The Fast & Furious movie series is just going to have to end without bringing back The Rock. Previously, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson made his franchise debut with his role as Luke Hobbs in Fast Five in 2011. reprising the role in the sixth, seventh and eighth films. The character has since branched out to direct his own spin-off with The Rock alongside Jason Statham in Hobbs & Shaw.
Johnson did not appear in F9, and that was largely due to friction between the actor and Vin Diesel on the sets of Fast & Furious. Ultimately, The Rock decided he didn’t want to face it anymore and publicly announced that he would not be returning for the final two Fast movies. Diesel then posted a message on Instagram begging Johnson to return to F10 and F11. Now, in a new interview with CNN, The Rock has reiterated that there is “no way” he will return, and the Instagram post has only made matters worse.
“I told [Diesel] directly that I would not be returning to the franchise. I was firm but cordial with my words and said that I would always support the cast and always support the success of the franchise, but that there was no way I would return. Vin’s recent public post was an example of his manipulation. I didn’t like him raising his children in the post, as well as the death of Paul Walker. Leave them out. We talked about it months ago and we clearly got along. ”
The Rock also suggests his issues were only with Diesel, and he lends his support to the rest of the cast and crew involved in the Fast & Furious franchise. He hints that he would have preferred all of these issues with Diesel to have been kept quiet, but regardless, he says he’s looking for what will be the last installment of the main series to perform well anyway.
“My goal from the start was to end my incredible journey with this incredible frankness with gratitude and grace. It is regrettable that this public dialogue has muddied the waters. Either way, I have confidence in the Fast universe and its ability to consistently deliver to the public… I truly wish my former co-stars and crew the best of luck and success in the next one chapter.
The plan announced for F10 was for the penultimate film in the series to begin filming in January. Vin Diesel also suggested that the film would run back-to-back with F11. If Dwayne Johnson were to return it was bound to happen soon, but it looks like those hopes are lost.
“The world is waiting for the Fast 10 finale,” Diesel wrote in his original Instagram post. “As you know my kids call you Uncle Dwayne in my house. There isn’t a holiday that goes by without them and you sending good wishes… but the time has come. The legacy awaits you. I told you years ago that I was going to keep my promise to Pablo. I swore we would reach and show the best Fast in the final which is 10!
Fast & Furious 10 is set to hit theaters on May 19, 2023.