There's a reason that they call The Rock "franchise Viagra." The behemoth action star (in every sense of the word) has managed to elevate most of the film series that he has infiltrated over the years, and he has a proven ability to generate fantastic box office results in the process. One of the key examples of that phenomenon was the rejuvenation of the Fast and Furious franchise when he entered the equation as Luke Hobbs in Fast Five (widely regarded as the turning point for the series), and now he will finally be rewarded for his hard work with a spinoff movie of his very own, which is now being called Hobbs and Shaw and will feature Hobbs teaming up (once again) with Jason Statham's Deckard Shaw.
It makes sense that such a film would enter production when we look at the box office success of The Fate of the Furious, and that spinoff is the film that we intend to discuss today. And, to help move that process along, we have put together a handy list of everything that you currently need to know about The Rock's Fast and Furious spinoff movie. We will endeavor to keep the guide as up to date as possible at all times, and we will keep you up to date with new details as they become available to us. Now, without further ado, let's dive into the details of this project and start figuring out what to expect from it.
Is The Rock's Fast And Furious Spinoff Happening?
Right off the bat, we need to address the most important and fundamental question about this project: is a Fast and Furious spinoff focusing on Luke Hobbs even really happening? The straight answer is yes. After years of fan speculation abut the possibility of Dwayne Johnson finally getting a chance to front his own installment in the Fast and Furious series, it was officially announced earlier in 2017 that the project would become a reality. Hobbs and Shaw is happening folks, so make sure to throw on a tank top, drink some protein, and load the biggest gun you can find.
When Is The Rock's Fast And Furious Spinoff Release Date?
The Fast and Furious spinoff is gearing up to hit theaters a lot sooner than some people may have previously assumed. In fact, Fast and Furious 9 was actually pushed back (to the chagrin of Tyrese Gibson) to make room for Hobbs and Shaw earlier on the Universal schedule -- which could mean that the folks at Universal have a lot of faith in the idea that they have been cooking. As of right now, The Rock's Fast and Furious spinoff movie is currently slated to debut in theaters on July 26, 2019. We still have quite some time to wait until the film finally debuts, but considering how recently it was announced, this is a pretty quick turnaround for a potential summer blockbuster of this scope.
What Is The Rock's Fast And Furious Spinoff Rating?
At this stage of the game, there is no reason not to assume that Hobbs and Shaw will not receive a PG-13 rating like all of the other entries in the franchise. The Fast films are primarily built on a foundation of broad appeal, and getting a large crowd into the theater is the key to success. R-ratings may have helped Deadpool become a box office powerhouse and allowed Logan to become a potential awards contender, but PG-13 is what Fast and Furious currently calls home. Is it impossible that someone behind the scenes may decide to go all in and let the Fast and Furious movie get a restrictive rating? Not necessarily, but PG-13 just seems like the safer bet at this stage of the film's development.
Who Is The Fast And Furious Spinoff Director?
Although Justin Lin has arguably become the most well-known filmmaker behind the scenes of the Fast and Furious franchise, the series has never really landed on one specific director to put a notable creative mark on the films. It's one of the more malleable franchises in existence, and it took a while for a director to be confirmed for the Fast and Furious spinoff, with a report from Variety in October 2017 indicating that Shane Black (Iron Man 3, The Nice Guys) was in the running to potentially get the job.
Spring of 2018, however, brought some good news, as a director was finally officially confirmed for Hobbs and Shaw. David Leitch, fresh off his work on Deadpool 2, is set to step behind the camera for the Fast and Furious spinoff. And, this sounds like a nearly perfect choice to steer what is sure to be an action-filled ship into theaters. Leitch began his Hollywood career as a stuntman/stunt coordinator, and began his work as a director with 2014's John Wick. He then moved to Atomic Blonde and Deadpool 2, making Hobbs and Shaw his fourth effort as a director.
What Is The Fast And Furious Spinoff's Story?
The Fast and Furious spinoff is still in the very early stages of its development (as far as we know, at least) and a proper story has not been established publicly yet. All we know for certain is that it will involve bringing Luke Hobbs and Deckard Shaw together for a mission that requires their particular sets of skills. It could mean the return of Charlize Theron's Cipher, or it could mean that an entirely new threat has entered the equation.
Despite the fact that we don't know much about where the folks at Universal intend to take Hobbs and Shaw from a narrative point of view, the use of those two characters could go a long way towards informing the type of movie that we see. They are more soldiers than they are drivers (though they can definitely handle themselves behind the wheel) which means we may see a movie that's a bit more traditionally oriented towards action than the vehicle-based chaos from the other Fast and Furious movies. Only time will tell for sure.
What Other Fast And Furious Movies Are Coming?
Although the Fast and Furious franchise intends to take a brief detour in order to focus some much-needed attention on Luke Hobbs as a central hero, that doesn't change the fact that there are other installments in the franchise on the way as well. Specifically, Fast and Furious 9 is set to debut in theaters in April 2020, and Fast and Furious 10 (which may end the main franchise) is set to premiere one year later in April 2021.
Dwayne Johnson As Luke Hobbs
Dwayne Johnson is a busy guy; you just need to look at his IMDb page to figure that out. Between his upcoming roles in films like Rampage and Skyscraper, as well as his casting as Black Adam in the DCEU, the guy has a lot on his plate. Having said that, one role that he has continuously returned to over the years is that of Luke Hobbs in the Fast and Furious franchise. Johnson seems incredibly eager to return to the fray, which means we can look forward to an enthusiastic lead performance when the film finally premieres.
That said, we still have no idea of what to expect from Luke Hobbs in this film. During The Fate of the Furious, we saw him go on the run like a fugitive to prove his innocence and get back to the right side of the law, which means that he likely doesn't do the same thing in the very next movie. Whatever causes him to get in on the action, it is going to be something that can't involve bringing the entire team into the field.
Jason Statham As Deckard Shaw
When Jason Statham first burst onto the scene at the end of the sixth Fast and Furious film, everyone knew that he was destined to become the big bad of Furious 7. Having said that, it's doubtful that anyone could've possibly anticipated the transformation that would take place for the character between then and now. Deckard Shaw is still not quite a proper good guy in the way that Luke Hobbs is (or Brian O'Conner was before Paul Walker's death), but he has definitely transformed into a fan-favorite anti-hero, as well as one of the most exciting aspects of the entire Fast and Furious franchise.
Much of that had to do with the delightfully fun chemistry between Jason Statham and The Rock on The Fate of the Furious, and it's clear that Universal knows what it has on its hands with these two action powerhouses. We still have no real idea as to how Hobbs and Shaw plans to incorporate Deckard Shaw into the story alongside Luke Hobbs, but we can reasonably assume that the plan is to have him serve as the "bad cop" to Hobbs' more straight-laced and law-abiding badass police officer.
Luke Evans As Owen Shaw
Like Deckard Shaw, Luke Evans' Owen Shaw is another Fast and Furious bad guy who appears to be on a redemptive arc. After serving as a full-blown antagonist in the sixth film, he made a return to action alongside Deckard in the mission to save Brian Toretto from Cipher -- before her escape out of the plane. He's still around, which means that he has the potential to come back.
As far as willingness to appear in the Fast and Furious spinoff goes, Luke Evans seems interested in the possibility. When addressing whether or not he would come back for Hobbs and Shaw while promoting the release of Professor Marston and the Wonder Women at the time of that film's October 2017 release, he specifically mentioned that he had not received a call to reprise his role as Owen Shaw yet, but that he would do so if presented with the opportunity. Now we're just hoping that the opportunity does present itself.
Helen Mirren As Magdalene Shaw
Kurt Russell is not the only acting icon to get a chance to enter the Fast and Furious universe as a badass character. Helen Mirren also entered the fray as Magdalene Shaw (after fighting for the role) during the events of The Fate of the Furious, and her brief appearance in that film seemingly came with the implication that she could potentially show up somewhere down the line for a much meatier role in the franchise. Like Luke Evans, she is not confirmed for a role in the Fast and Furious spinoff yet, but she seems like a logical choice to potentially fill out the supporting cast.
Bringing back Magdalene Shaw also just seems to make sense from a storytelling point of view. As we saw in The Fate of the Furious, the Shaw family seems to operate by a very similar (albeit somewhat skewed) version of the Toretto family code, so she could easily represent a focal point to branch the series off in a new direction while still maintaining a sense of thematic continuity with the rest of the movies in the Fast and Furious franchise.
The Rest Of The Crew
One thing that we still don't know about the Fast and Furious spinoff is whether or not any other members of the Dominic Toretto crew will show up to make an appearance (cameo or otherwise). We know that every character in this franchise values family above all else, and The Fate of the Furious certainly established the idea that Luke Hobbs is indeed a member of that specific family. Nothing has been confirmed yet, but we would not be surprised if it were announced that at least one member of the crew intended to show up.
Having said that, there's also a clear argument to be made that it might not be the wisest thing for a member of the proper Fast and Furious franchise to show up and take part in the upcoming story. One of the most exciting aspects of Hobbs and Shaw is the chance to see more of Luke Hobbs than we have ever seen before, and pushing this movie too far into ensemble territory could defeat that purpose. A cameo has the potential to work still, but we might not want to see Dom or Letty for the bulk of the film; Luke needs his time to shine.