Dwayne Johnson formally announced that he and his character Luke Hobbs are returning to the Fast and Furious franchise.
After his absence from the franchise, fans were left stunned by a surprise cameo by Johnson at the end of Fast X. Johnson had famously stepped away from the films amid an ongoing feud with Vin Diesel, who plays one of the main characters, Dominic Toretto.
Johnson explained in an Instagram post that the two had set their beef aside, and he will return to the franchise.
“Luke Hobbs will be returning to the Fast & Furious franchise,” he captioned the video. “Your reactions around the world to Hobbs’ return in Fast X have blown us away.”
He continued, “The next Fast & Furious film you’ll see the legendary lawman in will be the HOBBS movie that will serve as a fresh, new chapter & set up for FASTX: Part II.”
In the post, he addressed the issues between him and Diesel, saying they’ve set their problems aside.
“Last summer @vindiesel and I put all the past behind us. We’ll lead with brotherhood and resolve – and always take care of the franchise, characters & FANS that we love,” he continued. “I’ve built my career on an “ Audience First” mentality and that will always serve as my North Star.”
Johnson also congratulated everyone involved with Fast X, which has been a box-office success.
“Congratulations to my Fast Family & Universal Studios on the global success of FAST X and as always, Hobbs & @SevenBucksProd are motivated to help take the Fast franchise to new and exciting places for fans worldwide.”
Hobbs will receive a standalone film that will be released in between Fast X and what was supposed to be the end of the franchise in Fast X: Part II. Universal Pictures did release any plot details. Johnson will serve as a producer.