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Clearly, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson breathed new life into The Fast and the Furious franchise when his character, Luke Hobbs, was introduced in Fast Five. He brings so much charisma, humour and presence to his role. In The Fate of the Furious, his chemistry with Jason Statham, who plays Deckard Shaw, was one of the best aspects of that film. Talks about a spinoff with Hobbs and Shaw have been circulating for a while now and we have some more news about this matter.
A report by The Hollywood Reporter states that David Leitch is the leading contender and, as such, in early talks to direct this untitled Fast and Furious spinoff with Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham. David Leitch has already made a name for himself in the film industry with directing credits on films such as John Wick and Atomic Blonde. He is also the director for Deadpool 2 which will most likely further showcase his talent in directing action. The spinoff with Hobbs and Shaw is, at this time, scheduled for a release in July 2019. Fast and Furious 9 is set for a release a year after.
Dwayne Johnson Wants To Do This Film
Dwayne Johnson is certainly very keen for this spinoff to happen if his previous comments are anything to go by. This is what he said in full on Instagram back in October 2017:
“Pumped to expand and build out the FAST & FURIOUS universe in a cool, exciting way with our @sevenbucksprod, writer/producer Chris Morgan, producer Hiram Garcia and lead producer and my bigger twin, Neil Moritz. Thank you UNIVERSAL STUDIOS for being tremendous partners who see the big picture and for coming to us years ago with this spinoff idea. Huge shout to my brother, Jason Statham for the trust and wanting to create and deliver something fresh and bad ass for the fans.
I have a tremendous amount of respect for this franchise that I’ve enjoyed droppin’ blood and sweat in over the years and my vision is to create greater opportunities for not only my fellow FF cast mates, but for other amazing actors as well who want to be a part of something new and cool. I want to use my spinoff platform to create new characters that fans will ultimately love to have fun with in multiple chapters and platforms. Film, TV, Digital, Virtual Reality etc.. the more opportunities we can create the better for the fans. Smart business.
Let’s have some FUN and to quote, Hobbs the boss, if you don’t like it, we’re happy to beat that ass like a Cherokee drum”.
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