It looks like Vin Diesel has bested Dwayne Johnson in at least one arena, clocking in at number one on Forbes’ list of the highest-grossing actors of 2017 — and throwing a little more fuel on that Fast & Furious feud (say that five times fast). Thanks to The Fate of the Furious and xXx: Return of Xander Cage, Diesel edged out his Fast co-star / arch-nemesis, and with fewer 2017 releases under his belt.
Each new development in the Fast and Furious feud is somehow more delightful and absurd than the last. First there was the highly-publicized beef between Dwayne Johnson and Vin “Candyass” Diesel. Then Tyrese Gibson got involved when it was announced that Johnson is headlining a spinoff. That quickly escalated when Universal pushed back the release of Furious 9 to make room for the spinoff, and now, a few irate Instagram posts later, here we are: Tyrese Gibson is threatening to quit the Fast fam if Dwayne Johnson returns for the ninth movie.
You might need a Corona (or six) to deal with this news, fam. Universal has pushed the release of Fast and Furious 9 (or whatever they end up calling it) back from 2019 to 2020 — meaning you’ll now have to wait an extra, whole year to see the continuation of Dom & Co.’s epic automotive action soap opera. Although no reason for the delay was given, I have to assume Universal needs more time to come up with a title, and “9” isn’t exactly the most generous number to work with. Fast 9 Furious? Fast 9? The 9 Lives of the Furious? It’s kind of a problem.
Tyrese Gibson has taken to posting (and the deleting) pleas on social media for Dwayne Johnson not to leave the Fast and Furious franchise like a lovestruck ex. At least, that’s what everyone figures is going on, because there is clearly something going on between the two. Tyrese Gibson has been commenting and the deleting messages to The Rock on his Instagram posts, and today posted an Instagram himself, along with a plea for Johnson to call him back.
It’s fair to say that Game of Thrones has hogged a bit of the Sunday spotlight, but Dwayne Johnson and Issa Rae will have more time to shine next year. Both Ballers and Insecure have been picked up for new HBO seasons in 2018.