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Confirmation, Dwayne Johnson’s Fast Saga Plans & Everything We Know

Warning: SPOILERS lie ahead for Fast X!Although Hobbs & Shaw was a hit spinoff movie from the Fast & Furious franchise, Hobbs & Shaw 2 still has yet to come to fruition — though there are still some Hobbs & Shaw 2 updates (thanks in no small part to a certain actors return to the franchise at the climax of Fast X). 2019’s Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw stars Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham as mismatched special-ops mercenaries Luke Hobbs and Deckard Shaw, respectively, who reluctantly team up to take down a cybernetically enhanced terrorist. The pair had been introduced separately in the Fast & Furious movies before they joined forces in a subplot of The Fate of the Furious, which acted as a backdoor pilot for their spinoff franchise, Hobbs & Shaw.

After Hobbs & Shaw became a big success at the box office — grossing more than $760 million worldwide (via Box Office Mojo) — Universal was quick to start work on a sequel. In November 2019, shortly after Hobbs & Shaw’s profitable box office run, producer Hiram Garcia announced (via that the studio was “extremely happy” with the film’s commercial performance and that they were “having conversations” about a sequel. But Hobbs & Shaw 2 still has yet to be produced, and Johnson and Statham have filled up their schedules with other projects. Will the Hobbs & Shaw sequel ever get made?

Related: Why Hobbs & Shaw 2 Is Taking So Long

Hobbs & Shaw 2 Latest News
Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham pointing at each other in Hobbs and Shaw

The most recent Hobbs & Shaw 2 updates aren’t about a Hobbs & Shaw sequel at all but are adjacent to it, as it’s been confirmed the Fast Saga will be gaining a Dwayne Johnson-led Hobbs solo movie. In a Fast X post-credits scene, Dwayne Johnson returns as Hobbs after stating that he would never go back to the franchise. He is threatened by Dante Reyes (Jason Momoa) after Hobbs killed Dante’s father, Hernan, in Fast Five. The post-credits scene sets up an epic face-off between the two most charismatic Hollywood leads working today, and now it has been revealed that it wasn’t setting up Fast & Furious 11, but a Hobbs solo movie.

Johnson announced that the next movie in the Fast and Furious franchise will be the Hobbs spin-off movie. There isn’t a release date for the Hobbs spin-off movie yet, but the film will reportedly act as a bridge between Fast X and Fast and Furious 11, which means that it’ll have to be fast-tracked into production given that Fast & Furious 11 will be released in 2025. However, the Hobbs solo movie could be released after the series finale and act as a prequel, as the franchise has a notoriously messy timeline.

In December 2022, Kelly McCormick, the producing partner of Hobbs & Shaw director David Leitch, shared a disappointing Hobbs & Shaw 2 update. She said, “We would love to [make Hobbs & Shaw 2]. There’s no conversations at this time.” She explained that it’s all dependent on Dwayne Johnson’s hectic filming schedule: “Dwayne’s a really busy guy and, you know, he would be the one to motivate all of that. So, you know, we’re ready if he wants to.” Leitch and McCormick are eager to make Hobbs & Shaw 2, but Johnson needs to be available for the spinoff sequel to happen.

McCormick did mention that the door remains firmly open for a Hobbs & Shaw sequel. She said, “There were a lot of seeds planted” for future storylines in the first film. Hobbs & Shaw included cameo appearances by Ryan Reynolds and Kevin Hart — as CIA Agent Victor Locke and Air Marshal Dinkley, respectively — that could be expanded into more fleshed-out characters in Hobbs & Shaw 2. McCormick said that setting the table for sequel stories was “intentional, but not necessarily because we had plans in mind, just because it would be fun to have different players for them to play with [in a sequel].”

Related: The Rock’s Fast & Furious Return: 10 Biggest Implications & Changes

Hobbs & Shaw 2 Is Reportedly Confirmed
Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham walking with weapons in Hobbs and Shaw

Hiram Garcia, one of Dwayne Johnson’s partners and closest collaborators at Seven Bucks Productions, confirmed (via TheWrap) that Hobbs & Shaw 2 is in active development: “We never like to announce anything like that prematurely… but we are writing the story.” Since the script is still being developed, production could be a while away, but the sequel is happening. Garcia teased that Johnson and co. have a “very ambitious vision” for the Hobbs & Shaw sequel. When Johnson is available to start work on Hobbs & Shaw 2, Garcia said, “We have some huge, fun ideas of what we want to do with it.” It’s unclear whether this Hobbs solo movie is an original idea or if it stems from the Hobbs & Shaw 2 development.

Hobbs & Shaw 2 Release Date Info
Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham take down bad guys in Hobbs and Shaw

When asked about the delays to Hobbs & Shaw 2 (via CinemaBlend), Johnson explained that every movie he takes on has to have what he describes as “the Moses Effect,” which means an incoming project has “the ability to push all the other projects to the side” and take top priority. He named Red Notice, Jungle Cruise, and Black Adam as three movies that had the Moses Effect that caused him to clear his schedule to make them happen. If Hobbs & Shaw 2 doesn’t have the Moses Effect, it’ll remain in development hell indefinitely.

Johnson has a couple of other projects on the docket before he can start work on Hobbs & Shaw 2. His next movie, the Christmas-themed action comedy Red One, is set for release on Prime Video in the holiday season of 2023. From a script by Chris Morgan, who wrote Hobbs & Shaw and various other Fast & Furious films, Red One will star Johnson as Callum Drift opposite Chris Evans as Jack O’Malley, J.K. Simmons as Santa Claus, and Bonnie Hunt as Mrs. Claus. Johnson has also signed on to reprise his role as the demigod Maui in a live-action remake of Disney’s Moana.

Hobbs & Shaw 2 Cast
Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham in the rain in Hobbs and Shaw

Since Hobbs & Shaw 2 isn’t officially going ahead yet, a cast hasn’t been announced for the sequel, but it’s possible to speculate based on who starred in the first movie. Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham would be expected to reprise their roles in Hobbs & Shaw 2, given that their characters’ names are in the title. Producer Kelly McCormick hinted that Ryan Reynolds or Kevin Hart could bring back their characters from the first Hobbs & Shaw movie for larger roles in the sequel. Hobbs & Shaw originally featured a Keanu Reeves cameo, so the John Wick star could also pop up in Hobbs & Shaw 2 instead.

The extended families of both Hobbs and Shaw were featured prominently in the first film, from Cliff Curtis and Roman Reigns as Hobbs’s brothers to Vanessa Kirby and Helen Mirren as Shaw’s sister and mother, respectively. They could all return in Hobbs & Shaw 2, even if it’s just for brief cameos. In a Facebook Q&A, Dwayne Johnson said the Hobbs & Shaw sequel would introduce new characters to the ensemble. Vin Diesel has said that he’d like Robert Downey Jr. to join the Fast & Furious franchise, while Michelle Rodriguez named Matt Damon (via Variety), As neither of those actors featured in Fast X, they could make their franchise debut in Hobbs & Shaw 2.

Hobbs & Shaw 2 Story Details
Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham with guns in Hobbs and Shaw

While the plot synopsis for Hobbs & Shaw 2 is being kept under wraps, the development of a story treatment is well underway. Dwayne Johnson pitched a Hobbs & Shaw 2 story idea that will subvert the expectations of a Fast & Furious movie. He explained, “There’s an idea that I had that I called [Universal Pictures chairwoman] Donna Langley… and I said, ‘I have this idea and this direction for [Hobbs & Shaw 2],’ and I pitched.” Johnson has described his pitch for the sequel as “the quintessential Hobbs movie.”

Johnson also said that his concept for Hobbs & Shaw 2 will be “the antithesis of what Fast & Furious movies generally are in that they continue to go on and go on and go on.” It sounds like Johnson is envisioning a Logan-style finale that will definitively conclude Hobbs’s on-screen journey. Ever since his debut in Fast Five, Hobbs has been characterized as an invincible superman who has escaped death countless times. In Hobbs & Shaw 2, Johnson explains, “you watch a man walk off into the sunset.” If he doesn’t go down in a blaze of glory in the sequel, he’ll at least retire.

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Fast & Furious 11 Release Delay & Filming Start Date Confirmed By Director


Fast and Furious 11
is facing a release date delay to Summer 2026 due to strikes, with director Louis Leterrier confirming the sequel will not be hitting its April 4, 2025 date.
Leterrier also confirms that filming starts in Fall 2025 after finishing a horror movie in September.
The final installment in the
Fast Saga
reunites Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto for one last ride, while also leaving the door open for other spinoffs.

After facing multiple delays due to the 2023 SAG-AFTRA and Writers Guild of America strikes, Fast and Furious 11 is seeing its release date delayed. The next installment in the Vin Diesel-fronted franchise is expected to be the last mainline sequel, while development continues on the Dwayne Johnson-led spinoff Hobbs & Reyes, a mysterious standalone movie penned by Fast X’s Zach Dean and a potential female-led spinoff. While a filming start date was never confirmed, Universal had previously set the movie for an April 2025 release date.

During a recent interview with Collider at a CCXP MX panel, Louis Leterrier was asked for an update on Fast and Furious 11. The director went on to confirm that the final mainline installment in the action franchise will no longer be making its April 4, 2025 release date, instead now aiming for a Summer 2026 release window with the filming start date being set for this fall. Check out what Leterrier said below:

It’s happening. It’s happening very, very soon. I’m able to shoot a little horror movie this summer. I’m finishing my horror movie on September 15th, and I start Fast on September 16th.

Will Fast 11’s Multiple Delays Help Or Hurt The Sequel?

Much like the tenth film before it, Fast and Furious 11 has faced a few behind-the-scenes hardships in its road to getting off the ground, namely the delays stemming from the 2023 strikes. While the latest movie seems to have retained its core creative team in comparison to the shift in directors from franchise vet Justin Lin to Leterrier on Fast X after reported creative differences between the former and Diesel, this change didn’t seem to help much with the continued downward trend recent sequels have seen from critics. Check out how the franchise’s Rotten Tomatoes scores compare below:

Title RT Critical Score RT Audience Score The Fast and the Furious 54% 74% 2 Fast 2 Furious 37% 50% The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift 37% 69% Fast & Furious 28% 67% Fast Five 78% 83% Fast & Furious 6 71% 84% Furious 7 81% 82% The Fate of the Furious 67% 72% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw 67% 88% F9: The Fast Saga 59% 82% Fast X 56% 84%

Even looking outside the Fast and Furious franchise, many movie sequels have found themselves hurt by various delays, be they from creative changes, general release shifts or other factors. The action genre in particular is one in which lengthier development periods can lead to diminishing returns, be it A Good Day to Die Hard, Rambo: Last Blood or Diesel’s own xXx: The Return of Xander Cage. While Fast and Furious 11 may only be getting pushed back by a year, the delay is nonetheless a concern that the final installment could find itself in trouble.

Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) looking angry with Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) looking unimpressed in Fast & Furious

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On the other hand, the longer wait for Fast and Furious 11 to close out the mainline series of movies could actually prove beneficial for the sequel. Though Leterrier may be busy with another project in the lead-up to filming the next installment, writers Oren Uziel and Christina Hodson should now have more than enough time to really look back at the script and ensure it learns from the critical missteps of recent installments to deliver a satisfying conclusion to the Dominic Toretto saga.

Source: Collider

Fast and Furious 11 temp poster Fast and Furious 11 Fast and Furious 11 is the final movie in the Fast Saga. It reunites Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto with the rest of the cast for one last ride. However, the franchise is open for spinoff films like Hobbs & Shaw afterward.Director Louis Leterrier Release Date April 4, 2025 Distributor(s) Universal Pictures Writers Christina Hodson , Oren Uziel

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Vin Diesel Already Has His Perfect Fast & Furious Replacement Franchise With 51-Year-Old Remake


Vin Diesel’s dominance in Fast & Furious is ending, but Kojak could kick off a new action franchise for him.
Kojak’s reboot faces an uncertain future, but its similarity to Fast & Furious makes it a worthy project for Diesel.
Diesel’s potential shift from criminal racer to cop signifies a fresh start in a possible Fast & Furious-like series.

Vin Diesel’s days of playing Dominic Toretto are numbered, but the actor has already found his perfect Fast & Furious replacement. Diesel found a major breakout role in the early 2000s thanks to participating in The Fast and the Furious. The original 2001 street racing crime movie became the springboard for a sprawling franchise that has lasted for over two decades. The success of the Fast & Furious movies transformed Vin Diesel’s career, turning him into an even bigger star, especially in the action movie genre. But, Fast & Furious 11 is planned as the final chapter for him and the franchise.

The Fast & Furious franchise’s end will put Vin Diesel in an unfamiliar position of not having a major franchise to lean back on. This presents the actor with various options, such as changing the course of his career to pursue non-franchise roles. However, the more likely outcome is that Diesel will attempt to find a new IP that can replace Fast & Furious. He has had trouble in that regard recently, with franchises like xXx or Riddick running cold and Bloodshot and The Last Witch Hunter failing to launch franchises. There is another option for Diesel, though.

2:03 Vin Diesel as Dominic Toretto from The Fast & Furious Franchise

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Kojak Can Be Vin Diesel’s New Action Crime Franchise After Fast & Furious
Diesel Has Been Developing The Reboot Since 2015

The impending conclusion of the Fast & Furious franchise means it is finally time for Vin Diesel’s Kojak reboot to get off the ground. The project was announced back in 2015 with Diesel re-teaming with Universal Pictures, the studio behind Fast & Furious, to develop a movie based on Kojak. The original TV series starred Telly Savalas as Theo Kokaj and ran for three seasons after debuting in 1973. The series revolves around Kojak, a New York detective known for being willing to go beyond the law and a love for cars and lollipops, and follows him as he investigates different cases.

Kojak was rebooted in 2005 as a TV show starring Ving Rhames, but it only ran for six episodes

Development on Vin Diesel’s Kojak movie has not been very active in the nine years since it was announced. However, it still maintains the base similarities to Fast & Furious, which makes the project a worthwhile endeavor for Diesel in terms of finding a new action franchise. He would now have another big action series about cars and crime, essentially making Kojak into a newer version of Fast & Furious. The irony here is that Diesel takes on the role of a cop after playing criminal racer Dominic Toretto.

Vin Diesel’s Involvement Can Morph Kojak Into A Major Action Franchise
Kojak Could Be A Fast & Furious Clone
Telly Savalas talking on the phone in Kojak

Looking at the original TV show, Kojak might not necessarily project to be a major blockbuster action franchise akin to Fast & Furious. The TV series was relatively grounded and small due to the nature of its production. However, the fact that Diesel and Universal pinpointed this property as something they wanted to revive together is telling. The announcement of Kojak’s reboot came months after Furious 7 debuted in theaters and took the franchise to new heights at the box office and in terms of how ridiculously big the action and story could get.

It’s sometimes difficult to remember that Fast & Furious started off with a story about DVD thieves who were also street racers before Diesel helped turn it into something much bigger. With that experience and success already behind him, it would be understandable if a similar path was envisioned for Kojak. The series could then morph into a Fast & Furious clone, one that gives Vin Diesel a new franchise to headline and Universal a “fresh” action franchise to grow.

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The Rock’s WWE Run Means Fast & Furious 11 Must Make 1 Major Hobbs Change


Hobbs from Fast & Furious 11 needs a gritty edge like The Rock’s WWE character to keep the franchise fresh and exciting.
The Rock’s time away from the Fast & Furious universe provides the perfect reason for Hobbs to return with a personal vendetta and a more savage attitude.
While Hobbs shouldn’t become a full-fledged villain in Fast & Furious 11, adding some edginess and dirty tricks could make his character more intriguing and dynamic.

Fast & Furious 11 must make one major Hobbs change after The Rock’s incredible WWE run. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s WWE return surpassed his recent movies, with the actor creating some of the best work of his career. Having returned to a thunderous reception, The Rock was able to flip the crowd’s reception by becoming a heel and playing a major part in WrestleMania’s main events. The Rock hasn’t played a villain on screen for years, as even his depiction of Black Adam lent more into the character’s anti-hero side, which made his wrestling run all the more refreshing.

While his wrestling character may not perfectly translate into the Fast & Furious universe, there is one aspect of The Rock’s WWE run that the franchise should attempt to implement. After debuting in Fast Five, The Rock’s best Fast & Furious scenes helped contribute to the movie series becoming so popular, with Luke Hobbs becoming an instrumental part of the story. He was even given his own spinoff alongside Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) and is set to get a solo movie in the future. Despite this, Hobbs would still benefit from adding one key aspect of The Rock’s WWE run.

The Rock’s WWE Run Proves Fast & Furious 11 Needs To Give Hobbs More Of An Edge
Fast & Furious Would Benefit From Hobbs Adopting Some Of The Rock’s WWE Tendancies
Dwayne The Rock Johnson in Black Adam, WWE, and Hobbs and Shaw

Given how electrifying The Rock’s recent WWE run was, there is no doubt Fast & Furious 11 needs to give Hobbs more of an edge. Although the character has had his more serious moments, like most of the Fast & Furious cast, Hobbs tends to mix action with comedy. Hobbs and Shaw are supposed to be two of the more stoic heroes, yet they are constantly at each other’s throats and cracking jokes to help maintain the franchise’s lighthearted core. However, giving Hobbs a grittier side would help the character thrive upon his return.

The Rock’s Fast & Furious return may redeem Fast X’s box office, but the character needs to come back stronger than ever. By allowing him to be more ruthless, he can still maintain some elements of comedy but also become more interesting in the process. Johnson proved that despite being a detestable heel, he was still as hilarious as ever during his recent WWE tenure. This proves that he can maintain Fast & Furious’ tone and humorous style while being more layered; therefore, Hobbs adopting some of The Rock’s WWE characteristics could make him even more entertaining.

Fast & Furious Already Has A Reason For Hobbs To Be More Savage
Hobbs Has Been Away From The Franchise For Several Years

Making a major change to Hobbs’ character could be tough to explain, but Fast & Furious 11 already has a great reason to make him more savage. His four-year absence from the franchise gives him a perfect excuse to come back with a vengeance and potentially have a personal attachment to Fast & Furious 11’s villains. Hobbs’ time away from the main story could be explained through a connection to Fast X’s secondary villain, Aimes. Aimes’ villain twist in Fast X was well executed and suggests he’ll be around for the sequel, which is the perfect reason to bring back Hobbs.

Having a more personal story with one of the villains could allow Hobbs to continue his great quips and one-liners, but it would also give him more of an edge.

Fast X never explained why he’s back, but having a personal vendetta against Aimes could be an intriguing reason. Given Dom and Dante are the focal point of the franchise’s conclusion, Hobbs returning to take down Aimes would avoid overshadowing the main story while still giving him an interesting role. Having a personal story with one of the villains could allow Hobbs to continue his great quips and one-liners, while also giving him more of an edge. This provides The Rock with the perfect reason to implement some of his heel traits while still portraying a morally good hero.

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Why Fast & Furious Can’t Bring The Rock Back As A Villain
Hobbs Already Appeared As An Antagonist In Fast Five
A custom image featuring Dwayne Johnson as Luke Hobbs in the Fast and Furious movies Custom image by Debanjana Chowdhury

Although The Rock’s villainous tendencies worked well in the WWE, Fast & Furious can’t bring him back as an antagonist. Johnson already played the main villain of Fast Five, as Hobbs was originally an enemy of Dom and his crew before becoming an ally. Hobbs’ role in Fast Five was one of his best, but despite being the main antagonist, he always had a level of integrity. Dropping all of this to make him a villain in the final movie would be completely unnecessary, especially as the franchise needs him to remain a hero for his spinoff.

Fast & Furious 11 may end the main story, but The Rock will be part of the franchise beyond this, and altering his character so drastically wouldn’t make any sense. Instead, adding some extra edge to his character would have the same effect and would avoid stealing the thunder from Dante and Aimes. Although Fast & Furious 11 shouldn’t make him a villain, the film can still allow Hobbs to play dirty and pull some cheap tricks in order to show a grittier side, while letting him taunt his enemies when he inevitably helps save the day.

Fast & Furious 11
is scheduled to be released in theaters on April 4, 2025.

Fast and Furious 11 temp poster Fast and Furious 11 Fast and Furious 11 is the final movie in the Fast Saga. It reunites Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto with the rest of the cast for one last ride. However, the franchise is open for spinoff films like Hobbs & Shaw afterward.Director Louis Leterrier Release Date April 4, 2025 Distributor(s) Universal Pictures Writers Christina Hodson , Oren Uziel

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