If you loved the antagonistic chemistry between Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham in The Fate of the Furious, you're in luck, because there's a spin-off in the works focused on their rivalry. Both actors began their respective parts in the Fast and the Furious franchise as antagonists for the main team, but they’ve become the breakout favorites of the series and will likely continue a new strain to the side of the ongoing central installments led by Vin Diesel.
Hobbs and Shaw (as it’s still presumed to be titled) recently began shooting, and to celebrate the start of production, Johnson shared a first look from the set of the movie (even though he doesn’t personally arrive to begin filming his part for another couple weeks). Check out the stunning black and white image of Statham, director David Leitch (Deadpool 2) and some franchise-typical sports cars below.
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DAY 1 and the evolution has officially begun. Long awaited Fast & Furious spin-off movie, #HobbsAndShaw is electric. My partner in heavy crime & fun @jasonstatham is lookin’ like $1million bucks and holdin’ it all down. Our visionary & bad ass director @davidmleitch (just directed Deadpool2) at the helm and ready to evolve the franchise in exciting and fresh new ways. And as always, our @sevenbucksprod president @hhgarcia41 capturing the dopest images thru his ?? lens. Keep crushing on that set boys... the man known as “HOBBS” will touch down in London in two weeks. Pancakes, tequila and ass kickin’s ???? on me. #Day1 #TheEvolution #HobbsAndShaw
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Here's everything else we know about Hobbs and Shaw so far:
So this will just be about the two Fast and Furious characters?
Yes. Maybe there'll be cameos from others, but the idea is to focus on the titular musclemen Luke Hobbs and Deckard Shaw.
Will the movie just be Hobbs and Shaw bickering and fighting?
That wouldn't be so bad, but the plot will actually involve the two enemies -- Hobbs, the US government security agent, and Shaw, a murderous mercenary -- reluctantly working together for some reason. It's a classic 48 Hrs. style buddy cop situation, it sounds like. However, according to Dwayne Johnson, Shaw will be receiving a serious beating from Hobbs.
Who else is in the movie?
While we know Dwayne Johnson reprises his role as Hobbs and Jason Statham does the same as Shaw, we’ve also heard Vanessa Kirby (The Crown, Mission: Impossible - Fallout) is joining them as Shaw's sister, an MI-5 agent, and Idris Elba will play a villain of some kind.
Will Kirby fit into the franchise okay?
Vanessa Kirby is best known for her role as Princess Margaret on the Netflix series The Crown. Yeah, the Fast and Furious movies and The Crown are very different kinds of entertainment, but there's definitely some overlap in their fanbases. Kirby, who was incredible on the biographical British royalty show, has had to leave the production because all the real-life characters are being recast with older performers.
And what better way to follow-up starring in a prim and proper gig like The Crown with a dip into the extreme world of fast cars and furious antiheroes? Actually, the Margaret that Kirby played on the series probably would have loved such an escape from stuffiness toward excess. Remember when she took a ride on a motorbike? Over the summer, Kirby also proved she could stand out in a big ensemble action franchise, as “The White Widow” in Mission: Impossible - Fallout.
According to Variety, she is playing another Shaw sibling, meaning she's sister to Statham and Luke Evans and daughter of Helen Mirren. It's not yet known if the latter two Shaws will make an appearance. Kirby's Shaw, interestingly enough, is a British agent, while her family is a clan of criminals. Awkward!
Are we going to have to root against Idris Elba?
In recent years, we've become accustomed to seeing Idris Elba in heroic roles, as in Thor: Ragnarok. So it's somewhat surprising to hear that he will portray a villain in the first spin-off from the Fast and Furious series, per Variety.
Elba came to attention as an elegant drug kingpin on HBO's The Wire and since then has impressed in a wide variety of roles. He played a villainous role in Star Trek: Beyond not too long ago, which actually seemed atypical at this point in his career, but we look forward to seeing what sort of antagonist he will be playing in the new action thriller.
Who wrote this crazy but very appealing offshoot?
Chris Morgan, who has been writing the Fast and Furious movies since the third (Toyko Drift) penned the screenplay. So don't expect too much of a difference from the rest.
Who is directing Hobbs and Shaw?
Former stunt person David Leitch, who has been dominating the action genre lately with his work on John Wick, Atomic Blonde and Deadpool 2, is directing the spin-off.
When does the movie come out?
Hobbs and Shaw is set to hit theaters on August 2, 2019.