The following article is written by Alex Harrington. All opinions stated belong to him and him only, and this has had no input from Sung Kang.
Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson has confirmed that he won’t be starring in any more Fast and Furious films after a decade of history with the franchise. Joining the films in 2011 with Fast 5, his character, a highly trained seek and destroy agent, was quickly adopted by fans. He became an integral part of the films and a key part of them moving towards a more action-orientated genre.
After his success in Fast 5 where he was given the job of capturing Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel), he starred in the following 3 movies, as well as his own spin-off alongside Jason Statham, called Hobbs & Shaw. But while everything was going smoothly on camera, there were rumours that behind the camera things weren’t so rosy.
There has been apparent tension between the leading stars Dwayne Johnson and Vin Diesel, after Vin recently took credit for Johson’s work on camera during the shooting of Fast 5, according to the Independent.
Dwayne recently responded to that remark, saying the following:
“I laughed and I laughed hard. I think everyone had a laugh at that. And I’ll leave it at that. And that I’ve wished them well. I wish them well on Fast 9. And I wish them the best of luck on Fast 10 and Fast 11 and the rest of the Fast & Furious movies they do that will be without me.”
This is a real shame. While Johnson’s character wasn’t loved by some because of the way the racing aspect of the films was slowly being pushed to the side at the same time as he was introduced, I greatly enjoyed his input. And while Johnson’s spin-off wasn’t loved by fans of the Fast Franchise, as a standalone move it could definitely stand on its own feet.
I’ll be continuing to follow Johson’s career as he embarks on future projects, regardless of whether he’s involved in the Fast films or not. Although I am hoping Hobb’s and Shaw gets its sequal.