Vin Diesel and Jason Statham are not feuding over the Fast & Furious franchise, despite a made-up tabloid report. Gossip Cop can correct the story. It’s simply not true.
As widely reported, there was bad blood between Diesel and Dwayne Johnson on the set of the most recent film in the franchise, The Fate of the Furious. The conflict reportedly escalated when Johnson decided to star in the Fast & Furious spinoff Hobbs & Shaw, which caused a delay in the filming of Fast & Furious 9. Statham co-starred in the spinoff with Johnson but his name was never brought into the behind-the-scenes drama… until now.
According to the Globe, Statham is “seething” over Diesel supposedly cutting him out of all future Fast & Furious movies. “Hobbs & Shaw was a huge success for Jason, but there’s no sequel deal in place for him and likely won’t be at this rate,” a supposed insider tells the outlet. “Vin has left him out in the cold.” This notion alone is totally inaccurate from the start. Diesel, despite being one of the producers behind the Fast & Furious franchise, didn’t have anything to do with Hobbs & Shaw. In fact, it’s widely believed Diesel wasn’t happy about the movie getting made in the first place, so the idea that he wields the power to shut down a sequel doesn’t add up.
Still, the alleged source goes on to say, “Jason thinks Vin’s a snake by the way he manipulates situations and people,” adding that Statham “doesn’t take orders from anyone and is determined to keep it that way, even with Vin running the place like a Mafia boss who demands absolute loyalty from his minions.” The suspicious tipster further contends that the Transporter star is “dead tired of the drama that comes with every version of F&F that he’s involved with, especially because of the ironclad hold Vin has over the whole thing. Jason’s happy to walk away from the whole thing, even if it means losing millions.”
That last statement doesn’t even align with rest of the magazine’s phony article. If Diesel has effectively kicked Statham out of the franchise, what exactly is Statham willing to “walk away” from? The reason the tabloid’s story lacks logic and is riddled with inaccuracies is because it isn’t true. Gossip Cop checked in with a source close to the situation, who confirms that the entire report is “completely false.”
Here’s what’s really happening: Last month, Diesel and Johnson’s feud seemingly ended when Johnson gave a shoutout to his former co-star in an Instagram video. Johnson said, “I want to thank brother Vin for your support of Hobbs & Shaw.” Although the former WWE star won’t be appearing in Fast & Furious 9, he ended his video by teasing the possibility of returning for another installment, saying, “And of course, all roads lead to one thing. I’ll be seeing you soon, Toretto.”
The Globe doesn’t like it when celebrities aren’t fighting, so the tabloid has decided to pit Diesel against Statham in the wake of him and Johnson making peace. There’s no truth to the scenario. As for Statham’s future in the Fast & Furious franchise, a Hobbs & Shaw sequel is being discussed but nothing is official yet. It also seems possible that both Statham and Johnson could appear in the 10th installment of the series. Regardless of what happens, this idea that Diesel and Statham are at war simply isn’t accurate.
It’s worth noting, the Globe has already proven to have zero insight into the popular franchise and its stars. Back in July, Gossip Cop busted the outlet for falsely claiming Diesel was quitting the Fast & Furious movies following an on-set accident that left a stuntman injured. In reality, the actor has two more sequels on deck.
Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.