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The Rock & Vin Diesel’s Feud – Complete Timeline Explained

Warning: This post contains MAJOR spoilers for Fast XDwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Vin Diesel are allies in the Fast & Furious franchise — but despite the franchise’s focus on brotherhood and family, The Rock and Vin Diesel feud has been ongoing for years. Other than only two movies, Vin Diesel has been a staple of the Fast & Furious franchise as Dominic Toretto. Dwayne Johnson joined the family in 2011 with Fast Five, taking on the role of Luke Hobbs — a federal agent who is tasked with tracking down Toretto and his partner, Brian O’Connor (Paul Walker).

Johnson returned to the role of Hobbs through the eighth installment in the Furious franchise, The Fate of the Furious. However, partially thanks to The Rock and Vin Diesel feud, Johnson left the main franchise for the spinoff Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw in 2019. With the franchise coming to a close, the feud between Diesel and Johnson was making headlines again. Diesel publicly called for Johnson to return for the last two movies, but Johnson had no interest in Fast X. While the feud might have cooled off since their days filming together, the pair might never be the brothers that Diesel desperately wanted them to be.

August 2016 — Johnson Hints At The Feud On Instagram
Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson from Fast Five

The first signs of a rift between Diesel and Johnson popped up in an August 8, 2016, Instagram post from Johnson. The post — which has since been deleted — praised his female co-stars while criticizing some of his male co-stars, claiming that they didn’t conduct themselves as stand-up men and referring to them as “candy asses.” No names were included in the post, but rumors circulated that the post was targeted at co-star Vin Diesel.

In Johnson’s post (via Instagram) celebrating the end of filming for The Fate of the Furious, the star attempted to diminish the growing tensions, attributing it to the fact that “family is gonna have differences of opinion and fundamental core beliefs,” and that “like any family, we get better from it.” Diesel mostly avoided the social media drama, only once claiming that he was going to “tell everything” on Instagram — which, ultimately, never happened.

November 2016 — The Rock Confirms Their Beef To The Los Angeles Times
 Luke Hobbs tracks down Dom and his crew in Rio in Fast Five

While promoting the upcoming release of The Fate of the Furious and his recent casting in Moana, The Los Angeles Times asked Johnson about his growing feud with co-star Vin Diesel. Johnson doubled down on what he said the month previous, explaining that he was “very clear with what I said.” Johnson even attempted to put a positive spin on his feud with Diesel, claiming that interest in The Fate of the Furious skyrocketed after his feud with Diesel was publicized — even if Universal would have preferred the incident never happened.

April 2017 — Vin Diesel Finally Acknowledges The Feud
The Rock and Vin Diesel in Fast Five.

In an interview (via USA Today), Vin Diesel did his best to diminish the growing tensions. Diesel reassured Fast & Furious fans that he and Johnson still loved each other like family, claiming that things were blown out of proportion and Johnson was still “Uncle Dwayne” in his household. As a producer, Diesel claims he and Johnson didn’t always see eye to eye, and sometimes, their big personalities got in the way while working together.

“It’s not always easy being an alpha. And it’s two alphas,” Diesel explained. At the end of the day, however, Diesel explained that he was always rooting for Johnson’s success. “Dwayne has only got one Vin in his life. Dwayne Johnson only has one big brother in this film world and that’s me.”

April 2017 — Vin Diesel And Dwayne Johnson Attend The Fast 8 Premiere Together
Fast and Furious Vin Diesel The Rock

With the premiere of The Fate of the Furious, Diesel and Johnson put aside their differences to both be in attendance. Diesel continued his efforts to smooth out their tensions, reinforcing their status as a family. Johnson, however, took a less emotional approach when describing their feud, simply chalking it up to a case of “different philosophies.”

October 2017 — Vin Diesel Comes To The Rock’s Defense After F9’s Delay
Vin Diesel vs The Rock in Fast 5

Like many movies in recent years, F9 faced multiple delays before its June 2021 release. However, when the first delay was announced back in 2017, fingers weren’t pointed at Covid-19, but instead, The Rock. When Fast & Furious star Tyrese Gibson took to Instagram to express his anger at the film’s delay, he placed the blame on Johnson, accusing the star of making the franchise all about him. F9 was originally delayed due to the release of the Hobbs & Shaw spin-off, which Johnson starred in. Diesel was quick to come to his “brother’s” defense, saying the blame shouldn’t be placed on any one person but that the franchise as a whole required maintenance.

April 2018 — The Rock Clarifies Their Beef After F&F 8’s Release
Luke Hobbs looking serious in Hobbs & Shaw

With The Fate of the Furious finally released, one thing became clear quickly — Johnson and Diesel didn’t film a single scene together throughout the entire film. Johnson confirmed this fact in a cover story (via Rolling Stone), where he touched on his feud with Vin Diesel. Ultimately, Johnson attributed their tensions to a difference in professionalism and moviemaking.

The two had a serious conversation about the matter in Johnson’s trailer and finally came to an understanding of their differences — and the best conclusion seemed to be to just not work together. Johnson did say he wished Diesel “no ill will,” before he laughed and rescinded the comment, leaving his statement at the fact that he was grateful for the clarity between him and Diesel.

September 2019 — Dwayne Johnson Calls Vin Diesel His Brother Once More
A wounded Hobbs and Shaw looking in the same direction

Over a year after The Fate of the Furious’ release, it seemed the relationship between Johnson and Diesel was improving. The Fast & Furious spin-off Hobbs & Shaw had finally released in August 2019 — and, while celebrating the movie’s success in an IGTV video, Johnson expressed his gratitude for Diesel’s support in the film. “Lastly, but not least, want to thank brother Vin for your support of Hobbs & Shaw,” he said.

The sentence is ultimately minor — and might have been influenced by Universal — but after years of what seems like a petty feud, Johnson referring to his brother once more is a major step forward. Until this point, Diesel was the one pushing the idea that the pair was a family; however, Johnson seemed to be warming up to the idea once again.

June 2021 — Diesel Opens Up About His Differences With Johnson
Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson standing beside each other in Fast & Furious

In an interview (via Men’s Health), Diesel finally shed some light on where his and Johnson’s professional differences could have come from. When Johnson joined the Fast & Furious family in 2011, he was fresh off of his career as a wrestler, and Diesel believes it took extra “tough love” to get a solid performance out of Johnson. Tough love between two alpha-male personalities could certainly lead to some stepped on toes, even if done out of love — and after three movies’ worth of tough love, it could be the reason Dwayne Johnson and Vin Diesel didn’t film together for The Fate of the Furious and why Johnson didn’t return to his role as Hobbs for F9.

November 2021 — Vin Diesel Begs Dwayne Johnson To Return For F10
Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson in The Fate of the Furious

With the finale of the Furious franchise approaching, Vin Diesel took a risky move — he publicly pleaded for Johnson to reprise his role as Hobbs one last time in Fast 10. His letter, which he posted (via Instagram), began with Vin pleading to his “little brother Dwayne.” He attempted to appeal to Johnson with love from his own children and an obligation to the late Paul Walker and Furious’ destiny.

His appeal, however, seemed to fall flat. In an interview with Vanity Fair, Johnson laughed out Diesel’s earlier comments about his “tough love,” saying that one part of him feels that “there’s no way I would dignify any of that bullsh*t with an answer.” Diesel’s claim that they’re brothers was not appreciated by Johnson, either: “I have one big brother, and it’s my half brother. And that’s it.” Despite Diesel’s attempt to bring Johnson back to the Furious franchise, the star seemed dedicated to his decision not to reprise his role as Hobbs in the main Fast & Furious franchise any time soon.

May 2023 – The Rock Returns In Fast X
 Luke Hobbs tracks down Dom and his crew in Rio in Fast Five

Either The Rock and Vin Diesel feud ended and a post-credit scene was shot, or the two were working the audience the entire time. Remember, Dwayne Johnson was a professional wrestler, and it is a wrestler’s job to start and sell feuds. If the entire feud between Diesel and The Rock was just a ploy to spring this surprise return, it worked like a charm. No one expected Johnson to return to the franchise after all the harsh words said between the two men. Despite all that, when the credits rolled after the Fast X cliffhanger, there was one scene remaining.

Dante was finished with Dom at the end of Fast X, and he had a new target. It was Hobbs that put the bullet in his father, and he was now targeting the law enforcement officer, hoping to likely ruin him the same way he did before attempting to kill Dom. With at least one movie left in the franchise, and Dom likely looking for revenge, it appears The Rock and Vin Diesel feud has ended, and the two men will team up once again to take the battle to Dante, fighting side-by-side one more time, as family members do.

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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.

2:34 Image 147 Related Predicting The Ending Of All 13 Fast & Furious Characters In Fast 11 The Fast Saga is set to conclude with Fast & Furious 11 – or Fast X 2 – but how will Dom Toretto and his family’s stories come to a definitive end?

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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