2013 is the year of Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson. The former wrestler turned action star has already starred in one film (Snitch) and is set to star in several more, including the high profile sequel G.I. Joe: Retaliation and Michael Bay’s Pain & Gain. Then, of course, there’s The Fast and the Furious 6, where Johnson will reprise his role as the hard-nosed federal agent Luke Hobbs from Fast Five.
The Fast and Furious franchise is something of an anomaly in Hollywood. Whereas you’d expect most 12-year-old franchises to be diminishing in quality, each new Fast and Furious movie seems to be more successful than the last. Director Justin Lin, who has directed the last three films in the series, has done a great job of introducing new characters and creating a large and interesting world for them to live in and (possibly) have their own adventures.
So is there room for a Luke Hobbs spin-off film? It’s a definite possibility. Given The Rock’s major role in The Fast and the Furious 6 (and presumably The Fast and The Furious 7), it makes sense that Universal will try and keep the actor around for future solo movies. Johnson even confirmed the possibility in an interview with Screen Rant, saying that there is “always an ongoing conversation” about said spin-off.
Recently, Johnson reiterated the possibility of the spin-off in an interview with Empire, again saying that if anything did happen, it wouldn’t be until after The Fast and the Furious 7 so that the larger arc told across 5, 6, and 7 could be finished.
Going back to his pro wrestling days, I’ve always been a fan of The Rock, so I’d be happy to see Johnson continue his role as Luke Hobbs. When you consider that Universal is practically printing money every time a new Fast and Furious movie comes out, I can’t see them missing an opportunity to get Johnson into his own series of films.
What do you think of the possibility that Johnson could star in his own Fast and Furious spin-off? If he did, what type of story would you like to see?
The Fast and the Furious 6 hits theaters May 24th, 2013.