Dwayne Johnson confirmed in an interview with MTV News that he will not be in Fast & Furious 9, according to Screen Rant.
“The Rock” told the outlet that neither he nor Jason Statham would star in the upcoming film, but he mentioned that he is open to returning to the franchise.
“The plan has always been for the Fast and Furious universe to grow and expand. As of now, we’re not in Fast 9 because they’re getting ready to start shooting,” he shared. “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.”
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Back in 2018, Johnson commented on the possibility of not appearing in the next film.
“Vin [Diesel] 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 moviemaking and collaborating,” he explained.
“It took me some time, but I’m grateful for that clarity. Whether we work together again or not. But I wish him all the best, and I harbor no ill will there, just because of the clarity we have. [laughs] Actually, you can erase that last part about ‘no ill will.’ We’ll just keep it with the clarity,” Johnson said.
Although Johnson and Statham won’t appear in the upcoming Fast & Furious film, fans still have the spinoff, Hobbs and Shaw, to be excited about. Idris Elba will play the film’s antagonist, Brixton.
The release date for Hobbs and Shaw is July 26, 2019.