Universal went out of its way to spoil the return of Dwayne Johnson’s Luke Hobbs at the end of Fast X, and now we know why. No, it’s not because he’s showing up for the sequel, or Fast 12 if that happens. It’s because Johnson will, *shocked face*, get a movie all to himself in a new standalone spinoff.
THR confirms that Johnson will star in a solo Luke Hobbs film that will act as a bridge between Fast X and Fast 11. Also returning to the franchise fold is screenwriter Chris Morgan, who wrote six of the Fast & Furious movies before leaving to pen the Hobbs & Shaw spinoff that featured Johnson and Jason Statham.
So does this mean Diesel and Johnson have hugged it out like bros? Well, kinda? While their very-public feud led to Johnson begging off the franchise forever, they sorta patched things up recently. Still, things aren’t so good that you’ll see Hobbs and Dominic Toretto sharing a meal at the family dinner table.
Things are better than they have been in quite a while, though. Fast X director Louis Leterrier confirmed to THR that he spoke with Johnson and was instrumental in his return, getting him to watch the movie after it was completed…
“We reached out to Dwayne and his team, and said, ‘Just come and watch the movie. You have to love the movie first.’ So he came to see the movie and really loved it, and when we started talking.”
And now the family is back together, as Johnson says himself in a new social media post. For those of you hoping the Fast & Furious movies were winding down, there are now three of them coming up in due course. Enjoy!
Hope you’ve got your funderwear on…
HOBBS IS BACK.
And he just got lei’d ??
Luke Hobbs will be returning to the Fast & Furious franchise.
Your reactions around the world to Hobbs’ return in Fast X have blown us away ????
The next Fast & Furious film you’ll see the… pic.twitter.com/vvtBgTBOnl
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) June 1, 2023