Hobbs and Shaw: Every Action-Packed Detail We Have About the Fast & Furious Spinoff
The Fast & Furious franchise is officially getting a spinoff — and no, it's not a sequel to Tokyo Drift. The chemistry between Dwayne Johnson's Luke Hobbs and Jason Statham's Deckard Shaw in the last action film, Fate of the Furious, was enough to inspire Universal to center a new movie around the pair's antics: Hobbs and Shaw. Shaw, a former villain with a heart of gold, and Hobbs, a hardass US diplomatic security agent, will form an unlikely alliance without the help of Dom Toretto's (Vin Diesel) family of vehicle-savvy criminals this time around. Although information about the plot is still under wraps, a few key details have started to leak out, which you can check out ahead.
Joining Johnson and Statham on the cast is The Crown's Vanessa Kirby. The British actress has finished her reign as Princess Margaret on the Netflix original drama and will portray MI5 agent Hattie Shaw, who happens to be Shaw's sister. Also joining the cast is Idris Elba, who is set to play the movie's main villain, Brixton, alongside Eiza González, Roman Reigns, and Eddie Marsan.
Back in April, Entertainment Weekly revealed that the film had found a director, and he couldn't be a better fit: David Leitch. In addition to helming Deadpool 2, the former stunt double/coordinator also directed Atomic Blonde and codirected John Wick, all of which feature elaborate action sequences. Knowing Hobbs and Shaw, there are going to be plenty of eye-popping fight scenes that will require Leitch's expertise. Chris Morgan, who's written six of the previous Fast and Furious films, is also on board to handle the script.
The Release Date
The action-buddy comedy is set to hit theaters on July 26, 2019, which caused a big delay in the premiere date for Fast 9, the upcoming addition to the Fast & Furious series. The move to push back Fast 9 to Easter weekend of 2020 immediately drew the ire of cast member Tyrese Gibson in October 2017, and he openly bashed Johnson's decision to move forward with the spinoff, to the detriment of the rest of the actors signed on to the ninth film.
Regardless of whether or not the bad blood within the franchise's cast has truly dissipated, it seems production on the spinoff is moving right along.
The First Look
The cast has been posting behind-the-scenes shots from filming on Instagram, but it wasn't until Oct. 3 that Johnson posted the first official glimpse of the film. "FIRST LOOK: HOBBS & SHAW. We either gonna get along or we gonna get it on. F*ck getting along 😈," he wrote. "Great first week of shooting our Fast & Furious spin-off, HOBBS & SHAW with my ace @jasonstatham. We're havin' a blast disrupting the norm to deliver something fresh, cool, fun and bad ass for the fans. #TheOutlawLawman #TheInternationalSpy."
The First Poster
Ahead of the trailer's Friday release, Johnson unveiled the first poster for the film on Instagram. In the poster, we see Johnson sitting on a motorcycle on one side and Jason Statham standing in front of his sports car on the the other. "Two world's collide," Johnson captioned it. "Get ready for the biggest showdown the FAST & FURIOUS franchise has ever seen. #HobbsAndShaw #Boots2Asses." What does this mean?!