Everything You Need To Know About The Next Fast & Furious Spin-Off, Hobbs & Shaw
It's been a while since we got to have a bit of mindless fun with a proper, well-made action movie.
Sly isn't going to make any more Expendables films, the Fast & Furious franchise itself doesn't have an actual film coming up any time soon, and just about every other long-standing action franchise is now owned by Disney.
Thankfully, The Rock is hoping to deliver the goods with Fast & Furious spin-off Hobbs & Shaw, which is set to drop later on this year.
It may well be the most-hyped non-Marvel film of the year, and considering the massive box office success that the franchise has had in recent releases (both Fast 7 and 8 grossed over $1 billion), it could well be the biggest blockbuster of 2019 too. Here's everything we know about it so far.
Front and centre of Hobbs & Shaw will be Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Jason Statham, who have played Luke Hobbs and Deckard Shaw respectively in the past few Fast & Furious films and become the franchise's two breakout stars in the process. Adding some fresh faces to the series, Idris Elba has been cast as the film's villain, Brixton, an international terrorist leader and a criminal mastermind.
In one of the more surprising announcements to come out of the film's production, it's also been revealed that Roman Reigns, the Rock's real-life cousin and WWE wrestler who's currently in treatment for Leukemia, will also star in the film as Hobbs' brother.
It was initially speculated that Jason Momoa might also play a member of Hobbs' family, but Johnson himself has said that due to scheduling conflicts, his appearance in the franchise will have to wait for a future film.
Headlining to the cast's female element will be Vanessa Kirby, who plays an MI6 agent and Deckard's sister, while Eiza Gonzalez and Helen Mirren will also play prominent roles.
Backing up this obviously stacked cast will be the likes of Eddie Marsan, Once Were Warriors' Cliff Curtis, NFL player Josh Mauga and John Tui.
As should be obvious to everyone who's seen the more recent installments in the recent franchise, the film will team up Johnson and Statham's characters of Hobbs & Shaw against the newly introduced criminal organisation led by Elba's Brixton.
Film buffs have speculated that the film's plot might be more direct and less sprawling than previous globe-spanning entries in the franchise, however rest assured that the film's production scale will be absolutely huge.
“It's an origin story, in a sense," director David Leitch told Collider. It's not an origin story, but we're starting a franchise, so we want it to be a little bit more grounded, a little bit more character-centric. We're going to set up the stakes for these guys and their relationship, but we're also going to have some great set pieces and some action that you'd expect.”
Release date & trailers
Aside from that, plot details are scarce. It might simply boil down to 'good guys fight bad guys' with lots of cars and explosions in between, but hey. Sometimes that's all you need. We'll know more once the film's first teaser trailer drops during this year's Super Bowl.
Barring any future delays, Hobbs & Shaw will hit theatres on August 2, 2019.