Fast X director explains how those cameos came about

Fast X spoilers follow.

Fast X director Louis Leterrier has explained how he was able to get Dwayne Johnson and Gal Gadot to cameo in the film.

One of the biggest surprises in the movie comes in the mid-credit scene where Johnson reprises his role as Luke Hobbs when the character is identified as the next target of super-villain Dante Reyes (Jason Momoa).

This was particularly surprising since Johnson had ruled out appearing in Fast X following years of publicly feuding with co-star Vin Diesel.

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Related: When will Fast X be available to watch at home?

In a chat with The Hollywood Reporter, Leterrier took credit for bringing Johnson back to the franchise by showing him a cut of the movie.

"The peace treaty… I kind of [brokered it]... We all did. Ultimately, the movie did," the filmmaker said. "We sort of looked at each other from across the room and winked a few months back, saying: 'We should work together.'

"And then I had this idea and I presented it to the producers and the studio. And then we reached out to Dwayne and his team and said: 'Just come and watch the movie. You have to love the movie first.'

"So he came to see the movie and really loved it, and then we started talking. It was very smooth, and frankly, as a fan, I could not conceive continuing the franchise without either Dwayne or Gal Gadot."

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Leterrier also clarified that, unlike her recent scene in Shazam! Fury of the Gods, Gadot was actually on set with the Fast X crew as opposed to filming her return as Gisele in secret.

"I was on the set with her. I was lucky enough to see Gal Gadot and give her a big hug and a thank you at the end of the shoot," he said.

"That was a highlight for me. I was lucky enough to direct one commercial with her, and I saw the power of Gal Gadot for 30 seconds. So, now that I get to not only work with her but also bring back Gisele into the franchise, I'm the happiest fan in the world."

The film also features an emotional flashback with the late Paul Walker as Brian O'Conner and even a cameo from Pete Davidson as a member of hacktivist Ramsey's (Nathalie Emmanuel) crew.

Fast X is now playing in the UK and US.

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