When it comes to describing Dwayne Johnson, the actor has been often labeled as the builder of franchises whether you pick up the rebooted Jumanji films, DC’s upcoming film Black Adam, or the recently released Jungle Cruise. But recently, rumors had been abounding that the actor has left the Fast & Furious franchise, with Johnson hinting the same recently. Thankfully, it has now been confirmed that while he may be leaving the main storyline, he will not be leaving the franchise without reprising his role in at least one more film, Hobbs & Shaw 2.
Dwayne Johnson entered the Fast & Furious franchise with 2011’s Fast Five as U.S. Diplomatic Security Service agent, Luke Hobbs, who is seen pursuing Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker). His character was immensely appreciated and liked, which led him to reprise his role in Fast & Furious 6, Furious 7, with Fate of the Furious being the last film in the series which included the actor. Instead, Johnson paired up with Jason Statham to star in the blockbuster spinoff film, Hobbs & Shaw in 2019, which earned $760 million worldwide.
Even though the actor didn’t wasn’t a part of F9, it was expected that he would reprise his role in Fast & Furious 10 and Fast & Furious 11, the two-parter finale that will tie up the original storyline. But Dwayne Johnson’s Seven Bucks Productions’ Hiram Garcia has shot down the speculation and revealed in a chat with Collider that the Jungle Cruise actor will not be a part of the last two Fast & Furious films.
Garcia also went on to confirm that plans for Hobbs & Shaw 2 are still in motion. While they are trying to put together a coherent storyline for the sequel, they have some “very big ideas.” This confirmation by Garcia allays the fears of many fans who had been worried about Hobbs’s presence in the Fast & Furious franchise given the increasingly visible feud between Dwayne Johnson and Vin Diesel. Recently, in a chat with Men’s Health, Vin Diesel talked about giving “tough love” to Johnson “to get performances”. The Jumanji actor responded by saying that he “laughed hard” at the comments and highlighted that he won’t be a part of the last Fast & Furious films, but that he wished them luck with the movies. It was understandable that many jumped to the conclusion that Johnson has severed all ties to the franchise, which includes the much-talked Hobbs & Shaw 2.
Garcia has assured that even though Dwayne Johnson isn’t a part of F10 or F11, his decision does not include his plans for the Hobbs & Shaw sequel. He added that they have specific plans for the future of Luke Hobbs as a part of the Fast & Furious franchise and fans will love their “unique and fresh” perspective for the character. In fact, the studio is all ready to develop these ideas and begin working on the film.
Dwayne Johnson was recently seen in Disney’s fantasy adventure film, Jungle Cruise, opposite Emily Blunt. His next film will be the Netflix thriller Red Notice alongside Ryan Reynolds and Gal Gadot, followed by DC’s Black Adam.