Fast & Furious 9 delay: Tyrese slams Dwayne Johnson

Things behind the scenes of the Fast & Furious movies don’t seem to be on the happy side, following the announcement last week that Fast & Furious 9 has been put back a year to 2020. And Tyrese, one of the main members of the ensemble cast, is in little doubt where the finger should be pointed.

In an Instagram post, Tyrese says of Dwayne Johnson that “you broke up the #FastFamily”. He added that Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, original director Rob Cohen, Roman Tej and himself were offered a Fast & Furious spin-off film but “we turned it down”. That’s presumably a swipe at Johnson and Jason Statham’s upcoming spin-off, that now looks to have taken the 2019 release slot originally earmarked for Fast & Furious 9.

Here’s the Instagram post…

Diversity, love, multi ethnic worldwide multi generational, United Nations, One Race, Fast Family…… Until Dewayne showed up I guess this whole time he had a problem cause he wasn’t the ONLY ONE on the movie poster……….. I guess dreams do come true congratulations to @hhgarcia41 and @therock you guys are just amazing you really broke up the #FastFamily I tried to warn you guys… You thought I was hating…… I was simply fighting to keep the family together what makes us great is when you see us all TOGETHER we don’t fly solo….. #MyLastPost today….. I got 3 years of venting on this clown – They offered but YOU didn’t have to agree with a solo #HobbsMovie #OriginalFastFamily we salute you and stand on your shoulders #VinDiesel #PaulWalker #RobCohen #RomanTej were offered a spin off we TURNED IT DOWN!!!

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Johnson, meanwhile, posted the following to Twitter…

And then Vin Diesel added a few words, to try and put out the flames…

Brotherhood… and all it’s complexities. This scene was filmed in Puerto Rico, I can remember it like it was yesterday. Such a beautiful island, the people were so warm and welcoming. I turned 43 that summer… and my son Vincent was born. A woman named Jan Kelly responded to a question I had asked on Facebook, ‘who they would like to see me work with?’ She said would love to see me work with Dwayne… I listened to her request and he became Hobbs. I know there has been a lot of speculation as to why the Fast 9 release date was pushed… but it would be unfair to say it is anyone’s fault. As we plot the course to expand the Fast & Furious universe, one must be mindful to take stock of the roads we took to get here. The pillars of authenticity, family and most importantly, our loyal fan’s perspective has been instrumental in procuring success. However, like any vehicle that has run around the globe 8 times, the franchise is in need of maintenance. My good friend and the godfather of Universal, Ron Meyer has granted me the time to do just that. We have some very exciting news to share soon… stay tuned. Yours truly, Dom #FamilyAlways

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Family no more, perhaps? We’ll see. But all doesn’t seem to be too well in Fast & Furious land…

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