Dwayne Johnson checked out of the Fast & Furious franchise before F9. Earlier this year, The Rock said that he wished Vin Diesel and the rest of the Fast Fam the best in their future endeavors, but he was done. “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.”
Vin Diesel doesn’t want to take no for an answer here. Recently, he made a lengthy post all but begging Dwayne Johnson to come back. To Diesel, the final two installments of the Fast Franchise won’t be furious enough without Luke Hobbs. Additionally, he said that no one else could take the role. That seems obvious, though. Who could replace The Rock? No one, that’s who.
Earlier today, ScreenRant reported that Hiram Garcia spoke up about the possibility of Johnson coming back to the franchise. Garcia seems like a good source of information on the subject. He serves as a producer for the Fast & Furious franchise and works with Dwayne Johnson’s Seven Bucks Productions.
Garcia told ScreenRant, “Look, you can never predict or control what’s going to come out of that world. So, I’m very used to it by now. I think we’re both very used to it.” He went on to say that he hasn’t been able to “connect” with Dwayne Johnson on a possible return to the Fast Familia. He’s currently busy promoting Red Notice.
Garcia added, “[Dwayne Johnson] is the biggest movie star in the world. No one’s below trying all attempts and approaches to try and get him on board.”
Basically, Garcia told the publication, “I don’t know man, time will tell.”
Dwayne Johnson Probably Won’t Go Back
The feud between Dwayne Johnson and Vin Diesel caused him to leave the franchise in the first place. Back in 2016, Johnson was working on Fate of the Furious and took to social media to call out some of the other guys in the film. In true People’s Champ fashion, he called them “candyasses,” and it seemed like that was aimed directly at the head of the Fast Family table.
Later, Vin Diesel said that any friction on the set was just him showing Dwayne Johnson “tough love” and that he was hoping to up The Rock’s acting game by getting under his skin. Johnson “laughed and laughed hard,” at those remarks.
More recently, Dwayne Johnson reflected on the aforementioned “candyasses” post. He noted that he shouldn’t have shared those feelings publicly. In fact, he regrets making the post. However, he said, “I mean what I say when I say it.” Ouch.
It would be a shock to see Johnson step back into the role of Hobbs at this point. However, like Garcia implied, only time will tell.