The Rock Confirms “Furious 8” Return

Though much of the cast has signed on for multiple films, Dwayne ‘The Rock Johnson’s involvement in the “Fast and Furious” franchise has always been on a film-by-film basis. Coming into the series with “Fast Five,” Johnson’s been able to do three films now thanks to the production’s schedule being able to adjust to him.

Of course, the actor is always busy and in demand which means it’s not a certain thing that he’ll be back for each new sequel. Today though, out doing promotional rounds for the disaster epic “San Andreas,” the actor has confirmed that he’ll be stepping back into the role of federal agent Luke Hobbs for the next entry.

Asked directly if Hobbs will appear in “Furious 8,” Johnson responded to Collider: “Of course. It can’t go on without Hobbs.” Johnson was also asked about the possibility of a spin-off film that would focus on his character. He confirms there’s definite interest in the idea:

“We all are interested in it. I just had a big conversation with the studio. So we’ll see. I still think for me personally we’ve created a little bit of space for him in 7 and the gauge is set for what the audience will want. That’s my take on it, you know, but a lot of other people have to have input.”

The eighth film already has an April 14th 2017 release date which means filming on the project would likely begin either towards the end of this year or very early next year.