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10 Fast & Furious Characters Who Must Return In New Hobbs Spinoff

Following the character’s return at the end of Fast X, it’s been revealed that Luke Hobbs will be coming back to the Fast and Furious franchise for his own spinoff, following the police officer’s conflict with criminal mastermind Dante Reyes. After a period of absence from the series due to behind-the-scenes conflicts with lead actor Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson’s return was completely unexpected and took plenty of Fast and Furious fans by surprise. It’s unclear whether The Rock will be returning to the main saga any time soon, but he’s revealed that Luke Hobbs will be seen again in his own spinoff project.

Hobbs also appeared in another Fast and Furious spinoff in Hobbs and Shaw, but this upcoming movie is said to be separate from that story too. It’s unclear exactly what the story is going to be about, though Fast X’s post-credits sequence suggests that Dante Reyes has Hobbs in his sights. The Fast and Furious series has always been about family and friendship, and while this spinoff is said to be distinctly separated from the main saga, audiences can probably expect to see plenty of beloved characters crossing over between stories and helping out their friend in his newest adventure.
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10 Dante Reyes

Jason Momoa as Dante held at gunpoint in Fast X

Given the basic premise of the project, Dante Reyes is one of the few characters that can be guaranteed to make an appearance. Jason Mamoa has been confirmed as part of the Hobbs spinoff’s cast, proving that his villainous character will play a large role in the story and probably give Hobbs the same treatment that he gave to Toretto in Fast X, seeking revenge for his father’s murder. Hobbs was actually the one to pull the trigger on Dante’s father in Fast Five, so their feud is going to be much more personal and intense.

9 Gisele Yashar

Gisele looks on in Fast & Furious 4

The return of Gisele Yashar at the end of Fast X was another huge shock that took Fast and Furious fans by surprise, as her character was presumed dead after seemingly falling from a flying plane at the end of Fast and Furious 6. It’s unclear exactly how Gisele managed to survive this accident without any lasting injuries, but that’s something that Hobbs’ spinoff could explain if she decides to help him in his fight against Dante. She’s one of the officer’s few remaining friends that’s known to be alive and well, so her inclusion in the story is among the most likely.
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8 Deckard Shaw

jason statham as shaw in fast x

Although Johnson has confirmed that his upcoming project isn’t related to Hobbs & Shaw, it would be a huge shame if Deckard Shaw wasn’t involved somehow. The pair have an excellent on-screen chemistry that’s led to several hilarious moments throughout the franchise, and despite brief absences from both actors, they’ve both returned now at the perfect time to share the screen again. Following Shaw’s appearance in Fast X, it also makes sense that he’d want to help Hobbs take down Dante since the latter put his mother’s life in danger.

7 Hattie Shaw

Vanessa Kirby in Fast and Furious Presents Hobbs and Shaw

Bringing Hattie Shaw back for the Hobbs’ spinoff would be a great way of giving her character relevance again without forcing her into a story where she doesn’t exactly belong. She was a highlight of the Hobbs & Shaw movie, but Hattie never really found her place in the main franchise. Since Hobbs & Shaw 2 seems to be lost in development, this Hobbs spinoff would be the perfect place to continue Hattie’s story since he’s one of the few characters in the franchise that she knows and has a connection to.

6 Monica Fuentes

Eva Mendes as Monica Fuentes in 2 Fast 2 Furious

Bringing back Monica Fuentes would be a seriously bold move for the Hobbs spinoff, but it’s revelations like this that Fast and Furious has become renowned for. Fuentes was a US Customs officer that worked alongside Brian in 2 Fast 2 Furious, before appearing in an uncredited cameo alongside Luke Hobbs in Fast Five. The character was essentially written out of the franchise when Eva Mendes stepped back from acting, but her return would make complete sense given her shared history with Hobbs and the fact that she’s one of the few government officers that he knows he can trust.

5 Cipher

Charlize Theron as Cipher in Fast and Furious 9

The character of Cipher has always been an interesting one, first appearing as the primary villain in The Fate of the Furious before serving as an ally to Dominic Toretto and his team after Dante Reyes attempted to murder her. She’s brought a completely new dimension to the last few movies, with the audience constantly unaware of exactly whose side she’s on. She would definitely be an interesting addition to the Hobbs spinoff, particularly since the characters have such distinct personalities that would likely clash over their methods and strategies. She claimed that the enemy of her enemy is her friend, and Hobbs certainly seems to be Dante’s newest enemy.

4 Mr. Nobody

Kurt Russell as Mr Nobody in Fast and Furious

Despite playing a large role in movies such as Furious 7, the fate of Kurt Russell’s Mr. Nobody still remains a mystery. He was presumed dead after his plane went down at the hands of Jakob Toretto in F9, but the Fast and Furious series has tricked audiences with fake-out deaths enough times to cast some suspicion on that fact. It’s possible that Mr. Nobody is still out there somebody, living a quieter life and staying away from trouble. Mr. Nobody previously faked Han’s death to protect him from Deckard Shaw, so he clearly knows how to do it – and he’d be among the first to come and help Hobbs.

3 Queenie Shaw

Fast and Furious 9 Helen Mirren Queenie Shaw

Queenie Shaw first appeared in The Fate of the Furious and quickly became a fan-favorite character thanks to her signature sarcasm and larger-than-life attitude. The character also appeared in Hobbs & Shaw, so if Deckard is somehow involved in the upcoming Hobbs spinoff, it stands to reason that his mother would make an appearance too – particularly since he left to protect her at the end of Fast X. She would bring a much-needed sense of comedy to the project that could play brilliantly off Johnson and Statham’s chemistry.

2 Owen Shaw

It wouldn’t be right to bring the Shaw family back together without including Owen, who was the main antagonist of Fast and Furious 6 before teaming up with Dom and his friends in The Fate of the Furious on his mother’s orders. The main franchise is clearly trying to drift away from the Shaw brothers as the overarching villains, as they were in the sixth and seventh installments, but the Hobbs spinoff would be a great place to make them important again and give them a more suitable story.

1 Dominic Toretto

Vin Diesel as Dom in his back yard in Fast X

Dominic Toretto coming to Luke Hobbs’ aid in the upcoming spinoff would be an extremely touching moment for several reasons – not only have the characters been through several conflicts together over the course of the franchise, but it would also give the two actors an opportunity to prove (on a somewhat meta level) that the Vin Diesel/Dwayne Johnson feud is actually over and they can work together again. Toretto knows exactly how it feels to be targeted by Dante, so he’d be the first person to rush and help Hobbs when he finds himself in the same position – as soon as he gets out of that difficult Fast X cliffhanger.

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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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