Appeared in episodes 5,6,7 and 8 of Fast and Furious, Luke Hobbs AKA Dwayne Johnson did not return in the 9th installment of the saga. This will not be the case either in opus 10 and 11 according to producer Hiram Garcia. But Hobbs & Shaw 2 is coming.
We will no longer see the character of Luke Hobbs in the Fast and Furious saga! The producer Hiram Garcia, close collaborator of Dwayne Johnson (Jumanji, Jungle Cruise, Black Adam), confirmed it in the columns of Collider.
Absent from the 9th episode released on July 14, The Rock had already announced that he would not return last July, mocking the passage of Vin Diesel, which he does not carry in his heart.
Indeed, Diesel explained to Men’s Health magazine that he had deliberately provoked Johnson on the sets of previous opus so that his acting performance was the best possible: “I can give a lot of cow love. Not Fellini’s way either, but I would do anything to get performance in anything I produce.”
Asked by The Hollywood Reporter about these statements, The Rock was not kind to his ex-accomplice: “I laughed, I laughed a lot. I think everyone laughed at that. And I won’t say anything more. Except that I wished them the best. I wish them the best on Fast & Furious 9. And I wish them the best of luck on the 10th and 11th and all the rest of the Fast & Furious movies they’ll make without me. “
Diesel therefore took over the reins of the saga while Dwayne Johnson carved his own path with Hobbs and Shaw. After the 8th opus, the actor was a hit in this spin-off, in a duet with Jason Statham. The film grossed $ 760 million at the global box office, which obviously gave the production sequel ideas.
Dwayne Johnson’s absence from FF sequels doesn’t interfere with our plans on Hobbs and Shaw.
It’s now official, there will be a Hobbs and Shaw 2. “Right now we’re trying to figure out where we’re going with this sequel, but we have some really big ideas.”, says Hiram Garcia.
“After completing Fast 8, Dwayne made the final decision to turn the page Fast and Furious, for all the obvious reasons we know. His absence in the sequels does not interfere with our plans for Hobbs and Shaw.
Obviously, all these characters exist in the FF universe and we really like that aspect. We just have different plans with Luke Hobbs and I think the fans are going to love it! We work hard to offer something truly unique and innovative “, concludes the producer.
In the meantime, Dwayne Johnson is starring in Jungle Cruise