It is no secret that Hollywood has been pushing for a major increase in diversity and representation in their biggest, most expensive, and commercially successful feature films. There is one franchise out there that has never seemed to have an issue when it comes to diversity and that is the Fast & Furious franchise. Representation, though, has been lacking (to say the least) and Dwayne Johnson intends to change that.
With 2019s Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, diversity was never in question. Its diverse cast included Helen Mirren and Vanessa Kirby, Idris Elba, New Zealand actor Cliff Curtis, Roman Reigns (Samoan descent), Eiza Gonzalez, and John Tui (a Tongan). Of course, besides co-leads Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham, Ryan Reynolds and Kevin Hart also made cameos. Diversity was on full display. But representation? No, not at all.
So, with that in mind, Hobbs & Shaw’s driving force Dwayne Johnson is now pushing for an LGBTQ lead character to be introduced to Hobbs & Shaw 2, wanting to expand its diversity and representation to better reflect the times we are now living in.
As of now, there is no word on how this will be written into the series, and no actor has been named. You can bet, though, that if Dwayne Johnson is wanting this to happen, it will and that whoever is chosen will be from the community and properly represent them.
Hobbs & Shaw is the successful Dwayne Johnson spin-off from the Fast & Furious franchise, that will see its conclusion with its final two films. The franchise has been led, for the most part, by Vin Diesel, who started Fast & Furious back in 2001 with The Fast and the Furious, which also co-starred the late Paul Walker. Since that time, Fast & Furious has gone on to make 8 films with the ninth film scheduled (for now) to be released on May 28, 2021.
Dwayne Johnson’s Hobbs character was introduced in the series fifth film, Fast Five, who was at immediate odds with Diesel’s Toretto. Johnson continues on a Hobbs in the sixth film and in the seventh, Statham’s Deckard Shaw is finally introduced.
With Fast & Furious coming to an end, Dwayne Johnson looks to continue the franchise with more Hobbs & Shaw movies, so it is unknown at this point if the plan to introduce an LGBTQ lead would come in Hobbs & Shaw 2 or if it would be in a future movie. At the moment, this is all conjecture since other than talking about it, Hobbs & Shaw isn’t even on Johnson’s extremely busy calendar. The Rock already has Disney’s Jungle Cruise and Netflix’s Red Notice, with Gal Gadot and Ryan Reynolds, is in post-production and after that he has the TV series Young Rock, The King, Black Adam, San Andreas 2, Doc Savage, and the remake of Big Trouble in Little China going for him. Statham is keeping himself just as busy with upcoming projects such as Wrath of Man, Five Eyes, the recently announced Spy 2, and the also recently announced TV series Viva La Madness.
With diversity and representation first and foremost on Dwayne Johnson’s Hobbs & Shaw call-sheet, it’ll be interesting to see the who’s and what’s when the movie’s cast is officially announced.