Production on "Fast 8" has already begun in Cuba. In addition to a new villain played by Charlize Theron, the eighth installment in the action franchise will feature even more of Dwayne Johnson's character, Hobbs.
Hiram Garcia, consulting producer on "Furious 7," spoke with ComicBook.com about the Rock's popular character, revealing that the Diplomatic Security Services officer will play a bigger role in "Fast 8."
"On the last movie, due to schedule restraints, we were only able to play on it for a couple weeks," said Garcia. "In this one, we're really spread throughout the movie, so it's great to be back up here and we'll be back on set on Wednesday."
Garcia has also been working with "Fast 8" screenwriter Chris Morgan on the character, which he calls "one of our all-time favorite characters."
"Hobbs was one of the first characters we merged together on and when 'Fast' approached [Dwayne Johnson], telling him about the character they wanted to create, [Dwayne Johnson] and I were able to sit down and craft this guy that we would just laugh out loud at the lines we would come up with," said Garcia. "When you can say you're gonna put a hurt on someone so bad you'll make their mama wish they kept their legs closed, stuff like that where we can't even finish the line before laughing -- that's the fun we love."
There's been talk of a spinoff film starring Johnson as Hobbs, and Garcia says that he's had conversations with the actor about that possibility.
"There's a real goal for that and we can have enough fun with that where we've earned that now with the audience. He's a beloved enough character that they'd love to see what a ride with him would be like in his world," said Garcia. He added that there's "tons of history" ready to be explored fully, and that fans will "see a little bit more in ['Fast 8'] but ultimately we want to take that ride and spin him off and have some fun with it."
"Fast 8" opens on April 14, 2017.