As Fast X hit theaters this weekend, audiences have been buzzing about the film’s post-credit scene, which delivers an unexpected surprise: the return of Dwayne Johnson as Luke Hobbs and Gal Gadot as Gisele Yashar.
This exciting development has reignited conversations surrounding the franchise and its past conflicts, particularly between Johnson and Vin Diesel. However, it appears that bridges have been mended, and the decision to bring back these beloved characters was carefully considered.
Director Louis Leterrier, who previously addressed the tensions between Johnson and Diesel, revealed that a “peace treaty” had been brokered. Leterrier stated that they invited Johnson to watch the movie, emphasizing the importance of his genuine appreciation for the film.
This viewing initiated discussions that ultimately led to Johnson’s enthusiastic return. According to Diesel, these conversations had been ongoing for some time, with the aim of creating the best possible movie and satisfying fans.
Diesel recently spoke out about the decision to reintroduce Johnson and Gadot, highlighting the significance of their characters in making audiences happy. He stressed the theme of unity prevalent in the Fast and Furious saga and described the reunion as a “match made in heaven.”
Diesel’s comments were made during the Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project block party, an event attended by several Fast X co-stars, including Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Alan Ritchson, and Sung Kang. The occasion aimed to support Theron’s philanthropic efforts, focusing on the health, education, and safety of African youth.
Rodriguez humorously reacted to the news of Johnson and Gadot’s return, expressing her amusement and citing the audacity of the move. She playfully remarked on the contrast between this surprise and the challenges of attempting a similar feat in other franchises.
Rodriguez also shared that the inclusion of Gadot’s character had been in the works for multiple movies, and there was already footage filmed, making it less surprising for her. Brewster echoed these sentiments, describing her initial shock at hearing about both Gadot and Johnson’s return. Newcomer Ritchson, a fan of the franchise himself, was completely taken aback, emphasizing that he had no warning and shared the audience’s “What did I just see?” reaction.
With an 11th film already in development and Diesel hinting at a possible 12th installment, the Fast and Furious franchise appears to have numerous directions to explore. Rodriguez described the current phase as one of contemplation and pruning.
She mentioned that ideas are being tossed around, and input from various sources is being considered. Rodriguez praised director Louis Leterrier, who has taken the helm for Fast X, describing him as enthusiastic and dedicated, even spending weekends at theaters to gauge audience responses.
During the event, Aisha Tyler stepped in as the host in Theron’s absence. However, Theron sent a video message expressing her regret at being unable to attend due to testing positive for Covid-19. She commended her Fast family for their unwavering support and thanked them for their dedication to both the film and the Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project. Theron’s absence did not dampen the spirit of the evening, which featured a Fast and Furious trivia game with the cast and an entertaining drag performance.
As Fast X continues to captivate audiences, the unexpected return of Dwayne Johnson and Gal Gadot has sparked excitement and speculation about the franchise’s future. With ongoing discussions about potential storylines and a growing sense of unity among the cast and crew, fans can anticipate thrilling and action-packed adventures in the Fast and Furious universe for years to come.