For a few years now, the people behind the Fast and Furious franchise have been stuck between The Rock and a hard place, with that hard place being franchise star Vin Diesel.
The two actors aren’t huge fans of each other. Reports of conflict on the set of 2016’s The Fate of the Furious were exacerbated by the duo trash-talking one another in the press. The Rock headlined the Hobbs and Shaw spin-off with Jason Statham but sat out this summer’s Fast Nine, purportedly the first in director Justin Lin’s Fast 9/10/11 trilogy that will close out the franchise, and has said he won’t appear in another installment.
But maybe Vin can change his mind; over the weekend, he took to social media and started trying to.
Diesel posted an Instagram photo of him and his former costar in an attempt to make nice and beg The Rock to return for Fast 10.
“My little brother Dwayne… the time has come,” Diesel wrote. “The world awaits the finale of Fast 10. As you know, my children refer to you as Uncle Dwayne in my house. There is not a holiday that goes by that they and you don’t send well wishes… but the time has come. Legacy awaits. I told you years ago that I was going to fulfill my promise to [Paul Walker]. I swore that we would reach and manifest the best Fast in the finale that is 10! I say this out of love… but you must show up, do not leave the franchise idle you have a very important role to play. Hobbs can’t be played by no other. I hope that you rise to the occasion and fulfill your destiny.”
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The long-delayed Fast Nine hit theaters in June and performed well, though there’s a general sense that the franchise is running out of steam. Bringing The Rock back would definitely inject some energy into the tenth, and perhaps 11th, installment of the long-running series.
As of yet, there’s been no response from The Rock, so it’s impossible to know if he enjoys being referred to as Diesel’s “little brother” – part of the pair’s conflict was supposedly over who would win in a fight, and Diesel making sure his Dom was on equal footing with The Rock’s significantly taller Hobbs. I’m gonna guess he does not.