Vin Diesel isn’t the only Fast & Furious 7 cast member who’s been keeping fans in the loop during the film’s production. Indeed, now that shooting has wrapped on Brett Ratner’s Hercules comic book adaptation (starring Johnson), The Rock has traded in his lion skin and Roman skirt for body armor and combat boots, in order to play Agent Luke Hobbs for a third time in the Fast & Furious series (and he’s posted the images that prove it).
There’s been discussion of a future spinoff film centered around the Hobbs character, but for now that remains unconfirmed. However, seeing how the Fast & Furious franchise is slated to live on for (at the least) two more installments after Part 7 – with director James Wan (The Conjuring, Insidious) expected to evolve the series similar to how his predecessor Justin Lin did on Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift and then later (again) with Fast Five – that increases the likelihood of Johnson as Hobbs getting his own vehicle (pun intended) down the line.
In the meantime, though, The Rock’s fans will have to be satisfied with his supporting role in Fast & Furious 7, as the wrestler/actor teased with the following set image (posted on his Instagram account). The caption reads: “I didn’t bring the cavalry.. I AM the cavalry” On set. 4am. High on dirty thoughts & adrenaline as I wait for my director and partner in crime, James Wan (standing deep in the background) to yell “ACTION”.
On a more intriguing note, Johnson also recently posted a mashup of images showing himself and Jason Statham flexing their muscles something fierce as they work out and/or pummel their opponents. Statham, as you’re probably aware by now, is playing the main antagonist of Fast & Furious 7 (check out his sweet ride). It would be an understatement to say that hardcore fans of the series are a tad excited to see The Transporter and Crank star throw down with Diesel, Johnson and possibly even fellow new addition Tony Jaa (the Ong-bak trilogy) in the film.
Johnson, with the aforementioned ‘Hobbs vs. Shaw’ image, also confirmed that the two characters will face off in the seventh Fast & Furious installment (a la Diesel and Johnson’s brawl in Fast Five). He added that “It was fun scrap (finally) w/ an actor with legit fighting skills who’s just a tad f*cking crazy… You guys will enjoy this fight.”
Back in October, Diesel posted a (mildly spoiler-ish) image on Facebook that (potentially) shows the aftermath of Hobbs’ fisticuffs with the Shaw brother in Fast & Furious 7 (check it out here). It could be that the showdown occurs relatively early in the film, so as to explain Johnson’s absence from a large chunk of the movie’s running time (i.e. since he was busy working on Hercules during the first month of production or so).
Fast & Furious 7 features the surviving players from Fast & Furious 6, in addition to the long-awaited return of Tokyo Drift star Lucas Black to the franchise. Meanwhile, the list of cast newcomers includes Oscar-nominee Djimon Hounsou (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Kurt Russell, featured in an introductory role that is mean to lay the groundwork for his character to slide into the big baddie role in Part 8 (or so Diesel has insinuated).
Fast & Furious 7 rides into U.S. theaters on July 11th, 2014.
Source: Dwayne Johnson