Vin Diesel Makes Very Public Plea For 'Little Brother' Dwayne Johnson To Return To Fast & Furious

The action star wasn't exactly chill as he wrote: "My little brother Dwayne... the time has come."
Vin Diesel and The Rock in the fifth Fast & Furious film
Vin Diesel and The Rock in the fifth Fast & Furious film
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Vin Diesel has launched a very public appeal urging former co-star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson to return to the Fast & Furious franchise for its upcoming 10th film.

The two actors have not exactly always seen eye-to-eye while making the street-racing action series, with the two-part 10th instalment slated for release in 2023.

On Sunday night, Vin posted a snap of himself and The Rock on Instagram, asking his “little brother” to return as agent Luke Hobbs for one last outing.

“My little brother Dwayne... the time has come,” he began. “The world awaits the finale of Fast 10.

“As you know, my children refer to you as Uncle Dwayne in my house. There is not a holiday that goes by that they and you don’t send well wishes... but the time has come. Legacy awaits. I told you years ago that I was going to fulfil my promise to Pablo. I swore that we would reach and manifest the best Fast in the finale that is 10!”

He continued: “I say this out of love... but you must show up, do not leave the franchise idle, you have a very important role to play. Hobbs can’t be played by no other. I hope that you rise to the occasion and fulfil your destiny.”

The Rock is yet to respond to Vin Diesel’s very extra Instagram post, but has posted on the site since it was uploaded, to promote his new film Red Notice.

Earlier this year, Vin – a producer on Fast & Furious, as well as one of its stars – made headlines when he appeared to try and take credit for The Rock’s performance in the fifth film.

He claimed: “My approach at the time was a lot of tough love to assist in getting that performance where it needed to be.

“As a producer to say, ‘Okay, we’re going to take Dwayne Johnson, who’s associated with wrestling, and we’re going to force this cinematic world, audience members, to regard his character as someone that they don’t know’ – Hobbs hits you like a ton of bricks.

“That’s something that I’m proud of, that aesthetic. That took a lot of work. We had to get there and sometimes, at that time, I could give a lot of tough love.

“Not Fellini-esque, but I would do anything I’d have to do in order to get performances in anything I’m producing.”

Vin Diesel and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson posing together at a premiere
Vin Diesel and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson posing together at a premiere
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Responding to his former co-star’s comments a few weeks later, Dwayne said he “laughed hard” when he heard them.

“I laughed and I laughed hard,” the former WWE star told The Hollywood Reporter. “I think everyone had a laugh at that. And I’ll leave it at that.”

He also reiterated that he would not be returning to the franchise, after bowing out in the eighth film.

Dwayne had previously expressed his frustration with male co-stars during the production of The Fate Of The Furious in 2016, with many speculating he was referring to Vin Diesel

“Some conduct themselves as stand-up men and true professionals, while others don’t,” he said at the time.

“The ones that don’t are too chicken shit to do anything about it anyway. Candy asses. When you watch this movie next April and it seems like I’m not acting in some of these scenes and my blood is legit boiling – you’re right.”