The Fast and Furious franchise has had continual success since it began in 2001 and is now gearing up to release its eighth installment. One of the reasons for the series' staying power was the inclusion of Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson in Fast 5 as Agent Hobbs, a hard-nosed, no-nonsense leader who isn't afraid to get in on the action. While he worked against the team initially, Hobbs has since become a stalwart member, but that looks to be changing later this year.
The Fate of the Furious is set to turn the franchise, and its driving crew on their heads. The first trailer showed Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) is no longer the family loving man who will do whatever is necessary to protect them. Instead, this next film will see him take on the entire team. This plot choice could put Hobbs front and center, and ahead of the film joining the Super Bowl festivities, The Rock has shared a new image from the upcoming trailer.
The Rock took to Instagram to share a look at Hobbs being surrounded by law enforcement of some kind. Previous marketing has shown what comes before this scene: Dom runs Hobbs off the road to kick off his antagonistic turn. With the Super Bowl footage coming tomorrow, both men should be featured prominently, but for now it is Hobbs taking center stage.
Just watched our trailer that'll air during the SUPER BOWL. Very strong. Universal did a tremendous job and during the 2nd quarter, you'll see for yourself. Get your popcorn ready... 'cause daddy's gotta go to work. #FateOfTheFurious #SuperBowl51
It is no longer a surprise to see Dwayne Johnson release new looks at any of his upcoming projects. He has an enormous online following and even with the Super Bowl already being a place for premium exposure, The Rock's reach can only get more eyes on the film. Those who do watch the big game will get to see the new footage during a commercial break in the second quarter, but expect it to be released online immediately - if not slightly before.
Hopefully the new trailer will shed more light on the plot of the film, even though the most interest will likely be placed on the film's action. If Dom makes a drastic turn from where his character was left in Furious 7, there will need to be a strong explanation. Regardless, this is clearly a decision made to give The Rock more of a co-lead status, something the franchise would've been lacking with Brian O'Conner no longer in the franchise. This could be the next step in giving The Rock a Hobbs solo film, so The Cavalry could be in position for an even bigger role moving forward.
- The Fate of the Furious (2017) release date: Apr 14, 2017