black Adam will see Dwayne Johnson appearing in more DC Extended Universe productions, if not a direct sequel. More announcements for his franchises like Jumanji are also rumored. If Vin Diesel wants more screen time in the final Fast & Furious movies, it’s hard to believe that’s going to take away much from The Rock.

However, if Dwayne Johnson wants a larger part in the tenth installment, their fight for screen time could be considerable. They’re both major players in the franchise, so arguments behind the scenes would be interesting to watch for sure. Unfortunately, it seems unlikely we’ll ever get to hear exactly how that hypothetical conversation would play out. What do The Rock and Vin Diesel say to each other when they disagree? Do they laugh a lot and play it nice? Do they argue through their agents? Oh, to be a fly on the wall while Hollywood big types fight it out.