It looks like Vin Diesel has chosen a side in the beef between Tyrese Gibson and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson — and it’s not with whom you think.
On Saturday Diesel posted a photo of himself with Johnson addressing rumors about the film, and its apparent that he’s team The Rock, despite having his own fallout with the WWE star last year.
“Brotherhood, and all it’s complexities,” he wrote before going on to talk about filming Fast 5 in Puerto Rico with Johnson. “A woman named Jan Kelly responded to a question I had asked on Facebook, ‘who they would like to see me work with?’ She said would love to see me work with Dwayne… I listened to her request and he became Hobbs.”
Diesel then goes on to confirm that the release date of “Fast 9” was pushed back but it wasn’t Johnson’s fault as Gibson had maintained. Instead he said that the franchise needed some “maintenance” and a major announcement would be on the way.
As we plot the course to expand the Fast & Furious universe, one must be mindful to take stock of the roads we took to get here. The pillars of authenticity, family and most importantly, our loyal fan’s perspective has been instrumental in procuring success. However, like any vehicle that has run around the globe 8 times, the franchise is in need of maintenance. My good friend and the godfather of Universal, Ron Meyer has granted me the time to do just that. We have some very exciting news to share soon… stay tuned. Yours truly, Dom #FamilyAlways
Diesels show of solidarity with Johnson also seems unexpected given that Gibson and Diesel are close friends and he had his back during his public spat with Johnson last year. Apparently the two have kissed and made up. Gibson is still in his feelings.
For the past few weeks the 38-year-old singer/actor has been emotionally lashing out at Johnson on social media after he hinted that his “Fast and Furious” spinoff was in the works.
“If you move forward with that #Hobbs Movie you will have purposely ignored the heart to heart moment we had in my sprinter,” he wrote in Johnson’s comment section last month. “I don’t wanna hear from you until you remember what we talked about. I’m on your timeline cause you’re not responding to my text messages. #FastFamily is just that a family. We don’t fly solo.”
Gibson also took aim at Johnson’s Seven Bucks Productions partner Hiram Garcia when word got out that Johnson’s Hobbs spinoff would come out before “Fast and the Furious 9.”
“Fast 9” was pushed back from an April 19, 2019 release, to April 10, 2020, while Johnson and “Fast” alum Jason Statham‘s spinoff is now set for a July 26, 2019 release.
Johnson hasn’t directly responded to Gibson’s seemingly endless stream of social media posts, but he hinted at the drama in an Instagram video over the weekend.
“Real men work. Big dogs eat,” Johnson said during an intense workout clip. “Little crying puppies stay on the porch.”