Dwayne Johnson Dishes on “Fast and Furious” Role

Hot off of his new revenge flick “Faster,” Dwayne Johnson will continue in the action genre with his role in the upcoming “Fast 5,” the latest installment to “The Fast and Furious” franchise. (Sorry Tooth Fairy fans).

“The idea of finding a formidable man to chase down Vin [Diesel's character] and bring him in, I liked that idea,” he recently told The Los Angeles Times. “Not only is the franchise successful but to work with Universal — I started my career with those guys and to go back with that studio was great.

In the new movie, which is scheduled to be released in April 2011 according to IMDb, Johnson plays an FBI agent named Hobbs “that has the power of the government behind him but also the viciousness of a beast, of an animal — I think that’s great.”

Johnson also cited the idea of him going at it with fellow action star Diesel as opponents in the film. “That’s much more interesting. I didn’t want to play buddies. Vin’s an interesting guy. He cares about this movie greatly and really wanted to make the best movie possible.”

Also on Johnson’s shooting plate is “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island,” a sequel to “Journey of the Center of the Earth” that will also star Vanessa Hudgens and Michael Caine.

The actor plays Driver in “Faster,” which just came out on Thursday. According to Variety, it placed at No. 7 on the Friday box office rankings with $3.2 million.

Selected Readings: The Los Angeles Times, IMDb, Variety

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