Elba has been cast as the villain in The Fast and The Furious spin-off Hobbs And Shaw, starring Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham Image: AFP
You finally have a reason to buy a ticket to a The Fast and The Furious movie. Idris Elba is all set to play the baddie in The Fast and The Furious spin-off Hobbs And Shaw, which also stars Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson and Jason Statham, and is scheduled for a 2019 release.
According to a Variety report, Elba is in final negotiations to play the villain in Hobbs And Shaw, and The Rock, for one, is super excited about having him on board. Obviously.
This morning, the actor took to Twitter and Instagram to welcome Elba to the team.
It is not known yet what exactly Elba will play in the spin-off, but the film is being helmed by Deadpool 2 director David Leitch. So, you are allowed to be excited.
The cast also includes The Crown actor Vanessa Kirby, who famously played Princess Margaret in the Netflix drama.
In case you're a The Fast and The Furious rookie — for which we can't possibly blame you — let us tell you what the spin-off will be about. F&F main man Vin Diesel is definitely not a part of this. He will be back for The Fast and The Furious 9 in 2020.
Hobbs And Shaw will focus on military man-turned-mercenary Deckard Shaw (Statham) and Diplomatic Security Service agent Luke Hobbs (Johnson), who stole the show with their chemistry in F&F 8 aka The Fate of the Furious.
Statham originally joined the franchise as a baddie in The Fast and The Furious 7 in 2015, and looked to avenge his brother Owen Shaw (Luke Evans), who was hospitalised after an altercation with Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and his crew.
Oh, and Helen Mirren played the Shaws' mother — go figure.
Anyway, Deckard Shaw was eventually arrested by Hobbs and they get into a lot of fights. But at the end of the film, the Shaw brothers are basically the good guys and are invited to Toretto's family barbecue — which we are guessing is an exclusive affair.
And industry experts predict Hobbs And Shaw can be a bigger deal than The Fast and The Furious movies, and may also rake in more money. The Fate of The Furious earned more than 1 billion dollars and was the 30th movie to have crossed that mark in Hollywood history."You’ve got a spin-off of a massively popular action franchise, featuring two of the more popular supporting characters featuring two popular action stars. It’s directed by David Leitch following John Wick, Atomic Blonde and Deadpool 2. Now it has the Internet’s collective thirst object, Idris Elba, as the main villain," film critic Scott Mendelson writes in Forbes.
In case you didn't know, The Rock and Vin Diesel have been embroiled in a fight since 2016, and the former called Diesel a 'candy ass' — whatever that means.
In fact, Johnson even admitted he is not sure whether he will ever work with Diesel again. "Vin and I had a few discussions, including an important face-to-face in my trailer. And what I came to realise is that we have a fundamental difference in philosophies on how we approach movie-making and collaborating," Johnson told Rolling Stone this April.
"Right now I’m concentrating on making the spin-off as good as it can be. But I wish him all the best, and I harbour no ill will there, just because of the clarity we have. Actually, you can erase that last part about ‘no ill will.’ We’ll just keep it with the clarity," he added.
Okay — ouch.