Fans of the Fast and Furious franchise hoping that Dwayne Johnson would return for the grand finale buckle up for some bad news. The beefiest movie star beef continues as Johnson has rebuffed Vin Diesel's very public request to return to the family. Back in November, Diesel took to Instagram to ask Johnson to come back for the finale;
“The world awaits the finale of ‘Fast 10,. 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!”
In a recent interview with CNN, Johnson has responded and made it clear that the is "no chance" we'll see him back in a Fast and Furious movie.
“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. Vin’s recent public post was an example of his manipulation. 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.”
While we won't be seeing Agent Hobbs back with Dom and the gang, Johnson was quick to wish the franchise every success with its upcoming two-part finale.
"My goal all along was to end my amazing journey with this incredible franchise with gratitude and grace, 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.”
Naturally, we will see Hobbs again as a sequel to Hobbs and Shaw is officially in development, but when it happens is anybody's guess as Johnson remains one of the busiest movie stars of all time. The long-awaited Black Adam arrives this summer; he's voicing Superman's dog Krypto in DC League of Super-Pets alongside Kevin Hart, and there are sequels to Jumanji and Jungle Cruise on the way.