Variety is exclusively reporting that Idris Elba is in final negotiations to star as the villain in the Fast and Furious spinoff Hobbs And Shaw, whilst Dwayne Johnson all but confirmed Elba’s casting via social media.
Since he was introduced to audiences in the fifth installment in the Fast and Furious franchise, Universal has been eyeing a spinoff for Dwayne Johnson’s character Luke Hobbs for years now and due to the reaction of his chemistry with Jason Statham’s Deckard Shaw, particularly in the last installment Fate of the Furious (number eight), has caused the studio to pull the trigger and create this spinoff that’ll see the two of them team up somehow. Actual plot details are vague at the moment but we do know that Chris Morgan, who has been on board the franchise since the Tokyo Drift entry, is penning the script. It was confirmed back in April that Atomic Blonde and Deadpool 2 director David Leitch would be helming the spinoff.
There’s no character details as to whom Idris Elba (whose recent credits include ) will be playing in the role, other than he’ll be the villain of the spinoff. Dwayne Johnson responded via twitter about Elba’s casting in the spinoff, which you can see below.
Hobbs And Shaw is scheduled for cinematic release on the 26th July 2019.