Vin Diesel is here to try and smooth things over as more Fast & Furious drama rages on.
This week, Universal Pictures announced the ninth film would be released a year later than expected, in 2020. A day later, the studio revealed that a standalone spinoff movie starring cast members Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Jason Statham would hit theaters in 2019. This angered franchise co-star Tyrese Gibson, who pinned the blame of delaying the sequel on Dwayne.
Vin posted on his Instagram page Friday a throwback pic of him and Dwayne from Furious 6, writing, “Brotherhood… and all it’s complexities. This scene was filmed in Puerto Rico, I can remember it like it was yesterday. Such a beautiful island, the people were so warm and welcoming. I turned 43 that summer… and my son Vincent was born. A woman named Jan Kellyresponded to a question I had asked on Facebook, ‘who they would like to see me work with?’ She said would love to see me work with Dwayne… I listened to her request and he became Hobbs.”
Co-star Ludacris commented on the post with two muscle emojis.
He had tweeted on Friday, “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.”
After the release dates of both films were announced, Tyrese wrote on Instagram, “Congratulations to @TheRock and your brother in law aka 7 bucks producing partner @hhgarcia41 for making the fast and the furious franchise about YOU…Gn folks see you in 2020 April #FastFamily right? Nah…it’s about #TeamDewayne #3yrs will it be worth the wait? #NoShaw just Hobbs will this be another #BayWatch? Guys guys just relax I’m just a passionate film critic.”
The Rock has not responded publicly to Tyrese.
“But you know, look, in life, it happens where you have fundamental differences and philosophies from other people and I believe in doing things a certain way, he believes in doing things another way and that’s just the way it is,” he continued. “But yeah, we had a good chat.”
“And I’ve always appreciated that about you throughout the years,” she tells him in the clip. “And just know if I ever post anything, that’s not you I’m talking to.”