Is the Fast & Furious series getting a spinoff? Maybe, maybe not but the possibility has been bandied about ever since Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s breakout character DSS Agent Luke Hobbs was introduced in 2011’s Fast 5. Now Johnson has obliquely weighed in on the possibility himself in a post to his Instagram feed showing off the Fast 8 version of Agent Hobbs. “If I was going to return for another FAST & FURIOUS I wanted to come in and disrupt the franchise in a cool way that got fans fired up and their blood pumping to see a new version of Hobbs and his “Daddy’s gotta go to work” mentality and set the table in a cool way for where the character goes in the future,” Johnson says.
“Maybe it’s a spinoff movie. Maybe it’s more #FF movies. Or hell maybe Hobbs just gets on his motorcycle and rides off into the sunset never to be seen again.”
In other words, “check again later”. Even so, it seems like Johnson would like to continue playing this character, particularly after whatever changes Fast 8 is bringing. Feel free to speculate what they might be in comments. Meanwhile, here’s a look at how Agent Hobbs will appear when Fast 8 hits theaters April 14, 2017.
EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOOK: #HOBBS #F8 When you strip a man of all he has. All that's important to him. You force him to return to his roots.. and sometimes that's a very dangerous and twisted place. If I was going to return for another FAST & FURIOUS I wanted to come in and disrupt the franchise in a cool way that got fans fired up and their blood pumping to see a new version of Hobbs and his "Daddy's gotta go to work" mentality and set the table in a cool way for where the character goes in the future. Maybe it's a spinoff movie. Maybe it's more #FF movies. Or hell maybe Hobbs just gets on his motorcycle and rides off into the sunset never to be seen again. Either way, I've had a solid first week of shooting, good to be back with the ohana, good to work again w/ my bud and director F. Gary Gray and our home studio of UNIVERSAL, as always have been the best partners to me and my #SevenBucksProds team. Most importantly… you guys around the world will really dig this new version of the role, 'cause as we always say, disrupters dent the universe. #Hobbs #TwistedRoots #1Disrupter #1Savage #F8
Directed by F. Gary Gray from a script by franchise stalwart Chris Morgan, Fast 8 sees most of the main cast returning, including Vin Diesel, Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, and Elsa Pataky. They’re joined by Lucas Black, reprising his Tokyo Drift role (which he cameoed in last year’s Furious 7), returning Furious 7 co-stars Kurt Russell, Jason Statham, and Nathalie Emmanuel, and series newcomers Scott Eastwood, Charlize Theron (playing the villain, Cipher), and Kristofer Hivju.