Dwayne Johnson and Vin Diesel to settle Fast & Furious feud at WrestleMania?

But is it all a prank?

Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson's Fast & Furious feudImage Picture Universal

Dwayne Johnson and Vin Diesel have recently found themselves embroiled in an intense Fast & Furious feud the likes of which Hollywood hasn’t seen for years.

But a tantalising theory is quickly emerging about the chrome-domed duo’s alleged war – it’s all one big prank to publicise the release of Fast & Furious 8 next year.

“They are playing a huge prank, and it’s all for publicity.”

According to Life & Style (via HeyUGuys), the pair’s beef is a huge stunt that’ll be ‘settled’ in a brawl at WrestleMania 33 next April.

The WWE event takes place on April 2, 2017 in Florida – one day after April Fools’ Day and 12 days before the global release of Fast 8. Coincidence?

“They are playing a huge prank, and it’s all for publicity,” an insider revealed.

“The Rock convinced Vin to amp up the drama between them so they could turn it into a WWE match to help promote the April 2017 release of Fast 8.”

This is my final week of shooting #FastAndFurious8. There's no other franchise that gets my blood boiling more than this one. An incredible hard working crew. UNIVERSAL has been great partners as well. My female co-stars are always amazing and I love 'em. My male co-stars however are a different story. Some conduct themselves as stand up men and true professionals, while others don't. The ones that don't are too chicken shit to do anything about it anyway. Candy asses. When you watch this movie next April and it seems like I'm not acting in some of these scenes and my blood is legit boiling – you're right. Bottom line is it'll play great for the movie and fits this Hobbs character that's embedded in my DNA extremely well. The producer in me is happy about this part?. Final week on FAST 8 and I'll finish strong. #IcemanCometh #F8 #ZeroToleranceForCandyAsses

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It all stems back to Johnson’s Instagram post from earlier this month, in which he referred to his male co-stars as “candy asses”.

When it later emerged that Diesel was the main offender – for reportedly holding up shooting – he took to his Facebook page and promised to reveal “everything” about the unfolding drama.

We’re still waiting, Vin…

All this talk of ‘method’ publicity is starting to sound a bit like Joaquin Phoenix’s attempts to sell his documentary I’m Still Here. Remember this?

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