First Photo of Idris Elba in HOBBS AND SHAW and Dwayne Johnson Promises The Showdown of All Showdowns
Dwayne Johnson has shared a new photo from director David Leitch’s Fast and Furious spinoff film Hobbs and Shaw and it gives us our first look at Idris Elba as the villain in the story. HIs name is Brixton and it looks like he’s come from the future!
Johnson says that Elba’s character will “wreak havoc, hell and mayhem” on Diplomatic Security Service agent Luke Hobbs (Johnson) and mercenary Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham). They will team up to take on Brixton, who is undefeated, and Johnson teases it will lead to the “showdown of all showdowns.”
I can’t wait!
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I learned a long time ago (when I was a very sinful eyebrow raising villainous man in the crazy world of pro wrestling;) that heroes are only as great as their greatest villains. A pleasure to introduce the man himself @idriselba we brought in to our Fast & Furious franchise to wreak havoc, hell and mayhem on our heroes HOBBS & SHAW. The name: BRIXTON. The record: UNDEFEATED. The promise: SHOWDOWN OF ALL SHOWDOWNS. So cool having my brother @idriselba come and play in our sandbox. This one’s been years in the making!! As I always say, we either gonna get along or we gonna get it on... and fuck getting along 😈 #BRIXTON #TheConsequenceAgent #HellRaiser HOBBS & SHAW SUMMER 2019 📸 @hhgarcia41
When previously talking about the film, Statham shared some thoughts on the tone that they are going for, saying:
"We’re trying to do something that isn’t so goofy though. I know the last time she slapped me around the face and we got this little … We don’t want to take it too seriously. I’m not the director so I’m not the one controlling the tone of the movie but we want to have some meaningful stuff in it as well as the fun. At the end of the day, we want to have the laughs. We want to tear each other apart. We want to enjoy it. This has to be a ride. I guess you’ve got to have the whole package. I think Dave’s aiming for that. He wants to have the raucous laughs, the funny shit, the intense action and the great drama and the meaningful stuff. Dwayne’s got his relationship with his mother and the daughter. There’s loads of good stuff in it. I’m fucking excited."
Johnson also said that the movie is going to be more grounded than the other Fast and Furious films:
"I think it’s going to be a little bit more grounded because it’s the beginning. It’s an origin story, in a sense. 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 from that type of franchise."
The script for Hobbs and Shaw comes from Chris Morgan, who has worked on the Fast and Furious franchise since Tokyo Drift in 2006. Also, don't forget that Idris Elba has signed on to play the film’s villain and Vanessa Kirby is playing Shaw's sister.
Hobbs and Shaw will hit theaters on August 2, 2019.