The Rock May Not Return In Fast & Furious 9

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Looks like the feud between The Rock and Vin Diesel still hasn’t been resolved.

Dwayne The Rock Johnson’s role in Fast & Furious as Agent Hobbs is one of the most popular recurring characters of the series since he first appeared in Fast Five. Many fans even credit Johnson for saving the franchise. It’s no secret, however, that the actor had a rocky relationship with his co-star, Vin Diesel. The pair have had several public feuds, with The Rock calling him out as a “candy ass.” Indeed, it’s no coincidence that the two actors never appeared on-screen together throughout Fate of the Furious.

“That is correct. We were not in any scenes together,” Johnson confirmed in a recent interview with Rolling Stone while promoting his new Rampage movie video game adaptation, which incidentally features the Ford Bronco Concept. “Vin and I had a few discussions, including an important face-to-face in my trailer, and what I came to realize is that we have a fundamental difference in philosophies on how we approach movie-making and collaborating,” he continued. “It took me some time, but I’m grateful for that clarity. Whether we work together again or not.” As a result, Johnson's future with the franchise is looking uncertain.

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“I’m not quite sure,” he replied when asked if he will appear in Fast & Furious 9. “Right now I’m concentrating on making the spinoff [Hobbs and Shaw] as good as it can be, but I wish him all the best, and I harbor no ill will there, just because of the clarity we have…Actually, you can erase that last part about ‘no ill will.’ We’ll just keep it with the clarity.” Looks like his beef with Diesel isn’t going to be resolved any time soon. Fortunately for Fast & Furious fans, Johnson will star in an upcoming spin-off film alongside Jason Statham. There are no plot details yet, but it’s been confirmed the film will be directed by David Leitch, whose directing credits include John Wick, Atomic Blonde, and the upcoming Deadpool 2.

Leitch was a renowned stunt coordinator before he co-directed John Wick, so it’s probably safe to say the Fast & Furious spin-off film will deliver some excellent automotive action when it hits theaters on July 26 in 2019. The spin-off led to Fast & Furious 9 being delayed until 2020, much to the dismay of Tyrese Gibson.

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