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The Rock’s Hobbs Doesn’t Work With The Main Fast & Furious Movies Anymore

Dwayne Johnson’s role as Luke Hobbs in the Fast & Furious movies no longer works the way it used to, but he has much more of a character future in the Hobbs & Shaw spin-offs. Arriving into the series in the Fast franchise’s most important movie, 2011’s reinvigorating Fast Five, Luke Hobbs (and by extension, The Rock himself) deserves much of the credit for making the Fast & Furious series into the blockbuster phenomenon that it is today. Of course, as the series has progressed, the shift in style that began with Fast Five has also taken it into some extreme territory.

Since Fast Five, the car stunts and action scenes have grown more and more outrageous to the point of being utterly ridiculous in F9, while Johnson has also jumped ship from the main series into the 2019 spin-off Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, opposite Jason Statham’s Deckard Shaw. A Hobbs & Shaw sequel is reportedly in development (which, after F9, is also primed to address the elephant in the room: the “Justice for Han” movement). Owing to a well-documented falling out with Vin Diesel, Johnson has repeatedly indicated he has no plans to return for the central series’ two-part finale in Fast & Furious 10 and 11, and pretty definitively shut the door on it during the press tour for Jungle Cruise. However, behind-the-scenes issues are far from the only reason why Hobbs is unlikely to ride with Dominic Toretto and his crew once more.

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Hobbs, to put it simply, no longer works as the kind of character that he was conceived as with the Fast & Furious movies being what they are now. That doesn’t mean the Fast franchise’s powerful fighter Hobbs needs to be retired, though: Hobbs & Shaw showed that the buddy-cop pairing gave both titular characters more room to grow, and the format introduces adventures that splinter off from the main series. Hobbs no longer has a fitting role to play in the Fast Saga, but Hobbs & Shaw is positioned to develop into a series in its own right.

Hobbs’ Role In The Main Series Has Run Its Course
Hobbs (Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson) - Fate of the Furious

When Johnson boarded the Fast Saga in Fast Five, Hobbs was at once protagonist and antagonist, pursuing Dom and his crew with relentless abandon as they plotted their heist, and becoming a one-off ally against their common enemy: Rio’s biggest crime boss, Hernan Reyes (Joaquim del Almeida). Hobbs graduated to become the crew’s Nick Fury-type associate in Fast & Furious 6, and though he was mostly injured and on the sidelines in Furious 7 (due to Johnson’s involvement with 2014’s Hercules), he still leapt out of his hospital bend and flex-cracked the cast off his arm to lend a hand in the final battle. Hobbs was back in The Fate of the Furious, but by that point, his role in the series wasn’t what it used to be.

Hobbs was no longer a dedicated lawman but more of a commanding general. The problem was that Hobbs worked best in the series as more of an arm’s length associate of Dom and company, rather than having a seat at their table. His introduction into the series also showed that he would never be fully comfortable under such circumstances, particularly in his relationship with Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto; they eventually came to be on the same side, but it was more of a begrudging yet sincere respect than a true friendship. He and Dom also could never truly bury the hatchet enough from their Fast Five animosity for either to become a lieutenant to the other, with Hobbs’ by-the-book leadership style contrasting Dom’s approach of improvising on the fly.

The Fast Saga Has Turned Into A Superhero Series (And Johnson Has His Own In The Works)
Roman and Tej going to space in a car in F9.

To say the Fast & Furious movies bear little resemblance to how the series began is an understatement of colossal proportions. What began in 2001 with street racing and DVD player heists in The Fast and the Furious has morphed into space travel, car magnets, and a transition into what is essentially a full-blown superhero franchise lacking only costumes and hero and villain titles. Tyrese Gibson’s Roman even posits that exact notion in F9, theorizing that Dom and his crew might be invincible with how easily they pull off such amazing feats and survive them unharmed. At the same time, Johnson is building his own comic book movie franchise with a lot of promise behind it.

Johnson has been developing the upcoming DC movie Black Adam as far back as 2008, and the concept teaser for at it 2020’s DC FanDome was among the event’s big highlights. Black Adam has been positioned as a power shift within the DC Universe; it’s the film to introduce the Justice Society of America with Hawkman, Cyclone, and Atom Smasher, and the title character’s history stretching back to his enslavement in the nation of Kahndaq establishes an epic historical scale to the story. Furthermore, Johnson’s frequently teased his endgame of Black Adam going head-to-head with Henry Cavill’s Superman, a titanic battle of gods among men that millions of fans are thoroughly eager to see happen. Considering the Fast Saga has morphed into its own superhero movie franchise — along with Hobbs having outlasted his original role — Black Adam seems like the far more intriguing comic book world for Johnson to dive into. At the same time, Johnson is a continuously powerful presence in more human-level action movies, and Hobbs & Shaw showed that this was where the real future for his character lies in the Fast & Furious universe.

RELATED: Why Fast & Furious Has To Keep Bringing So Many Characters Back

Hobbs’ Chemistry With Shaw Is More Compelling Than With Dom

As soon as Hobbs and Shaw met in Furious 7, Johnson and Jason Statham showed abundant chemistry as two enemies who later became unwilling partners in The Fate of the Furious. In Hobbs & Shaw, that really took off in the duo’s headbutting and attempts to show each up while trying to defeat the Eteon terrorist group and Idris Elba’s cybernetic assassin Brixton Lore. On a basic level, Hobbs & Shaw also put two former enemies together as allies, as the series had once done with Hobbs pairing with Dom. Looking at Hobbs’ relationships with Dom and Shaw, there’s a lot more potential in exploring the latter.

After their previous appearances together, Hobbs and Dom have nowhere left to go, either as enemies or as friends. Meanwhile, Hobbs’ odd-couple alliance with Shaw has a lot more to build upon, especially with the two having gone from foe to friend more gradually, and even now still not being beyond pranking each other (as seen in the end credits scene of Hobbs & Shaw). There’s more banter and fireworks to be had in Hobbs and Shaw riffing off each other, along with more grounded (by Fast & Furious standards) action scenes in the two being the most skilled fighters in the now pretty vast Fast & Furious character roster. Furthermore, the levity of Hobbs and Shaw’s pairing is far ahead of Hobbs’ relationship with Dom and his crew, which has come to mostly consist of Hobbs summoning Dom’s crew for the latest mission and the two trading the occasional quip. Actors Johnson and Statham clearly have a better behind-the-scenes rapport than Johnson and Diesel, and it shows through the onscreen chemistry.

Considering that F9 showed how potent the Fast & Furious brand remains even during a pandemic, it’s not hard to imagine some attempt being made to bring Hobbs back for the franchise’s finale. Still, aside from how unlikely that now looks with Johnson’s stance on the matter, anything short of the series giving a radical revamping to the role Hobbs occupies would just be a retread of a character dynamic that doesn’t fit the series anymore (admittedly, Fast vs. Furious would be one such way to do it.) On the other hand, more Hobbs & Shaw outings can utilize his character traits much more dynamically. With that, and Black Adam having more superheroic possibilities for Johnson than the comic book world the Fast Saga has become, there’s little to no reason for Hobbs to make a Fast & Furious comeback.

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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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