Will Hollywood’s greatest feud culminate in a truce for the final movie in the Fast & Furious saga? Don’t hold your breath.

Vin Diesel has extended what appears to be an olive branch to his long-time rival, Dwayne Johnson, ahead of the final film in the Fast & Furious saga going into development. Johnson has been part of the Fast series from the fifth film where he first appeared as Luke Hobbs, a security agent tasked with capturing the crew, before ultimately joining them for the next few instalments. However, he would bow out of the ninth movie to make Hobbs & Shaw, Fast spin-off movie with Jason Statham instead, following a series of hostile exchanges with Diesel.

Sounding a bit like a gloating dark Jedi, Diesel took to Instagram to tell Johnson that it was fate to appear in the film: “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. Hobbs can’t be played by no other. I hope that you rise to the occasion and fulfil your destiny.”

Whether we are exhausted by this feud by now, or simply reading too much into it, could there still be a little bit of passive aggressive language here? Here’s the full post:

‘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. I told you years ago that I was going to fulfill my promise to Pablo. 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. Hobbs can’t be played by no other. I hope that you rise to the occasion and fulfill your destiny.’

By this point we’re just too caught up in this madness to tell. Anyway, the ball is in Johnson’s court now, and is it wrong that we’re just a teensy bit excited to find out what will happen next?

Fast 10 is currently slated for an April 2023 release date.

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