KEY POINTS

  • Vin Diesel wrote a lengthy message for Dwayne Johnson on Instagram
  • Diesel said he wants Johnson back for the finale of the “Fast and Furious” franchise
  • The two actors have been exchanging barbs in the media since 2016

Vin Diesel wants to move on from his feud with Dwayne Johnson, so they could work together for the final installment in the “Fast and Furious” franchise. 

The 54-year-old actor and filmmaker took to Instagram Sunday to ask his former co-star, 49, to come back to the mega-successful action franchise. He shared a screenshot of a scene showing him and Johnson in one frame and wrote a lengthy caption for the latter. 

“My little brother Dwayne… the time has come. 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,” he wrote. 

Diesel continued, “I told you years ago that I was going to fulfill my promise to Pablo [Paul Walker]. I swore that we would reach and manifest the best ‘Fast’ in the finale that is 10! 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.”

The “Riddick” star went on to say that only the “Jumanji” actor can give justice to the role of Luke Hobbs in the franchise. And so he is hoping that Johnson would come back to do the final installment in the series of films in order for him to “fulfill [his] destiny.”

Diesel and Johnson first worked together in the franchise in 2011’s “Fast Five.” However, they had a falling-out in 2016 when Johnson seemingly questioned Diesel’s professionalism in a social media post. After that, Johnson walked away from the franchise and his character was last seen in 2017’s “Fate of the Furious,” according to The Hollywood Reporter

The two have since been exchanging bars in separate media interviews. The latest of which was when Diesel told Men’s Health in June that his interactions with Johnson were born out of “tough love” because he wanted the latter to really embody Hobbs. In response, the former professional wrestler said he had a good laugh upon hearing about it. 

It should be noted that Johnson did reprise his role as Hobbs in the spinoff film “Hobbs & Shaw” with Jason Statham. However, he and Diesel have not shared the screen again in the main franchise. It’s not clear if Johnson is willing to come back and do “Fast 10” with Diesel because he did not respond when asked for comment by Deadline
Dwayne Johnson and Vin Diesel Pictured: Dwayne Johnson and Vin Diesel pose for photographers during the premiere of the movie "Fast and Furious 5" at Cinepolis Lagoon on April 15, 2011 in Rio de Janeiro. Photo: Getty Images/Buda Mendes