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The Rock refuses Vin Diesel's invitation to return to The Fast and the Furious

More than a month after Vin Diesel published an open letter asking Dwayne Johnson to return for the end of The Fast and the Furious , Luke Hobbs' interpreter finally responded: In an interview with CNN, The Rock declined the invitation of actor who plays Dominic Toretto in franchise.

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“I was really surprised by Vin's recent post. In June of last year, when Vin and I didn't really connect through social media, I told him directly and privately that I wasn't going back to the franchise. I was cordial to my words and said that I would always support the cast and would always hope the saga would succeed, but that there was no chance for me to come back. I spoke privately with my partners at Universal, all of whom were very supportive. They understand the problem. ", explained the actor.

The Rock responds to Vin Diesel about returning to the Fast and Furious franchise (Image: Press Release / Universal Pictures)

Vin Diesel's invitation for The Rock to return to the franchise came in November. In an Instagram post , the actor even quoted Paul Walker's death and appealed to his children, saying they called the fellow who will now star in Black Adam "Uncle Dwayne", and cited that "the time has come" for he goes back to the closing of The Fast and the Furious . Despite this, there was no way out and the disagreement between the two seems to remain in the air.

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Proof of this is that, still on CNN, The Rock stated that the publication of the former colleague was "an example of manipulation" and that "I didn't like that he mentioned his children in the post, as well as the death of Paul Walker. those out of it".

No way: Dwayne Johnson says his role in The Fast and the Furious is over (Image: Press Release / Universal Pictures)

"We had talked about it months ago and we came to a clear understanding. My goal all along was to end my incredible journey with this incredible franchise that is Fast and Furious with gratitude and grace," revealed The Rock. “It's a shame this public dialogue has muddied the waters. Despite everything, I'm confident in the F&F universe and its ability to deliver consistency to the audience, and I really wish my former co-stars and crew members the best of luck and success in the next chapter."

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The Rock's first appearance in Fast and Furious was in Operation Rio , the fifth film. In the story, Dwayne is a police officer who arrives in Brazil with a mission to arrest Dominic Toretto, who is on the run, and Brian, who helped his colleague to escape from prison. The actor's permanence during the films lasted until the eighth chapter, but, curiously, he and Vin Diesel did not get to act opposite even once, which opened up to the public the climax of the backstage .

"I didn't like that he mentioned Paul Walker in the post," says The Rock of Vin Diesel (Image: Disclosure / Universal Pictures)

The latest release, Fast and Furious 9 , hit theaters in June 2021 after a year of delays due to the covid-19 pandemic. In addition to Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris and Jordana Brewster star in the feature film. The film also marks Justin Lin's return to directing the franchise. All movies are available on Telecine .

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