The Fast & Furious franchise is defined by four things: cars, Coronas, a surprisingly complex cinematic timeline, and, most importantly, family. Shockingly, the family may be falling apart.
After news broke earlier this week that the release of the ninth Fast & Furious film was getting pushed back from 2019 to 2020, Tyrese Gibson took to Instagram on Thursday to express his frustration. Tyrese (Fast & Furious’s comic relief, Roman Pearce) blamed Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson (special agent Hobbs, eternally drenched in body oil) for making the franchise about himself instead of the “#FastFamily,” presumably referring to the Fast & Furious spinoff Johnson is making with Jason Statham (who plays the villain turned good guy Deckard Shaw). Variety confirmed on Thursday that the spinoff is slated for July 26, 2019.
In multiple Instagram posts, Tyrese spoke directly to “Dewayne,” explaining that he’s upset that the actor went ahead with the spinoff and that other stars in the series were offered their own films but turned them down. “I was simply fighting to keep the family together what makes us great is when you see us all TOGETHER we don’t fly solo,” Tyrese wrote in one caption.
#PSA Congratulations to @TheRock and your brother in law aka 7 bucks producing partner @hhgarcia41 for making the fast and the furious franchise about YOU - And like you, DJ even if they call I will not be deleting this post - Gn folks see you in 2020 April #FastFamily right? Nah..... it's about #TeamDewayne #3yrs will it be worth the wait? #NoShaw just Hobbs will this be another #BayWatch? Guys guys just relax I'm just a passionate film critic
Diversity, love, multi ethnic worldwide multi generational, United Nations, One Race, Fast Family...... Until Dewayne showed up I guess this whole time he had a problem cause he wasn't the ONLY ONE on the movie poster........... I guess dreams do come true congratulations to @hhgarcia41 and @therock you guys are just amazing you really broke up the #FastFamily I tried to warn you guys... You thought I was hating...... I was simply fighting to keep the family together what makes us great is when you see us all TOGETHER we don't fly solo..... #MyLastPost today..... I got 3 years of venting on this clown - They offered but YOU didn't have to agree with a solo #HobbsMovie #OriginalFastFamily we salute you and stand on your shoulders #VinDiesel #PaulWalker #RobCohen #RomanTej were offered a spin off we TURNED IT DOWN!!!
Though dramatic, Tyrese’s posts weren’t too earth-shaking. He’s one of the most infamous oversharers in Hollywood. Case in point: HBO’s 2017 docuseries The Defiant Ones opens with a 2014 video posted on Facebook of Tyrese prematurely leaking the news of Apple’s acquisition of Dr. Dre’s Beats. “Tyrese fucked that up,” Snoop Dogg eloquently puts it in the doc. So for him to be sounding off wasn’t surprising.
But then the head of the family got involved, and now we’ve got serious beef on our hands. Thursday night, Vin Diesel (Fast & Furious’s leading man, Dominic Toretto, bastion of family values) went on Instagram—the place to subtly-but-not-subtly-at-all air out all Fast-related grievances—and posted a photo of himself, Gibson, and their late Fast & Furious costar Paul Walker with the caption “Brotherhood…”
Diesel siding against Johnson isn’t particularly surprising. The costars reportedly had to be separated during the filming of Fate of the Furious, and Johnson took to Instagram (there it is again!) after production was over and called one of his costars a “candy ass,” a jab that was confirmed to be aimed at Diesel.
Gibson has since screenshotted Diesel’s post—which had a like from another Fast & Furious costar, Ludacris—saying “44 million just got the memo,” a nod to Diesel’s followers on Instagram. (While Ludacris hasn’t directly referenced the Johnson drama, he did post a photo of himself with Diesel on Thursday in the studio, saying “the world will soon find out about this mans hidden skills,” which honestly sounds like a threat.)
#Repost #SwipeLeft - @VinDiesel - Never confuse determination with desperation..... What's understood don't have to be explained...... 44 million just got the memo.... Although it appears to be.... I've never been in this alone........ #PerceptionVsReality #FastFamily like I said we don't fly solo. President Obama's integrity teachings is of a man who makes everyone feel like they MATTER.....
Johnson hasn’t addressed the Fast & Furious drama on social media just yet—he’s currently just posting a lot from the set of Skyscraper, an action film scheduled to come out next year—but with the rest of the Fast cast mounting a revolt against him, it may be only a matter of time.
The silver lining here? While Fast 9 is tragically delayed—robbing us of quality time with the famiglia for an extra year—at least we can watch this drama unfold over the next three years.