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WWE star Roman Reigns joins Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson in ‘Fast and Furious’ spinoff film

Roman Reigns and The Rock are teaming up — just not inside a WWE ring. No, on Friday, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson announced via his Instagram account that fellow Samoan Reigns, real name Leati Joseph Anoa’i, will be making his feature film debut in the upcoming “Fast and Furious” spinoff movie “Hobbs and Shaw.” In his silver screen debut, Reigns will be taking on the role of Johnson’s brother.

In the post, Johnson expressed the excitement over his “cousin” being able to make his movie debut alongside him while cherishing the time spent with Reigns as he recovers from his latest battle with leukemia.

Reigns finally claimed the WWE universal championship back at SummerSlam in August 2018 where he was finally able to overcome the challenge of rival Brock Lesnar, A few months later in October, however, things took a devastating turn. Reigns opened up the Oct. 23 edition of Raw by announcing that he was entering his second battle with leukemia and would be forced to relinquish the universal title he had won a few months prior.

In a follow-up Instagram post of his own on Friday, Reigns thanked his new film family and noted that this whole process has helped him as he heals from the disease he’s currently battling outside of the ring.

“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,” Reigns said. “The time I’ve spent with my cousin on this wonderful island has truly been a healing grace. I am grateful to the @wwe @[email protected] and everyone on the set of HOBBS & SHAW, for allowing me to be a part of this franchise.”

“Hobbs and Shaw,” starring Johnson and Jason Statham, is scheduled to release on Aug. 2 later this year.

WWE Star Roman Reigns Joins Pal Dwayne Johnson In ‘Hobbs And Shaw’

by Patrick Hipes
January 25, 2019 1:30pm

Joe Anoa’i, also known as WWE champion Roman Reigns, and has been cast in Hobbs and Shaw, the Fast & Furious spinoff toplined by Jason Statham and Dwayne Johnson. The move reunites Anoa’i and Johnson, both college football stars before becoming pro wrestlers.

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Johnson of course segued out of the ring to become one of Hollywood’s biggest action stars. Now Anoa’i has signed with Artists First for representation and is making his movie acting debut.

Johnson made the casting official via his Instagram today, saying Anoa’i is playing his brother in the spinoff:

Universal has set an August 2, 2019 release date for the film, which focuses on main franchise characters U.S. Diplomatic Security Agent Luke Hobbs (Johnson) and Deckard Shaw (Statham), who form an unlikely alliance. David Leitch directs the script from franchise producer Chris Morgan.

Anoa’i in October announced on WWE Raw that he was relinquishing his championship belt and stepping back from wrestling after a recurrence of leukemia, 10 years after his original diagnosis. Johnson hinted today a return to the ring for Anoa’i was coming.

He is also repped by Torres Benet.

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