Idris Elba to Turn Villainous in 'Fast and Furious' Spin-off; Here's Everything We Know

Update: In recent years, we’ve become accustomed to seeing Idris Elba in heroic roles, as in Thor: Ragnarok (above). So it’s somewhat surprising to hear that he will portray a villain in the first spin-off from the Fast and Furious series, per Variety.

Elba came to attention as an elegant drug kingpin on HBO’s The Wire and since then has impressed in a wide variety of roles. He played a villainous role in Star Trek: Beyond not too long ago, which actually seemed atypical at this point in his career, but we look forward to seeing what sort of antagonist he will be playing in the new action thriller.

(Read onward to learn everything we know about the upcoming spin-off movie.)


If you loved the antagonistic chemistry between Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham in The Fate of the Furious, you’re in luck, because there’s a spin-off in the works focused on their rivalry. And if you loved Vanessa Kirby as Princess Margaret on the Netflix series The Crown (above), you’re also in luck, because she’s just joined the cast of the spin-off.  

Yeah, the Fast and Furious movies and The Crown are very different kinds of entertainment, but there’s definitely some overlap in their fanbases (hi, right here). Kirby, who was incredible on the biographical British royalty show, has had to leave the production because all the real-life characters are being recast with older performers. 

What better way to follow-up starring in a prim and proper gig like The Crown than with a dip into the extreme world of fast cars and furious antiheroes? Actually, the Margaret that Kirby played on the series probably would have loved such an escape from stuffiness toward excess. Remember when she took a ride on a motorbike? 

According to Variety, she is playing another Shaw sibling, meaning she’s sister to Statham and Luke Evans and daughter of Helen Mirren. It’s not yet known if the latter two Shaws will make an appearance. Kirby’s Shaw, interestingly enough, is a British agent, while her family is a clan of criminals. Awkward! 

Here’s everything else we know about Hobbs and Shaw so far:

So this will just be about the two Fast and Furious characters?

Yes. Maybe there’ll be cameos from others, but the idea is to focus on the titular musclemen Luke Hobbs and Deckard Shaw. 

Will the movie just be Hobbs and Shaw bickering and fighting?

That wouldn’t be so bad, but the plot will actually involve the two enemies — Hobbs, the US government security agent, and Shaw, a murderous mercenary — reluctantly working together for some reason. Classic 48 Hrs. style buddy cop situation, it sounds like. However, according to Dwayne Johnson, Shaw will be receiving a serious beating from Hobbs. 


Who is in the movie? 

Dwayne Johnson reprises his role as Hobbs; Jason Statham does the same as Shaw. Vanessa Kirby (The Crown) has also joined them as Shaw’s sister, an MI-5 agent. 

Who wrote this crazy but very appealing offshoot? 

Chris Morgan, who has been writing the Fast and Furious movies since the third (Toyko Drift) penned the screenplay. So don’t expect too much of a difference from the rest. 

Who is directing Hobbs and Shaw?

Former stuntperson David Leitch, who has been dominating the action genre lately with his work on John Wick, Atomic Blonde and Deadpool 2, is directing the spin-off. 

When does the movie come out?

Hobbs and Shaw is set to hit theaters on July 26, 2019. 

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