Dwayne Johnson has defended his decision to star in a Fast And Furious spin-off, following a vicious rant from his franchise co-star Tyrese Gibson.
The 45-year-old touched upon the ongoing feud with Gibson in a tweet on Friday, just two days after the rapper-turned-actor posted a heated tirade against the wrestler on Instagram.
"My goal from day 1 was to come in and create an exciting/fun character for the fans, elevate the franchise and built it out. #HobbsShaw2019," Johnson tweeted in response to The Hollywood Reporter's article about plans to release a spin-off starring him and Jason Statham in July, 2019.
On Wednesday, Gibson had blamed Johnson for delaying production on the ninth installment in the action film franchise after it was pushed back to April 2020, claiming the spin-off was to blame for the delay.
"#PSA Congratulations to @TheRock and your brother in law aka 7 bucks producing partner @hhgarcia41 for making the fast and the furious franchise about YOU," the 38-year-old wrote on Instagram. "And like you, DJ even if they call I will not be deleting this post – Gn folks see you in 2020 April #FastFamily right? Nah..... it's about #TeamDewayne #3yrs will it be worth the wait? #NoShaw just Hobbs will this be another #BayWatch? Guys guys just relax I'm just a passionate film critic."
Vin Diesel then waded into the feud by seemingly siding with Gibson after sharing an old snap of the duo with their late co-star Paul Walker on Instagram. "Brotherhood," the 50-year-old captioned the shot on Friday.
He later shared a photo of him with Johnson, and explained to fans he didn't blame the former wrestler for the production delays. "Brotherhood... and all it's complexities," Diesel wrote alongside the shot of him with Johnson during filming. "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."
Dwayne joined the franchise in 2011's Fast Five, while Jason has starred in the past two films following a brief cameo in the sixth.