Roman Reigns joins The Rock's Fast and Furious spin-off cast
While Roman Reigns is recovering from leukemia that forced him to relinquish his Universal Championship and spend time off WWE, the superstar has decided to join the cast of The Rock's movie, which is a spin-off from the 'Fast and Furious' series. The news was announced by Dwayne Johnson on Instagram as he posted a picture with Reigns on the sets. Here're further details.
In his post, The Rock was delighted to announce that Reigns was joining the cast to play his brother's role in the movie. He appreciated the strong willed Reigns, who is taking life positively as he fights the dreaded disease. The Rock said he "can't wait to see the 'Big Dog' return back to the ring". Reigns has been out since October, last year.
The Rock and Roman Reigns hail from the legendary Anoa'i family, which has produced iconic wrestling figures over the years. Their cousins include Umaga, Rikishi, Yokozuna, and The Usos among others. Rock's father Rocky Johnson and his grandfather Peter Maivia were also accomplished wrestlers who worked for the WWE and he was the first-ever third generation superstar of the company.
The brothers’ roar. A lil’ HOBBS & SHAW exclusive. Good times droppin’ sweat and spillin’ blood with my family, @RomanReigns who’ll be playing my brother in our FAST & FURIOUS UNIVERSE. I’m very proud of his focus, effort and authentic performance in our movie for his very first time on film. I’m also very grateful to spend this quality time with my cousin here in the islands as he takes life one day at a time to recover from leukemia. His perseverance and humility battling this challenge has inspired our entire family as well as millions around the world in our beloved @WWE Universe. Can’t wait to see the “Big Dog” return back to the ring - his positive & focused mindset to return is straight up next level. Til’ then, this sacred Samoan 🇼🇸 ground you stand on is nourished with our ancestors blood. Today, we nourish it with yours. #WelcomeRomanReigns #Brothers #HobbsAndShaw THIS SUMMER 🔥💪🏾 @hhgarcia41 📸
The movie, entitled 'Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw' will be a spin-off from the original series, now centering on the characters played by Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham. Johnson will reprise his role as Agent Luke Hobbs, and Statham will play the role of Deckard Shaw, the brother of Owen Shaw, who was defeated by Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and his crew.
Roman Reigns also posted a picture of himself on the sets of the movie on Instagram and as the post reveals, he is surely having a great time filming with his cousin and recuperating from his injury. They are shooting on the Samoan Islands, and Reigns said that being able to do so with his cousin was 'a healing grace'.
Family Healing! I cannot thank my family, friends and my new FAST & FURIOUS FAMILY enough for all the love and support I have received while on this exciting HOBBS & SHAW project. The time I‘ve spent with my cousin on this wonderful island has truly been a healing grace. I am grateful to the @wwe @therock @universalpictures and everyone on the set of HOBBS & SHAW, for allowing me to be a part of this franchise. All of your outreach and support has been a blessing and it’s only pushed me to get back in the ring as soon as possible. But until then...I’m excited for this movie to premiere this summer, our culture and mana in this film is strong! 📸: @hhgarcia41 #HobbsAndShaw #BigDog #WelcomeRomanReigns #WWE #TheRock