The Fast and Furious franchise continues to evolve and expand with each passing movie, and that idea has officially gone to the next level with the announcement of a Luke Hobbs/Deckard Shaw spinoff starring Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham. With the presence of one Shaw, it naturally raises questions about whether or not Luke Evans could return as Owen Shaw as well. Evans addressed this issue while promoting Professor Marston & the Wonder Women, and while he's not sure if he will return to the franchise, he seems interested (particularly if they can get Helen Mirren back too). Evans said:
From what Luke Evans had to say to Metro about the Fast and Furious spinoff, it appears that he's not entirely sure as to whether or not he's going to come back. However, it should be noted that Evans reportedly made these comments with a smile, possibly suggesting that he knows more than he's letting on.
The way the Fast and Furious has evolved recently would make it reasonably easy for Owen Shaw to return. Seemingly placed on a redemptive arc alongside his brother when they boarded Cipher's plane to save Dom's son, Owen no longer stands as the mustache-twirling bad guy that fans were introduced to during the events of Fast and Furious 6. While his arc could conclude with his assistance in that mission during the climax of The Fate of the Furious, there also seems to be just as easy of a pathway to making him a more prominent member in the franchise is it goes forward. After all, the franchise loves to slowly expand the roles of specific cast members (just ask The Rock), so ramping up Owen Shaw to an anti-hero seems in-line with the series' history.
Then, of course, we cannot forget Luke Evans' one caveat for returning. Please, someone, get Hellen Mirren on the phone right now and have her sign on to the Hobbs and Shaw spinoff. The Shaw family dynamic was arguably one of the most entertaining aspects of The Fate of the Furious (despite how little screen time it received), and the prospect of Luke Evans coming back into the fray as Owen Shaw WITH Helen Mirren's Magdalene Shaw seems too good to pass up. Take note, Universal; let's keep the franchise's "family" theme going and get more Shaws in the mix.
The Hobbs and Shaw-centric Fast and Furious spinoff movie is currently dated to hit theaters on July 26, 2019, and Fast and Furious 9 will debut the following year on April 10, 2020. As for Luke Evans, you can catch him Professor Marston & the Wonder Women this weekend on October 13.
Originally from Connecticut, Conner grew up in San Diego and graduated from Chapman University in 2014. He now lives in Los Angeles working in and around the entertainment industry and can mostly be found binging horror movies and chugging coffee.
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