Tyrese Gibson adds another chapter to the unfolding drama of the Fast & Furious franchise as he took to his Instagram account to air his grievances towards Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson over the rumored spin-off film based on his character Luke Hobbs.
The actor/R&B singer posted a picture to Instagram announcing the date for the upcoming ninth installment of the Fast and Furious franchise which is set for Apr. 10, 2020. The film had been pushed back a year from its previous release date of Apr. 19, 2019, allegedly because The Rock reportedly agreed to star in a spin-off film from the franchise.
After previously taking aim at The Rock on Instagram, Tyrese posted a caption claiming that The Rock made the long-standing franchise about himself, rather than being considerate of the “Fast Family”.
“#PSA Congratulations to @TheRock and your brother in law aka 7 bucks producing partner @hhgarcia41 for making the fast and the furious franchise about YOU,” he wrote. “And like you, [Dwayne Johnson] even if they call I will not be deleting this post - 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 alleged Hobbs spin-off is rumored to also include Jason Statham, who will reportedly reprise his character Decker Shaw, and the film is reportedly set for 2019. So far, nothing has been formally announced by Johnson, Statham, or Universal Pictures.
In September, after The Rock posted a vague photo that was rumored to show him signing the contract for the Hobbs film, Tyrese vehemently voiced his disapproval of the film on Instagram because, according to the “Stay” singer, he was not responding to his text messages.
“If you move forward with that #Hobbs Movie you will have purposely ignored the heart to heart moment we had in my sprinter,” Tyrese wrote. “I don’t wanna hear from you until you remember what we talked about. I’m on your timeline cause you’re not responding to my text messages – #FastFamily is just that a family…….. We don’t fly solo.”
The next day, he clarified his comments saying that he does not have any personal animosity towards Johnson, but he did not want him to shoot the Hobbs film while the dates for Fast & Furious 9 and 10 were already solidified. He added, "we can't let our loyal fans #FastFamily or our loyal fast and furious FANS down on any level from pushing the date."
While tension between The Rock and other longtime cast members of the franchise including Vin Diesel have been reported over the years, there seems to be no other public animosity between any of the cast members. Neither, Diesel, Paul Walker’s brother Cody Walker, Ludacris, or any other longtime cast members have commented on the dispute nor confirmed or denied the existence of the Hobbs film.