Filming for the upcoming Fast and the Furious spinoff movie ‘Hobbs and Shaw’ has officially begun.
Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson announced the start of filming of the hotly anticipated spinoff movie in an Instagram post Monday. Johnson will star as Luke Hobbs in the film, the same character he plays in the Fast and Furious franchise, while Jason Statham will take up his Fast and the Furious role as Deckard Shaw. The movie will follow the two former adversaries as they form an unlikely partnership and look to defeat the antagonist, who will be played by Idris Elba. The movie is also being directed by Deadpool 2 director David Leitch.
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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
While it likely won’t star any other Fast and Furious characters, such as Vin Diesel’s character Dominic Toretto, Hobbs and Shaw will feature a hoard of high-end and modified cars just like the original franchise. The Rock’s Instagram post announcing the start of filming showed Statham and him posing in front of a McLaren 720S.
‘Hobbs and Shaw’ is expected to hit theaters sometime next summer. That means it will arrive before the next Fast and Furious installment ‘Fast Nine’, which isn’t expected to open until April 10th, 2020. Don’t forget that Diesel is also helping to direct an animated Fast and Furious TV series for Netflix as well, although it’s not clear when the cartoon may appear on the streaming service.
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