Looks like the character of Hobbs won't be returning to the franchise anytime soon.
The Fast & Furious franchise is no longer as entertaining to car lovers as it once was, but there's no denying that the extreme turn the series has taken into full-on action has been a financial success. The extraordinary feats performed by the characters are often so extreme they border on the comical, but actors like Dwayne Johnson have made a career out of being the big badass brick house that takes no prisoners and can never be defeated. His star power helped lift the franchise to another level of insanity, and Vin Diesel, ever aware of Johnson's crowd-pulling power, has begged the star to return to the franchise.
Unfortunately, it seems that Johnson still has no love for Diesel, saying that the latter's plea is an "example of his manipulation."
Early in November, Diesel posted what appeared to be a heartfelt and desperate plea for Johnson to reprise his role as Luke Hobbs, a role that led to Johnson getting his own standalone spin-off film with fellow chrome dome Jason Statham. Despite this, no love has been lost between the two muscular macho men, who can't seem to look past their personal differences. Johnson tells CNN that he and Diesel had spoken in June, long before the latter's post on social media, claiming that he had refused to return to the franchise in a firm yet civil manner: "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 felt that Diesel's decision to make such a plea in public after the two had exchanged words on the matter in private was a step too far, especially since Diesel referenced his children and the death of Paul Walker in the post, essentially trying to tug at Johnson's heartstrings. "Leave them out of it," said Johnson. "We had spoken months ago about this and came to a clear understanding. My goal all along was to end my amazing journey with this incredible Fast & Furious franchise with gratitude and grace. It's unfortunate that this public dialog has muddied the waters." At least the Dodge Charger is one badass superstar that won't be leaving the silver screen.