For months, Tyrese has screamed into the ether about why Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is singlehandedly ruining the Fast & Furious franchise. The universe seems to have heard Tyrese’s cries, at least in part, because Johnson says he is “not quite sure” he’ll participate in the ninth installment. What hath Tyrese wrought?
In an interview with Rolling Stone published on Wednesday, Johnson said he spoke to the godfather of Fast & Furious, Vin Diesel, about their own professional differences:
“Vin and I had a few discussions, including an important face-to-face in my trailer,” he says. “And what I came to realize is that we have a fundamental difference in philosophies on how we approach moviemaking and collaborating. It took me some time, but I’m grateful for that clarity. Whether we work together again or not.”
This clearly puts Johnson’s potential role in Fast 9, F9, F9ne, or whatever, at risk:
Does that mean he might not be back for the ninth installment? “I’m not quite sure,” he says. “Right now I’m concentrating on making the spinoff as good as it can be” – Hobbs and Shaw, co-starring Jason Statham, due next year. “But I wish him all the best, and I harbor no ill will there, just because of the clarity we have.” He considers this, then lets out a big, sly laugh. “Actually, you can erase that last part about ‘no ill will.’ We’ll just keep it with the clarity.”
This news should make Tyrese happy, because he, at least, may not have to work with his unofficial stepbrother in the main F&F film, and thus The Rock won’t destroy the team with his poison. But it doesn’t change the fact that the spinoff is happening.
As Tyrese previously explained at unnecessary length, in a series of rants on Instagram and in videos, Johnson’s spinoff has already created a rift in the Fast & Furious framily by causing its release date to be pushed back. “Everybody coming at me like I’m hating on Dwayne about his spin-off. I’m not.” Tyrese said while lounging in a limo. “The truth is, I just wish he was releasing it at a different time.” We all have dreams, Tyrese.