It seems like Dwayne Johnson has finished his quarter-mile with the Fast & Furious franchise. The Rock starred in four films in the core franchise as well as the spinoff film Hobbes & Shaw. However, he has recently stated that the franchise will have to race off into the sunset without him.
Dwayne Johnson recently told Hollywood Reporter that he was done with the franchise. While discussing some of Vin Diesel’s recent comments about his “tough love,” the Rock announced that they would have to go on without him. “I wish them well on Fast 9. And I wish them the best of luck on Fast 10 and Fast 11 and the rest of the Fast & Furious movies they do that will be without me.”
This recent announcement comes as a shock to many Fast fans. Dwayne Johnson didn’t appear in the most recent installment of the franchise. However, many were holding out hope that Luke Hobbs would be back in at least one of the two upcoming films. It looks like that isn’t going to happen, though. Now that John Cena is part of the Fast family, Johnson’s departure is that much more disappointing. They could have had an epic showdown. They could have brought in tables, ladders, chairs, and maybe even a toolbox. But, much like Cena himself, fans won’t’ be seeing that matchup anytime soon.
Johnson is currently promoting his latest Disney film, Jungle Cruise, and working on Black Adam. The latter is a DC comics film that focuses on a superpowered antihero.
Why is Dwayne Johnson Leaving the Fast Franchise?
Dwayne Johnson didn’t spell it out. However, he really didn’t need to. The beef between The Rock and Vin Diesel has been fairly public over the last few years. For a while, some thought it was just a family feud that they could get over. However, it looks like that family feud led to a broken home.
There is no telling when the beef between Diesel and The Rock began. However, it first became public back in 2016. During that time Dwayne Johnson was working on his final mainline Fast movie, Fate of the Furious. In a social media post, Johnson called some of his male co-stars “candyasses.” Which is the most on-brand insult for him to lob. However, it soon became clear that the insult was aimed right at Mr. Furious Family himself, Vin Diesel.
Fast-forward a few years and we see Vin Diesel saying that any friction between him and Dwayne Johnson was the result of Vin’s “tough love.” He said he wanted to get under Johnson’s skin to make him perform better as Shaw. Not long after that, Johnson did the interview with Hollywood Reporter. When asked about his former co-star’s comments, he said, “I laughed and I laughed hard. I think everyone had a laugh at that.” Then, he went on to announce that he was finished with Fast & Furious.