Why Is The Rock Not In Fast X? Dwayne Johnson’s Split From the Franchise

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The Rock in Fast X
Dwayne "The Rock" as Luke Hobbs in Fast and Furious (Credit: The Wrap)

Will Dwayne Johnson return to the newest franchise of Fast and Furious, Fast X? Well, many have been curious about it. As in the year 2016, Dwayne vowed that he would not return for any of the Fast and Furious films, it is intriguing to know what exactly happened to him and why he did not make any appearance as Luke Hobbs in F9: The Fast Saga and why he is not there in the recent film Fast X as well. 

Released in the year 2001, the Fast and Furious franchise has a long history with the plot following street racing and heist. Since its release, this film series has received immense love from all around the world, and even now, the storyline and the characters of Fast and Furious have kept evolving. In the year 2011, Vin Diesel became the producer of the Fast and Furious films, and soon, the new cast became part of the franchise.

One such character is Luke Hobbs, who first appeared in Fast Five (2011), a no-nonsense diplomatic security agent trying the capture the team of Dominic Toretto (played by Vin Diesel), a group of thieves who are skilled in driving cars. At first, Luke Hobbs tries his best to see his whole team of Dominic behind bars, but soon, further in the movie, his character surprisingly develops, and he becomes a part of Dominic’s team as his ally.

As Luke Hobbs becomes one of the significant parts of the team because of his intelligence and skills as a law enforcement agent, it was so unexpected of him not to appear in the further parts of the movie. So, what made him leave Fast and Furious after playing one of the main characters in Fast Five, Fast & Furious 6, Furious 7, and The Fate Of The Furious? Let us know here.

Why Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson Left the Fast and Furious Franchise?

The Rock, who appeared as a Law enforcement agent, Luke, in the Fast and Furious movies and then became part of Dominic’s team of thieves, was admired by all of the fans. Because of Luke’s tough nature from the outside and compassionate demeanor from the inside, he instantly received love from all of the Fast and Furious fans. The Rock announced that he would not be returning for further installments of the film series was unacceptable to fans.

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In the year 2016, The Rock expressed his concerns about the cast of Fast and Furious through his Instagram post, which is now deleted. When he was working for the filming of The Fate Of The Furious, during the last week of the filming, he said that it was his final week working as Luke Hobbs for Fast and Furious.

He also mentioned that no franchise other than Fast and Furious boils his blood despite the fact that the franchise has an incredible crew and even universal studios have great partners. Also, he expressed how outstanding his female co-stars were.

Vin Diesel and The Rock
Vin Diesel and The Rock from Fast and Furious (Credit: Marca)

However, he had concerns over the male co-stars, who, according to him, did not work like true professionals. He said that some of them are hard-working, while he referred to some as “Candy A*ses.” Dwayne Johnson’s Instagram post heated discussions among fans back in 2016, which also made some assumptions that Dwayne’s post particularly pointed towards Vin Diesel because he said in the post that in some of the scenes of The Fate Of The Fast X, it seems that he is not one of the significant characters of the film.

According to the fans’ theories, since 2011, Vin Diesel has always been the main character of Fast and Furious while Dwayne played a side character. As Dwayne has always been ambitious about his work as an actor, rather than working as a side actor, he decided to look for more opportunities. Additionally, he had a busy schedule as many of the prominent action movie creators required him to be a part of their films, and he also had his own production company. So, because of all these factors, The Rock decided to leave the Fast and Furious franchise.

Is Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson Returning to Fast X?

Fans considered that there were some tensions between both Vin and The Rock, but in the interviews after the incident, both of them downplayed the conflicts between them. Additionally, Vin also made an Instagram post calling The Rock back for Fast and Furious. He called Dwayne his little brother and mentioned that even his children call him ‘Uncle Dwayne.’ Vin Diesel asked Dwayne not to leave the franchise idle because Fast and Furious needed him, and no one else could play Dwayne’s character as best as him.

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Even after Vin Diesel’s constant pleas to call The Rock back on the Franchise, Dwayne was firm on his decision, and he did not return for the ninth installment of Fast and Furious. However, surprisingly, it has been confirmed that The Rock will make a cameo during the end credit scene of Fast X. Well, it is not yet confirmed what will happen in the scene and what his role will be, but sources have confirmed his appearance in Fast X.

Fast X will be arriving in theatres this week. So, be ready to enjoy Dominic Toretto’s new adventures, as his new enemy is as smart as him and has become a big threat to his family. So,  How Dominic Toretto is going to fight his enemies? Well, know that you should watch Fast X on Friday, May 19, 2023.

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By Sanjana Waingankar

Hi there, my name is Sanjana from Mumbai, and I work as a dedicated content writer during the week and as an enthusiastic social worker on weekends. You can find me writing content related to Hollywood and entertainment. Get in touch with me at sanjanawaingankar.27@gmail.com.

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