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Fast & Furious 8: Dwayne Johnson Hobbs return channels Sons of Anarchy in new look

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Dwayne Johnson takes a nod from Sons of Anarchy in the first look at Hobbs’ return in Fast & Furious 8.

The actor debuted the image on Instagram along with a message to his fans. “When you strip a man of all he has. All that’s important to him. You force him to return to his roots,” he wrote, “and sometimes that’s a very dangerous and twisted place.”

He continued, “If I was going to return for another [Fast & Furious] I wanted to come in and disrupt the franchise in a cool way that got fans fired up and their blood pumping to see a new version of Hobbs and his ‘Daddy’s gotta go to work’ mentality and set the table in a cool way for where the character goes in the future.”

EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOOK: #HOBBS #F8 When you strip a man of all he has. All that's important to him. You force him to return to his roots.. and sometimes that's a very dangerous and twisted place. If I was going to return for another FAST & FURIOUS I wanted to come in and disrupt the franchise in a cool way that got fans fired up and their blood pumping to see a new version of Hobbs and his "Daddy's gotta go to work" mentality and set the table in a cool way for where the character goes in the future. Maybe it's a spinoff movie. Maybe it's more #FF movies. Or hell maybe Hobbs just gets on his motorcycle and rides off into the sunset never to be seen again. Either way, I've had a solid first week of shooting, good to be back with the ohana, good to work again w/ my bud and director F. Gary Gray and our home studio of UNIVERSAL, as always have been the best partners to me and my #SevenBucksProds team. Most importantly… you guys around the world will really dig this new version of the role, 'cause as we always say, disrupters dent the universe. #Hobbs #TwistedRoots #1Disrupter #1Savage #F8

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Though Johnson didn’t say what the future holds for Hobbs, he teased, “Maybe it’s a spinoff movie. Maybe it’s more #FF movies. Or hell maybe Hobbs just gets on his motorcycle and rides off into the sunset never to be seen again.” 

Fast 8 has already begun filming with director F. Gary Gray and a cast that includes Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Nathalie Emmanuel, and Charlize Theron as new villain Cipher. The film became one of the first films to set up shop in Cuba after President Obama lifted restrictions. 

Fast 8 is scheduled for theaters on April 14, 2017. 

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