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WARNING: This article discusses SPOILERS for Fast X.

The Rock’s Fast and Furious return has major implications for Fast X and the rest of the saga. Dwayne Johnson’s return to Fast and Furious has been officially confirmed ahead of Fast X’s premiere. After starring in four Fast and Furious films, including one spinoff, and missing F9, The Rock rejoins the Fast family for the franchise’s finale.
Hobbs was introduced in Fast Five, during which the FBI was chasing Dominic Toretto and his crew. Hobbs would return in Fast & Furious 6, now part of Dom’s family. Johnson also starred in Furious 7 and The Fate of the Furious before exiting the main saga. Despite reprising his role as Hobbs in the Hobbs & Shaw spinoff, Dwayne Johnson was not expected to appear in any of the main Fast Saga movies following his clash with Vin Diesel. Here’s what Hobbs’ return means for Fast and Furious.

10 The Rock’s Return Is Great For Fast X & Fast 11’s Box Office

Jason Momoa's Dante Reyes in Fast X and Dwayne Johnson's Hobbs in Fast Five

Dwayne Johnson’s return to Fast and Furious in Fast X should have an immediate impact in the box offices of both Fast X and Fast X Part 2. The confirmation that The Rock has returned to Fast and Furious just a few days before Fast X premiers can only add to the anticipation leading up to the film, especially because Hobbs’ return always seemed very unlikely. Filming for Fast X began on April 21, 2022, and there were no hints or reports of The Rock returning as Hobbs until now. The Fast and Furious franchise is a box office titan by itself, but Dwayne Johnson’s star power can make it even stronger.

To put things in perspective, Fast Five, The Rock’s first Fast and Furious movie, grossed $626 million at the worldwide box office, a significant increase from Fast & Furious (2009). Fast & Furious 6, which saw The Rock’s Hobbs fighting side by side with Dom Toretto’s family, claimed $788,7 million at the box office. The two highest-grossing Fast and Furious movies of all time, Furious 7 and The Fate of the Furious, also featured Dwayne Johnson’s character. Both Furious 7 and The Fate of the Furious broke the billion-dollar barrier. Hobbs & Shaw, starring Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham, grossed $760, 7 million.

9 Luke Hobbs Must Be A Big Part Of The Fast Saga’s Ending

Dwayne Johnson as Luke Hobbs in The Fate of the Furious

According to The Wrap’s original report, The Rock’s Hobbs returns in Fast X for a post-credits scene. While no official comment regarding Dwayne Johnson’s Fast and Furious return has been made, the actor would surely not return just for a small tease in Fast X. Hobbs will likely play a big part in the Fast and Furious finale, which begins in Fast X. Originally, Fast & Furious 11, or Fast X Part 2, was expected to the be the final Fast and Furious movie. However, Vin Diesel recently teased Fast & Furious 12 as the actual ending. If Fast & Furious 12 happens, Hobbs might be back for two movies.

8 Is Dwayne Johnson & Vin Diesel’s Feud Over Now?

Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson in Fast & Furious 6

Hobbs’ exit from the main Fast and Furious movies was the culmination of a long feud between Dwayne Johnson and Vin Diesel. Reports of a clash between Vin Diesel and The Rock began during the production of The Fate of the Furious. Both actors would later confirm their feud, followed by the announcement that Dwayne Johnson would star in his own Fast and Furious spinoff, Hobbs & Shaw. The Rock did not return for F9, and it seemed like the bad blood with Vin Diesel continued. Hobbs’ return in Fast X suggests that the feud might be over, or that at least Diesel and Johnson are willing to work together.

7 Even More Characters Will Likely Return In Fast 11

The Rock as Hobbs and the Fast X cast

Fast X’s Hobbs return suggests that even more Fast and Furious characters will return in Fast 11. Vin Diesel has described the Fast and Furious finale as a story that had to be slipped into multiple pieces and referred to Fast & Furious 11 as Fast X Part 2 at CinemaCon 2023. How exactly Fast X leads into Fast X Part 2 remains to be seen, but Diesel has confirmed that the former ends on a cliffhanger. Fast X Part 2 can be the culmination of the Fast Saga, bringing back not only The Rock’s Hobbs but also other Fast and Furious characters. A potential Gal Gadot Gisele return, for example.

6 Hobbs & Shaw 2 Is More Likely To Happen Now

Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham in the rain in Hobbs and Shaw

Hobbs & Shaw grossed $760, 7 million on a $200 million budget, a solid start for what could have been a series of Fast and Furious spinoffs, Surprisingly, however, Hobbs & Shaw 2 never happened. The Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham Fast and Furious spinoff may not have outgrossed Furious 7 and The Fate of the Furious, but it made more than all other Fast and Furious movies released up until that point. With both The Rock’s Hobbs and Jason Statham’s Shaw back in Fast X, Hobbs & Shaw 2 becomes more likely to happen. Ideally, Hobbs & Shaw 2 could even feature other established Fast and Furious characters.

5 The Rock’s Return Proves Fast & Furious Still Needed Him

Dwayne Johnson and the Fast & Furious cast

More than a box office matter, The Rock’s return to Fast and Furious is good for the saga in terms of excitement. It is difficult to say what was the box office impact of Hobbs’ absence in F9, as the film was released in a pandemic context and therefore had a very unusual box office run. That said, F9 was just not as good as previous Fast and Furious movies, and The Rock’s absence is one of the reasons why. Be it as an antagonist or as a friend, Hobbs always brought something different to the Fast and Furious films. The best Fast and Furious movies featured The Rock, after all.
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Dwayne Johnson’s Hobbs stole the show in Fast Five, delivering an antagonist that was unlike anything Brian and Toretto had faced up until that point. The Rock’s inclusion in Fast and Furious summarized the saga’s transition from films about cars to an action-oriented blockbuster franchise. Despite them being on the same side after Fast Five, there was always tension between Dom and Hobbs. This tension set the tone for The Fate of the Furious, during which Hobbs had to chase Dominic Toretto once again.

4 Dwayne Johnson Coming Back To Fast & Furious Shows His Franchise Problem

Dwayne Johnson as Black Adam and Luke Hobbs in Fast and Furious

Dwayne Johnson’s return to Fast and Furious shortly after Black Adam’s box office failure confirms that Hobbs is The Rock’s most successful character. Even though Johnson has starred in multiple movies since The Fate of the Furious, most of which did okay at the box office, the star never got to launch a franchise as big as Fast and Furious. Not even Hobbs & Shaw, which could have been The Rock’s own Fast and Furious saga, got a sequel. The only exceptions are the Jumanji sequels, The Rock’s most successful movies outside of the Fast Saga. DC’s Black Adam could’ve been Johnson’s new franchise, but it flopped amidst a DC reboot.

3 The Rock’s Return Improves John Cena’s Fast & Furious Role

The rock john cena Fast and furious 9

John Cena joined Fast and Furious for F9 as Jakob Toretto, Dom and Mia’s long-lost brother, who had now returned as a villain. Jakob’s introduction right after Hobbs’ exit led to the perception that John Cena was replacing The Rock in Fast and Furious. Each Fast and Furious movie tends to be bigger than the previous one, meaning that F9 would have to find another action star to replace Dwayne Johson. This “Hobbs replacement” label played against Cena’s Jakob, who returns in Fast X. With Hobbs back into the Fast family, Jakob is no longer Hobbs’ replacement. In addition, The Rock and John Cena will finally be in a movie together.

2 Fast & Furious Can Focus Less On Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto

Dom Toretto driving his car in Fast X

The Rock’s return to Fast and Furious in Fast X means that the sequel can focus a bit less on Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto, something that had become a problem in recent films. Dom Toretto had been the face of the saga along with Paul Walker’s Brian O’ Conner since the beginning, but recent Fast and Furious films were just way too Toretto-centered. Obviously, without Brian, Dom had to become the sole main character. However, Dwayne Johnson’s Hobbs role allowed Fast and Furious to sometimes shift the focus from Dom to another major, entertaining character. Hobbs is big enough of a name to share the spotlight with Dom in Fast 11.

1 Hobbs’ Fast X Return Brings Fast & Furious Full Circle

Vin Diesel's Dom confronts Dwayne Johnson's Hobbs in Fast Five

Dwayne Johnson’s return as Hobbs in Fast X, even if from a post-credits scene ahead of a bigger role in Fast 11, brings the saga full circle. Hobbs was introduced in Fast Five, the movie that truly kicked off the current Fast and Furious franchise. Fast Five is now being revisited in Fast X, which brings the crew back to Rio de Janeiro to face Jason Momoa’s Dante Reyes. Jason Momoa’s Fast X character is the son of Hernan Reyes, Fast Five’s villain, who is seeking revenge for the death of his father. It was Hobbs who actually killed Hernan Reyes, not Dom, which adds to The Rock’s Fast X return.
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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

Related 10 Most Exciting Things To Expect From Fast 11 Fast & Furious 11 will pull all the strings to become bigger than the previous installments, and here is why the film is worth being excited about.

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

Related Vin Diesel May Have Spoiled Fast & Furious 11’s Ending With $2.7 Billion Movie Comparison Dom’s death happening in Fast & Furious 11 may have been spoiled already, with Vin Diesel comparing the upcoming movie to another big franchise.

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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