Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham’s Fast & Furious Spinoff Is Officially Happening

The Fast & Furious franchise is officially getting a spinoff — and no, it’s not a sequel to Tokyo Drift. It seems the chemistry between Dwayne Johnson’s Luke Hobbs and Jason Statham’s Deckard Shaw characters in the last action film, Fate of the Furious, was enough to inspire Universal to center a new movie around the pair’s antics. Shaw, a former villain with a heart of gold, and Hobbs, a hardass U.S. Diplomatic Security Agent, will presumably team up without Dom Toretto’s (Vin Diesel) family of vehicle-savvy criminals to save the world from Charlize Theron’s zombie cars (just kidding, hopefully those are long gone).

No concrete deals have reportedly been made for the actors just yet, but a release date was recently solidified. The action-buddy comedy is set to hit theaters on July 26, 2019, which caused a big delay in the premiere date for Fast 9, the upcoming addition to the Fast & Furious series. The move to push back Fast 9 to Easter weekend of 2020 immediately drew the ire of cast member Tyrese Gibson, who openly bashed Johnson’s decision to move forward with the spinoff at the detriment of the rest of the actors signed on to the ninth film. Johnson has yet to respond.

Universal has yet to name a director for the spinoff, but Variety reports that Shane Black is an early frontrunner. Black has plenty of experience directing big action properties, like Iron Man 3, Lethal Weapon 4, and the upcoming Predator reboot. He’s also in the process of working on Doc Savage, which follows an Indiana Jones-esque adventurer in the 1930s, with Johnson attached to play the titular role.

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13 Dwayne Johnson Gifts That Will Rock Your Socks Off

There’s a good chance that you, or someone you know, loves Dwayne Johnson, and with the holidays coming up, what better time to start crossing names off your list? From WWE memorabilia to DVDs to apparel, we’ve got something for everyone. So, what are you waiting for? Get to shopping!

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Tyrese Blasts Dwayne Johnson For Fast and Furious Spinoff, and We Just Want the Drama to Stop

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Just when we thought Dwayne Johnson and his Fast and Furious costars had settled their beef, Tyrese comes along and adds more fuel to the fire. On Wednesday, Universal Pictures announced that Fast and Furious 9 has been pushed back from April 19, 2019, to April 10, 2020. While Universal didn’t disclose the reason for the change, Tyrese is pointing the finger at Dwayne.

Just in case you need a refresher, Dwayne shocked fans back in November 2016 when he called his male costars «candy asses» in a scathing post on social media. Even though we never found out who Dwayne was talking about or why the feud began, something tells us this may have something to do with it. Here’s everything we know about the situation.

Sept. 9, 2017: Dwayne Signs a Mysterious Business Deal

Following rumors that a Hobbs and Shaw spinoff was in the works, Dwayne shared an Instagram photo of himself signing a mysterious business deal on his «Get Sh*t Done» table.

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Almost immediately after, Tyrese commented on Dwayne’s photo, warning him not to move forward with the Hobbs spinoff project. Tyrese then explained that he only commented on Dwayne’s «timeline» because Dwayne hadn’t responded to any of his text messages.

Sept. 12, 2017: Tyrese Still Hasn’t Gotten a Text Back

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It seems Tyrese’s efforts went unnoticed, because a few days later, he was back at it again. Tyrese even posted a photo of the two at a past Fast and Furious premiere on Instagram, writing, «I don’t do email bruh. You got my cell same San Diego # hit me.»

Oct. 4, 2017: Fast and Furious 9 Gets Pushed Back

After Universal Pictures announced that it is pushing the release date for Fast and Furious 9 to 2020 (it was originally scheduled for release in 2019), Tyrese put the blame on Dwayne, calling him out in yet another scathing Instagram post.

Oct. 5, 2017: Universal Announces Fast and Furious Spinoff

With Fast and Furious 9 moved back to 2020, Universal officially confirmed that a Fast and Furious spinoff is in the works. The film, which will star Dwayne and Jason, is set to hit theaters on July 26, 2019, and one person who probably won’t be watching it is Tyrese.

Following Universal’s announcement, Tyrese posted a photo of the «Fast Family» on Instagram, along with a message for Dwayne. «Diversity, love, multi ethnic worldwide multi generational, United Nations, One Race, Fast Family…… Until Dewayne showed up I guess this whole time he had a problem cause he wasn’t the ONLY ONE on the movie poster………..,» Tyrese wrote. «I guess dreams do come true congratulations to @hhgarcia41 and @therock you guys are just amazing you really broke up the #FastFamily I tried to warn you guys… You thought I was hating…… I was simply fighting to keep the family together what makes us great is when you see us all TOGETHER we don’t fly solo….. #MyLastPost today….. I got 3 years of venting on this clown — They offered but YOU didn’t have to agree with a solo #HobbsMovie #OriginalFastFamily we salute you and stand on your shoulders #VinDiesel #PaulWalker #RobCohen #RomanTej were offered a spin off we TURNED IT DOWN!!!»

Vin Diesel also shared a photo of his own on Instagram featuring Paul Walker and Tyrese and captioned it, «Brotherhood . . .»

Tyrese then reposted Vin’s snap on his page and changed the caption to read: «Never confuse determination with desperation….. What’s understood don’t have to be explained…… 44 million just got the memo…. Although it appears to be…. I’ve never been in this alone…….. #PerceptionVsReality #FastFamily like I said we don’t fly solo. President Obama’s integrity teachings is of a man who makes everyone feel like they MATTER…..»

Oct. 6, 2017: Dwayne Breaks His Silence

After Tyrese took one last jab at Dwayne when he posted a photo of himself sleeping in bed, Dwayne finally broke his silence on Twitter.


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Dwayne Johnson Has Done More This Year Than Most of Us Do in a Decade

Dwayne Johnson had a pretty f*cking busy year in 2016, and it seems he had absolutely no plans of slowing down this year. In addition to starring in two films, Baywatch and the Fate of the Furious, Dwayne will also be appearing in the upcoming Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and has signed on for a handful of other movies, including Rampage, Skyscraper, and San Andreas 2. And just in case that wasn’t enough, Dwayne also recently launched an ad agency company with ex-wife Dany Garcia called Seven Bucks Creative and is even considering running for president. Meanwhile, we can’t even make it through Monday without complaining. Keep reading for a look back at Dwayne’s busy year.

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Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart Are Nonstop Laughs in the New Jumanji Sequel Trailer

After what feels like an eternity of getting tidbits about Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, we now have two official trailers to obsess over. The sequel follows four high school students who stumble upon an old video-game console, which promptly sucks them inside the game’s jungle setting and literally transforms them into the adult avatars they initially chose (played by Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan, and Jack Black). Although the references to Robin Williams’s Alan Parrish aren’t in the trailers, tons of pretty great one-liners from Hart and Johnson are, so check them out.


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Dwayne Johnson Professes His Love For Lauren Hashian on Her Birthday: «I’m a Grateful Man»

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Dwayne Johnson is usually pretty private when it comes to his relationship with longtime girlfriend Lauren Hashian, but on Monday, the actor penned a heartfelt tribute for Lauren in honor of her 33rd birthday. Along with an Instagram album of her birthday surprises, Dwayne wrote, «Surprise to my @laurenhashianofficial! 🎊🎉🎈👏🏾 HAPPY BIRTHDAY to a very special, beloved, one of a kind girl. I had my trailer decorated as a surprise when she walked in as we sang some happy birthday.. But why stop there when we can have mo fun… as she was getting this trailer surprise, I had a crew go to our house and decorate so when she got home she was surprised yet again. We celebrated all weekend and to cap it off our lovely mamas performed a beautiful Polynesian hula for the honored birthday girl. THANK YOU TO EVERYONE, family, friends and all who was involved in creating such a phenomenal birthday weekend for Lauren. Amazing and so cool to see all the endless love that everyone has for this girl. Myself included.»

Dwayne also couldn’t help but gush about his love for Lauren, adding, «Happy Birthday darlin’ darlin’! I love you and you already know, but it’s appropriate I say it again, I’m a grateful man you were born. Now excuse me while I go destroy the rest of your cake. (liwdyn;) YM aka the surprise 👑.» Dwayne and Lauren have been going strong for nearly a decade now, and back in December 2015, they welcomed a beautiful daughter named Jasmine.

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What Each of Dwayne Johnson’s Tattoos Mean to Him

We all know The Rock is big and tough. However, take one scroll through his Instagram page and it’s clear he’s a softy at heart. The star, whose real name is Dwayne Johnson, recently gushed over his daughter in an adorable Father’s Day message on social media, and he’s been known to post cute family pictures. While his tattoos are part of his tough exterior, even those have heartfelt meaning with a touching story behind each one. After he shared why he evolved his iconic bull tattoo and the thought process behind it on Instagram, we got to thinking: what do all those symbols in his tattoos stand for?

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Don’t Let Trump’s Tweets Distract You From Dwayne Johnson’s New Salt and Pepper Beard

Dwayne Johnson has officially reached silver fox status. Sometime during the last few weeks, the Ballers star began popping up on Instagram with salt-and-pepper-flecked facial hair that had made us 1) do a double take and 2) cup our hands around our mouths and yell, «DAD!» We’ve rounded up all the photos and videos Dwayne has posted so far so you can see that sexy scruff in action and forget about all that other stuff going on for a second.

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Nobody Is Safe From Dwayne Johnson’s Epic Pranks, Not Even His Fans

Dwayne Johnson may play a tough guy on screen, but he’s actually a pretty funny — and handsome — «sumb*tch.» When he’s not giving his pal Kevin Hart a hard time, you can almost bet he’s messing with somebody else. And by «somebody else,» we mean his fans. The former WWE superstar often shares videos of himself playing pranks on social media, and it’s become quite clear that nobody is safe from his antics. From little kids to grown men, take a look at all the people who’ve fallen victim to Dwayne’s epic pranks.

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Dwayne Johnson Has Some «Devilish Fun» With Fans Who Waited 10 Hours to Meet Him

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Imagine waiting in line for hours to meet your celebrity idol, only to get completely blown off by them. Well, that’s exactly what happened to a group of excited fans who waited outside for 10 hours to meet Dwayne Johnson while he filmed scenes for Rampage — well, sort of. In the wee hours of Friday morning, Dwayne shared a hilarious Instagram video of himself playing a little prank on some very patient and very excited fans. «Devilish fun after midnight. 😈,» he captioned it. «Hey at the end of the day, I’m grateful fans will wait 10 minutes to meet me, let alone 10 hours. This kinda stuff will always the best part of fame and easiest part of my job. Now y’all get your asses home and get some sleep 💤. And thanks for being the best fans in the world.» There’s a reason we love Dwayne so much.

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