Vin Diesel has become the undeniable figurehead for the Fast & Furious franchise. Kicking off the series in 2001, the actor has now been prominently featured in nearly all of the sequels and continues to have a guiding hand in where their future is headed. We have heard that these next two films are poised to be the last in the series for Diesel. If that is true, fans will have to get used to never seeing Dominic Toretto on the big screen ever again. However, it looks like the actor is not totally unwilling to come back to his iconic character again, but if he does, he has a pretty major demand when it comes to his salary.
According to one of our trusted and proven insider sources, Vin Diesel is willing to come back for yet another round in the Fast & Furious franchise if the studio will pay him $50 million for his return. That is one steep number but it goes to show how vital the actor feels he is to any continuation of the series. One would have to assume that if he did get that massive of a payday, that entry would surely be his swan song to the series. After that, it would simply be way too expensive to have him come back for another major appearance in either one of the mainline movies or any potential spinoffs.
It would be interesting to see what the Fast & Furious franchise would look like without Vin Diesel behind the wheel. We have already gotten a glimpse of that thanks to Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw. And we know there is another spinoff in the works that will focus on Michelle Rodriguez’s character, Letty Ortiz. It certainly seems like the franchise is already making headway in continuing on without Dominic Toretto as a driving force in the story. Could the studio decide that this is the way to go in the future?
There is no denying that the Fast & Furious series will always be tied to Vin Diesel and his unique presence in the series. However, if the price tag of $50 million is simply too rich for Universal to pony up, he could be sitting on the sidelines until he drops his fee. Or perhaps Universal does see him as an invaluable part of this money-making machine. We have to imagine that the box office performance of F9 is going to determine a lot of Diesel’s bargaining power for any other future appearances. If the movie does extremely well, he could be poised to return with that big of a payday under his belt. If it underperforms, he could either be seen as too pricey or he will have to lower that salary number by a significant margin.
We will have to wait and see how things shake out for Vin Diesel when F9 finally hits theaters after a year of delays due to the coronavirus pandemic. If it does manage to be the big blockbuster that brings folks back to the movies, we could be seeing Diesel cash a massive check for yet one more go as Dominic Toretto.