Vin Diesel may be going up against Aquaman in the next installment of the Fast and Furious franchise.
According to Deadline, Jason Momoa has joined the cast of Fast and Furious 10, marking yet another high-profile addition to the franchise that has already seen the likes of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Charlize Theron, Jason Statham, and other major stars. Fast and Furious 10 will reportedly be the second-to-last film in the blockbuster heist series.
“In the first major casting for the next installment, Dominic Torreto looks to have a new counterpart to square up against,” the publication reported. “Sources tell Deadline, Jason Momoa has joined the cast of F10, the next installment in the Fast & Furious series starring Vin Diesel.”
Momoa was presumably hired to restore some of the star power that has left the franchise following the highly publicized feud between Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson, who played former agent Luke Hobbs in four of the previous films and the series’ spin-off, Hobbs & Shaw. Johnson has publicly stated that he has no interest in returning to the franchise.
“After a November Instagram post where Diesel pleaded for the former WWE star to come back, Johnson said in a December interview that there was ‘no chance’ of that, calling Diesel manipulative,” The Hollywood Reporter explained in its coverage. “The search was then on to find someone who could fill the needed quotient of star and muscle power.”
Jason Momoa recently starred in Dune, Denis Villeneuve’s feature adaptation of Frank Herbert’s seminal sci-fi series. He will return as Arthur Curry for James Wan’s Aquaman sequel, Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, which is slated for release in December 2022.