The First Fast & Furious Universe Trailer - Hobbs & Shaw
The Fast & Furious Extended Universe
It was inevitable. After eight movies, with no signs of slowing down, the Fast & Furious franchise is expanding with its first full-on spin-off.
You read that right. The Fast & Furious now has an Extended Universe.
While that fact will either be met with cheers or eye rolls, depending upon how you feel about the ceaselessly adrenaline-packed series, this movie is poised to attract an audience beyond diehard F&F fans.
Hobbs & Shaw
That benefit comes courtesy of stars Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Jason Statham, each of whom have their own reliable followings -- especially the former.
Amidst the vast ensembles and interchangeable action scenes that makeup every F&F movie, even these stars become faces in the crowd.
This time, their characters, Luke Hobbs and Deckard Shaw, are front-and-center in a reluctant buddy dynamic that should create memorable moments, even in a franchise that's nearly two-decades-old.
Super-Villain Idris Elba
Joining the fray is another notable star in Idris Elba. While audiences have grown used to Elba in the role of hero, he takes on the mantle of villain in Hobbs & Shaw.
Naturally, when you have two powerhouses like Johnson and Statham joining forces, it becomes challenging to create a foe who could believably challenge them. To solve that problem, the F&F universe is borrowing a trope from the superhero world and giving Elba artificially enhanced super powers.
Yes -- it's no longer the cars that can defy the limits of physics and science in this universe.
Vin Diesel: Hobbs & Shaw's True Adversary
While Dominic Toretto likes to remind everyone that the Fast & Furious movies are all about family, Vin Diesel likes to remind everyone that they're all about his family.
When the Godfather of the franchise caught wind that producers were eyeing a possible Johnson and Statham starring spin-off during production of The Fate of the Furious, he was not-too-pleased.
In addition to behind-the-scenes friction between Diesel and Johnson, wherein the two refused to interact with each other except via calls, and some public feuding via the press and social media, Diesel forced producers to cut a post-credits scene that would have teased a Hobbs & Shaw spinoff.
Despite the absence of a setup stinger, Hobbs & Shaw moved forward, and now comes to life in its first trailer.
Hobbs vs. Shaw in Furious 7
Want to refresh yourself on the beef between Hobbs & Shaw? This fight scene from Furious 7 is all the backstory you need.
You can see Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham hug it out (presumably) when Hobbs & Shaw hits theaters on August 2nd.
About Hobbs & Shaw:
After eight films that have amassed almost $5 billion worldwide, the Fast & Furious franchise now features its first stand-alone vehicle as Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham reprise their roles as Luke Hobbs and Deckard Shaw in Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw.
Ever since hulking lawman Hobbs (Johnson), a loyal agent of America's Diplomatic Security Service, and lawless outcast Shaw (Statham), a former British military elite operative, first faced off in 2015’s Furious 7, the duo have swapped smack talk and body blows as they’ve tried to take each other down. But when cyber-genetically enhanced anarchist Brixton (Idris Elba) gains control of an insidious bio-threat that could alter humanity forever — and bests a brilliant and fearless rogue MI6 agent (The Crown’s Vanessa Kirby), who just happens to be Shaw’s sister — these two sworn enemies will have to partner up to bring down the only guy who might be badder than themselves.
Hobbs & Shaw blasts open a new door in the Fast universe as it hurtles action across the globe, from Los Angeles to London and from the toxic wasteland of Chernobyl to the lush beauty of Samoa.
Directed by David Leitch (Deadpool 2) from a script by longtime Fast & Furious narrative architect Chris Morgan, the film is produced by Morgan, Johnson, Statham and Hiram Garcia. The executive producers are Dany Garcia, Kelly McCormick, Steven Chasman, Ethan Smith and Ainsley Davies.