Today, that casting has been officially confirmed, with Universal announcing that the iconic professional wrestler and actor is part of the movie. Deadline said that The Rock will not be returning in the film. Since then, it has spawned eight sequels, spin-off Hobbs & Shaw (produced and directed by The Rock), several video games and even a Broadway production. "The plan has always been for the Fast & Furious universe to grow and expand".
We think now is as good a time as any to say: let's get ready to rumble! I'm exhausted of being a writer and an actress, you know? While he's been an icon in the wrestling world forever, it's been a long road to the kind of visibility that a featured role in a blockbuster franchise like Fast & Furious will afford him.
While he's a big addition to the film franchise, one familiar face won't be there.
It's unclear which character John will be playing, though he'll reportedly be "a badass".
Welcome to the family, John Cena.
Director Justin Lin, who helmed Tokyo Drift, Fast & Furious, Fast Five, and Fast & Furious 6, is back to direct the final two entries in the main saga of this franchise, which is planning to conclude after ten films.