Date: 30th January 2019
Dwayne Johnson confirmed his character Hobbs won't be appearing in Fast & Furious 9. The character of Hobbs has become such an important part of the series it's easy to forget he only joined in Fast Five. That entry marked a departure in tone for the franchise, moving away from the street racing angle to becoming more like heist movies with elaborate action scenes.
Speaking to MTV News, Johnson clarified that he isn't returning for Fast and Furious 9, before adding that he may still come back for the tenth and reportedly final installment:
"The plan has always been for the Fast and Furious universe to grow and expand. As of now, we’re not in Fast 9 because they're getting ready to start shooting. But who knows with Fast 10 and down the road, you never know. Because look, at the end of the day, the truth is, there's unfinished business between Hobbs and Dom. It's unfinished."
Fast and Furious 9 is set for release on April 10th, 2020, followed by Fast and Furious 10 on April 2nd, 2021.
Source: Press Release