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.”
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.