Vin Diesel has stepped in to defend Dwayne Johnson’s decision to star in the upcoming “The Fast and the Furious” franchise spin-off.
This past week came confirmation that “Fast & Furious 9” had been pushed back a year to April 2020, while a spin-off about Dwayne Johnson’s Hobbs and Jason Statham’s Deckard was being moved forward and will hit July 26th 2019.
Franchise regular Tyrese has voiced his displeasure about this several times, slamming Johnson repeatedly in social media postings, but now Diesel has taken to Instagram to post a more positive message:
“I know there has been a lot of speculation as to why the Fast 9 release date was pushed… but it would be unfair to say it is anyone’s fault. As we plot the course to expand the Fast & Furious universe, one must be mindful to take stock of the roads we took to get here.
The pillars of authenticity, family and most importantly, our loyal fan’s perspective has been instrumental in procuring success. However, like any vehicle that has run around the globe eight times, the franchise is in need of maintenance.
My good friend and the godfather of Universal, Ron Meyer has granted me the time to do just that. We have some very exciting news to share soon… stay tuned. Yours truly, Dom #FamilyAlways”
Johnson has also finally gone on the record about the news, saying on Twitter: “My goal from day 1 was to come in and create an exciting/fun character for the fans, elevate the franchise and build it out. #HobbsShaw2019”
Gibson isn’t backing down as yet. We’ll see how this all pans out over the coming months.