Dwayne Johnson to return as Luke Hobbs in new ‘Fast and Furious’ standalone movie

Dwayne Johnson returns to the “Fast and Furious” universe with a new standalone film, reprising his franchise role as Luke Hobbs.

Universal Pictures announced the project on Thursday. Longtime “Fast and Furious” collaborator Chris Morgan penned the script for the untitled film. Plot details weren’t available, though people familiar with the deal said the new film will bridge the events of the just-released ‘Fast X’ and the upcoming ‘Fast X: Part II,” which is due in 2025. Johnson just appeared as Hobbs, a Diplomatic Security Service agent, in a credits scene for “Fast X.”

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Johnson will produce the film with Dany Garcia and Hiram Garcia for their Seven Bucks Productions, as well as Vin Diesel and Samantha Vincent through their One Race Films. Other producers include Chris Morgan for his Chris Morgan Productions, Jeff Kirschenbaum for Roth/Kirschenbaum Films and Neal Moritz for Original Film.

Screenwriter Morgan wrote and produced ‘Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw’ and ‘The Fate of the Furious’. He also wrote and produced the franchise’s fifth, sixth, and seventh entries. Directed by Louis Leterrier, “Fast X” opened at No. 1 worldwide in May with $320 million and became the second biggest worldwide opening of 2023.

Johnson is replaced by WME, lawyers Gang, Tyre, Ramer, Brown & Passman, Inc. and The Lede Company.

Seven Bucks has co-produced films like Disney’s “Jungle Cruise” and DC Studios’ “Black Adam” and “DC League of Super-Pets.” Original series include “Young Rock” and NBC’s “The Titan Games.” Johnson will next executive produce and star in “Red One” at Amazon Studios and Disney’s live-action “Moana.”

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