The Rock Confirms He's Not In Fast & Furious 9
The Rock is out.
The huge success of the Fast & Furious series has meant that not only are there at least two more movies in the main franchise to come, we're also getting the first spin-off this year. Hobbs and Shaw sees Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham reprise their roles, and it arrives in August. However, Johnson has now confirmed that he won't appear in the next main Fast & Furious film.
In an interview with MTV News, Johnson explained that Fast 9 is about to start shooting ahead of its 2020 release date, and that neither he or Statham will feature in it. "The plan has always been for the Fast and Furious universe to grow and expand," he said, via Collider. "As of now, we're not in Fast 9 because they're getting ready to start shooting. But who knows with Fast 10 and down the road, you never know. Because look, at the end of the day, the truth is, there's unfinished business between Hobbs and Dom. It's unfinished.”
Dom is the character played by star and series producer Vin Diesel. While Johnson is clearly referring to the movie's plot, it also links to the reported feud between the two actors during the shooting of 2017's The Fate of the Furious. Johnson accused an unnnamed male co-star of not being a "true professional," and later revealed he had "an important face-to-face" confrontation with Diesel during production. In April, he cast doubt on whether he would act with anytime soon.
Fast 9 is set to hit theaters on April 10 2020, and will be directed by Justin Lin, who has made four of the previous movies. Last week, Diesel confirmed that production will start in London next month. Fast 10 is currently scheduled for a 2021 release.
Hobbs and Shaw releases on August 2 this year and is directed by Deadpool 2's David Leitch. Earlier this month, a first image of Idris Elba's villainous character Brixton was released.
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