Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has been a central component of the “Fast and Furious” films since 2011’s “Fast Five,” but apparently this wasn’t meant to be the case. During a Facebook Live video recorded after production on “Fast 8” wrapped last Friday, franchise star Vin Diesel revealed that the role of Hobbs was originally intended for a much different actor: Tommy Lee Jones.
“Back in the fifth film, when I was asking ‘Who should I work with?’ The reason why we brought Dwayne Johnson into ‘Fast Five’ was because of you,” Diesel says in the video. “There was a girl named Jen Kelly who said, ‘I would love to see you guys work together onscreen’ and so we gave a role, that was initially written for Tommy Lee Jones, but we gave it to Dwayne, and he shined in it.”
The rest of the video is oddly calming, with Diesel sometimes only partially in frame as wind chimes provide pleasant background music. “Fast 8,” which also features franchise newcomers Charlize Theron, Helen Mirren and Kristofer Hivju, will be released on April 14, 2017.