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The Rock Found His Fast & Furious Replacement 6 Years Ago


Jumanji movies are The Rock’s most successful outside Fast & Furious, offering fun, engaging characters and high box office earnings.
Jumanji 4 delays could impact its box office potential due to production challenges and The Rock’s jam-packed schedule.
The Rock’s perfect role seems to be in Jumanji, balancing humor and action, but Fast & Furious 11 may delay Jumanji sequels.

While Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson seems to have already worked out a perfect replacement for the Fast & Furious franchise, the progress of this series has still been frustratingly slow. The Rock’s movie career has been incredibly impressive, but his star power isn’t always enough to fuel an entire franchise. From Jungle Cruise to Black Adam to Southland Tales, The Rock has appeared in plenty of movies that were not financially successful enough to warrant an immediate string of sequels and spinoffs. His role in the Fast & Furious franchise ensures that The Rock remains a huge box office draw, but not a consistent one.

Although not all of Dwayne Johnson’s movies are hits, the star does have plenty of successes to his name. Baywatch succeeded at the box office in 2017, while Rampage proved a hit a year later. Moreover, the Fast & Furious franchise isn’t the only popular series in which the star plays a major role. 2017’s Jumanji; Welcome to the Jungle was a massive hit for Johnson and its 2019 sequel Jumanji: The Next Level managed to repeat the comedy adventure’s success. Jumanji; Welcome to the Jungle earned a staggering $995 million at the box office while its sequel made $800 million.

Jumanji Is The Rock’s Most Successful Fast & Furious Replacement
The Jumanji movies play to The Rock’s screen strengths better than other franchises

Not only did both
movies make an incredible amount at the box office, but they also earned great reviews.

The Jumanji movies are the most financially and critically successful of The Rock’s movie franchises outside of the Fast & Furious saga. The adventure series seems like a natural choice to replace that franchise when it finally ends. Not only did both Jumanji movies make an incredible amount at the box office, but they also earned great reviews. Admittedly, Jumanji; Welcome to the Jungle was a bigger success than its followup, but both movies were well-regarded by reviewers, and Jumanji: The Next Level changed enough of the original movie’s formula to feel fresh, funny, and interesting.

Particularly after Jungle Cruise failed with critics and audiences alike, the Jumanji movies look more and more like The Rock’s best hope after the Fast & Furious franchise. They are even more family-friendly than the Fast & Furious series and feature other bankable stars like Jack Black. While Skyscraper and Rampage succeeded as standalone hits, Jumanji has engaging characters around which a successful, longstanding series can be built. Like Fast & Furious, the franchise is more about the interplay between its heroes than its action set-pieces. Despite this, Jumanji still doesn’t have a third installment five years after Jumanji: The Next Level was released.

Why Jumanji 4 Hasn’t Happened Yet
Jumanji 4’s unexplained production delays could jeopardize its box office

According to an interview with series star Karen Gillan, there is no known reason for the lengthy wait between Jumanji movies. Gillan told The Hollywood Reporter that, while it was hard to align the schedules of everyone involved, she had not yet heard any specific plans for the sequel beyond the fact that it would someday enter production. Jumanji 4 taking so long could hurt the movie’s box office prospects, since viewers won’t wait forever for a follow-up to the 2019 sequel. However, the fact that Gillan didn’t mention any specific impediments to the movie’s production could be good for the franchise.

While The Rock is busy with DC projects and the Fast & Furious movies, Jack Black has the Super Mario Bros franchise, Borderlands, the Minecraft movie, and the Kung Fu Panda series keeping him busy. Few of these franchises have proven as astronomically successful as the Jumanji movies, but both The Rock’s Fast & Furious movies and Black’s Kung Fu Panda series are more reliable than the delayed Jumanji series. The fact that it has been five years since the release of Jumanji: The Next Level places more pressure on the franchise’s next installment, something that the Fast & Furious sequels avoided by arriving at regular intervals.

The Rock’s Fast & Furious Return Might Make Jumanji 4 More Difficult
The star’s busy slate won’t make shooting the sequel easy

Although The Rock is always likely to be busy, his screen presence in the final installment of a beloved multi-billion dollar franchise is about as big an impediment to a potential
sequel as one could imagine.

The fact that The Rock will return in Fast & Furious 11 could ironically see the actor’s biggest franchise hurt his second-biggest series. The closing credits of Fast X revealed that Hobbs would be back in Fast & Furious 11, which will be the franchise’s final outing. This doesn’t bode well for Jumanji’s chances of receiving a sequel any time soon. Although The Rock is always likely to be busy, his screen presence in the final installment of a beloved multi-billion dollar franchise is about as big an impediment to a potential Jumanji sequel as one could imagine.

Even if The Rock could somehow film both Fast & Furious 11 and Jumanji 4 at the same time, there is another problem with his role in the final outing of the series. Fast & Furious 11 hopes to salvage the box office underperformance of the last two movies in the series, which means the last thing that the sequel needs is another Dwayne Johnson movie coming out and stealing its thunder. Even if The Rock makes new entries into both franchises almost simultaneously, Jumanji 4 couldn’t be released until after Fast & Furious 11. Since Fast & Furious 11 won’t arrive until 2025, that’s quite a wait.

Jumanji Is The Movie Franchise The Rock Has Been Searching For
Jumanji’s action/adventure/comedy hybrid is ideally suited to The Rock
Dwayne Johnson looking to the side in Jumanji Next Level

The reason Jumanji 4’s delays are so frustrating is that the series represents a perfect distillation of The Rock’s screen appeal. Early in his movie career, The Rock struggled to translate his wrestling superstardom into mainstream popularity as a leading man. Movies like Walking Tall saw him take himself far too seriously, while the likes of Tooth Fairy saw the star overcorrect by leaning into an overly family-friendly, corny persona. The Rock found the right balance in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’s funniest scenes, with a blend of sweet character comedy and risqué jokes perfectly suited to him.

Now, Fast & Furious 11 may end up standing in the way of the star’s ideal role. Since Jumanji 2: The Next Level saw the player characters switch their avatars in the game, this allowed The Rock to effectively play a totally different character in the sequel. Whether he was an awkward teenage boy in the original movie or a grouchy old man in its sequel, the star was right at home in both movies. The Jumanji franchise provided a perfect outlet for the wrestling legend’s blend of charisma, self-aware comedy, and machismo, so Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson must prioritize the series as a result.

Karen Gillan as Ruby looking at Dwayne Johnson and Jack Black in Jumanji The Next Level Related Why Jumanji 4 Is Taking So Long After Next Level’s $800M Success Candidly Addressed By Star Karen Gillan offers a disappointing update on the potential Jumanji 4 and explains why the action-adventure sequel is taking so long to get made.

Fast and Furious 11 temp poster Fast and Furious 11 Director Louis Leterrier Release Date April 4, 2025 Distributor(s) Universal Pictures

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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

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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