Dwayne Johnson Declines Vin Diesel’s Invitation for ‘Fast & Furious’

by Taylor Cunningham
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Dwayne Johnson will not reprise his role for the final Fast & Furious.

After years of feuding, Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson agreed to let bygones be bygones. And with the actors standing on better ground, Diesel publically pleaded with Johnson to return to the Fast & Furious franchise so he could star in the final installment.

“The world awaits the finale of ‘Fast 10,’” Diesel wrote on Instagram in November. “As you know, my children refer to you as Uncle Dwayne in my house. There is not a holiday that goes by that they and you don’t send well wishes… but the time has come. Legacy awaits. I told you years ago that I was going to fulfill my promise to Pablo. I swore that we would reach and manifest the best Fast in the finale that is 10!”

But despite the emotional invitation, secret agent Lucas Hobbs will not appear in Fast & Furious 10. And apparently, the plea is causing new troubles between the pair.

Dwayne Johnson Had Already Refused to Return to ‘ Fast & Furious‘ in Private

In an interview with CNN, Johnson finally addressed the Instagram post. And he claimed that he had already told his former co-star that he would not change his mind about retiring from the films.

“I told [Diesel] directly that I would not be returning to the franchise. I was firm yet cordial with my words and said that I would always be supportive of the cast and always root for the franchise to be successful, but that there was no chance I would return,” Johnson shared.

Furthermore, Dwayne Johnson was upset by the invitation, and he criticized how Diesel used loved ones to guilt and pressure him into changing his mind.

“Vin’s recent public post was an example of his manipulation,” he added. ” I didn’t like that he brought up his children in the post, as well as Paul Walker’s death. Leave them out of it. We had spoken months ago about this and came to a clear understanding.”

Dwayne Johnson first joined the franchise for 2011’s Fast Five. And he continued with the films until The Fate of the Furious. So despite the stunt, Dwayne Johnson is still cheering for the movies. And he hopes that his friends create an epic finale.

“My goal all along was to end my amazing journey with this incredible franchise with gratitude and grace,” Johnson said. “It’s unfortunate that this public dialogue has muddied the waters. Regardless, I’m confident in the Fast universe and its ability to consistently deliver for the audience… I truly wish my former co-stars and crew members the best of luck and success in the next chapter.”

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