Dwayne Johnson Confirms Return for ‘Furious 8,’ Talks Spinoff Plans
Dwayne Johnson is a mega star, whose charisma alone can elevate an otherwise mediocre action film (his bulk and toughness don’t hurt, either). The wrestler-turned-actor is currently promoting San Andreas, which looks to be another so-so movie that will draw and entertain audiences based on his star power alone. While doing press for that film, Johnson gave a couple of quick updates on a franchise we’re all a bit more interested in: Fast and Furious.
During a press conference for San Andreas (via Collider), Johnson was asked if Hobbs would return for Furious 8, to which he replied, “Of course. It can’t go on without Hobbs.” You’re damn right, Dwayne Johnson. You’re damn right. So far, all we know of the eighth installment in the franchise is that Vin Diesel will definitely return (because you can’t have a Fast and Furious movie without Dom, either), and the film is targeting an April 14, 2017 release date.
There’s also been talk for some time now of Johnson’s Hobbs getting his own solo spinoff, which was originally rumored to arrive between Fast Six and Furious 7. In response to whether or not we’ll ever see that spinoff, Johnson offered this update:
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.
That’s a definite maybe, but a very optimistic maybe. Johnson is fantastic in the Fast and Furious franchise, and has proven himself as not only an action hero, but a delightful comedic presence. Unfortunately, Johnson has yet to find a film outside of the Fast and Furious franchise that properly serves all of his talents — he’s always a joy to watch, but the movies he’s in rarely rise to his level. A Hobbs spinoff could be the perfect starring vehicle for Johnson. His giant machine gun moment in Furious 7 is just a small (incredibly awesome) taste of the kind of huge, ridiculous action Hobbs could get into with his own film.