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The Rock, Statham to star in 'Furious' spinoff

USA TODAY logo USA TODAY 10/6/2017 Bryan Alexander
Dwayne Johnson, left, and Jason Statham in a scene from 'Furious 7.' © Scott Garfield, Universal Pictures Dwayne Johnson, left, and Jason Statham in a scene from 'Furious 7.'

It's so on.

Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham will be front and center in a Fast & Furious spinoff for Universal Studios, a person familiar with the negotiations but not authorized to speak publicly tells USA TODAY.

After a year of speculation over a story offshoot for the uber-successful speedy car franchise, Universal officially announced Thursday that the untitled spinoff is coming to theaters on Friday, July 26, 2019.  

The news came 24 hours after word that Fast & Furious 9, the next film of the main franchise, would be delayed to April 10, 2020.

Furious 9 was originally planned for release on April 19, 2019, which is where the newly announced spinoff will now land. 

Statham's reformed villain Deckard and Johnson's Diplomatic Security Service agent Hobbs stole the show with their chemistry in scenes from the eighth film, The Fate of the Furious, prompting speculation about a movie with their characters.

F. Gary Gray's The Fate of the Furious earned nearly $1.2 billion worldwide following its April release.

Fast and Furious franchise star Tyrese was not pleased. Following the schedule change, Tyrese lashed out on Instagram: "Congratulations to @TheRock...for making the Fast and Furious franchise about YOU." 

The Fast & Furious franchise, launched in 2001, has grossed $5 billion worldwide.

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