Dwayne Johnson is returning to the “Fast and Furious” universe with a new standalone film, reprising his franchise role as Luke Hobbs.
On Thursday, the project was unveiled by Universal Pictures. The script for the untitled movie was written by Chris Morgan, a frequent “Fast and Furious” collaborator. The plot of the next film, according to people acquainted with the negotiations, would connect the events of the recently released “Fast X” to those of the anticipated “Fast X: Part II,” which is scheduled to be published in 2025. Johnson recently made an appearance as Hobbs, a diplomat security service agent, in a “Fast X” credits scene.
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Johnson will produce the film with Dany Garcia and Hiram Garcia for their Seven Bucks Productions, along with Vin Diesel and Samantha Vincent via their One Race Films. Additional producers include Chris Morgan for his Chris Morgan Productions, Jeff Kirschenbaum for Roth/Kirschenbaum Films and Neal Moritz for Original Film.
“Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw” and “The Fate of the Furious” were written and produced by screenwriter Morgan. The fifth, sixth, and seventh films in the franchise were written by him, and he also served as executive producer. With $320 million, Louis Leterrier’s “Fast X” earned the second-biggest global debut of 2023 and debuted at No. 1 in every country.
In a video released on social media, Johnson said Hobbs was making a comeback in Fast X. The caption read: “Your reactions all over the world to Hobbs’ return in ‘Fast X’ have blown us away. The Hobbs movie, which will act as a brand-new chapter and a prelude to “Fast X: Part II,” will be the following “Fast & Furious” movie in which you’ll see the illustrious lawman.
“Last summer Vin Diesel and I put all the past behind us,” Johnson added. “We’ll lead with brotherhood and resolve – and always take care of the franchise, characters & fans that we love. I’ve built my career on an ‘audience first’ mentality and that will always serve as my north star.”
Johnson is repped by WME, lawyers Gang, Tyre, Ramer, Brown & Passman, Inc. and The Lede Company.