Fast X director Louis Leterrier explains how he covered up Dwayne Johnson’s appearance in the last scene. In the film, Johnson appears as his beloved character Luke Hobbs during a post-credits scene, setting up a rivalry between Fast X villain Dante Reyes (played by Jason Momoa) and Hobbs that will be explored in a spin-off, but untitled, centered around Johnson’s character . from the Fast and the Furious series. The spin-off will lead to the events of Fast and Furious 11, which will be released in 2025.
In an interview with Total Film (via GamesRadar+), Leterrier explains how he hid Johnson from viewers in order to reveal Hobbs at the last minute in a Fast X post-credits scene. Recognizing that anyone could recognize Johnson from his uniform, the director had to adopt a different tactic. Here is what he said about the trial:
“This scene has its own context as we are going through something very dark. The moment you film Dwayne Johnson in any form, you know it’s Dwayne Johnson, so I thought, “How can I change the tone?” Let’s hide it in shadows, put a mask on it, use light and reflections to distract you from making the movie. So that you don’t get hung up on who the camera is filming and what the camera is pointing at. That was the idea.”
“Our film ends in a rather dark place. I couldn’t go back and do the comic scene, you know, it’s an extension of what this dark place is. This is the true revelation of Dante’s master’s plan and what he is about to do. I mean, what an honor to have Dwayne Johnson back on the main series, he was just incredible that day.”
While Fast X hasn’t been as well received as previous entries in the Fast & Furious franchise, it does have a few noteworthy moments. One of them is Johnson’s long-awaited return to the role of Hobbs, which came shortly after the box-office failure of Black Adam and the highly publicized feud between him and actor Vin Diesel on the set of Fast and Furious 8. rivalry, and Johnson has publicly expressed his excitement about returning to the Fast & Furious series for the latest chapters and another spin-off featuring the Hobbs character.
The release of the first Hobbs & Shaw caused some controversy in the Fast family, with actor Tyrese Gibson personally blaming Johnson for starring in the spin-off and delaying the release of F9. Chapter 9 was later pushed back to June 2021 due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, with no sign that Johnson wants to return to Fast & Furious. However, things seem to have changed behind the scenes: Johnson was approached by Leterrier to appear in Fast and Furious X after the tenth film wrapped principal photography.
Partly because it seemed like Johnson would never return to Fast & Furious, his cameo as Hobbs feels special. Some on social media claim the actor is desperate for a post-Black Adam franchise hit, but Hobbs is also one of Johnson’s most popular characters. It was almost inevitable that he would eventually return and put an end to his feud with Diesel. Time will tell how he will be involved in the rest of the series after the scene in Fast X.