Jason Momoa likes fast vehicles, and as he talks about joining Fast & Furious 10, he’s getting closer to letting his lovely brown locks fly. The Aquaman star is rumored to be close to signing a deal to join the high-octane franchise, sparking speculation that he could portray the next villain.
Momoa will be seen with Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Ludacris, Tyrese Gibson, Sung Kang, and Charlize Theron in the film. On May 19, 2023, the film will be released in theaters. The news comes only two weeks after Momoa wrapped up Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom while still in the midst of his 16-year romance with Lisa Bonet.
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Diesel was unable to persuade Dwayne Johnson to return to the movie office hit (F9 generated $726 million worldwide last summers) despite his public pleads, so if the contract is inked and delivered, it will be a big coup for the F&F series.
Diesel wrote on Instagram in November, saying, in part, “Dwayne, my little brother, the time has come. The world awaits the conclusion of Fast & Furious 10. My children refer to you as Uncle Dwayne in my house, as you are aware. You and they share holiday greetings, but it’s time to say goodbye. A legacy looms on the horizon. The world awaits the conclusion of Fast & Furious 10. Finally, I promised that we’d attain and complete the best Fast, which is number ten!”
Johnson, who hasn’t starred in a Fast and Furious film alongside Diesel since playing Lou Hobbs in 2017’s The Fate of the Furious, called Diesel’s remark “an example of manipulation.”
“Vin’s most recent message took me by surprise. I told Vin simply – and discreetly – in June, when we met in person rather than over social media, that I would not be returning to the franchise.”
Johnson stated this to CNN in December. “My statements were firm but friendly, underlining that while I would always support the performers and wish the franchise success, I would not return. I also had one-on-one meetings with my Universal coworkers, who were all quite supportive because they were aware of the issue.”
Why did he think Diesel’s pleas on social media were deceptive?
“Vin’s most recent public statement was a perfect example of his deception. I didn’t appreciate how he mentioned his children and Paul Walker’s death in the letter. Remove them from the equation “Johnson went on. “We had spoken about it for months and had reached an agreement.”
My ambition has always been to end my distinguished career in the Fast & Furious franchise gracefully and respectfully. This public debate has muddied the waters, which is undesirable.”
For the record, Momoa and Johnson are good friends who have become closer as fathers. In October, Momoa told ET that he and Johnson are “friends” and that he admires Johnson for “doing a lot of good things for the world” and for being a good father.
Fast & Furious 10 is a working title for the tenth installment in the Fast & Furious franchise, which will be followed by an eleventh installment in the future.