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Nobody could have guessed back in 2001 when The Fast and The Furious released in theaters that it would ultimately be the foundation of a blockbuster action franchise. The series has morphed over time into what it is now, and it is about to undergo another transformation as it branches out beyond the main series (Saga films?) with its first spinoff. Hobbs and Shaw reunites Dwayne Johson's Luke Hobbs and Jason Statham's Deckard Shaw for what is sure to be some stylish, hard-hitting and physics-defying action. The spinoff has officially started filming, and Dwayne Johnson has shared an image from the Hobbs and Shaw set, featuring, what else, a gorgeous car. Check it out:
It may be a spinoff, but it is clear that Hobbs and Shaw will retain the automotive DNA that is central to the series and has had car fans drooling for nearly two decades. Like wearing your new outfit on the first day of school, the first day of filming Hobbs and Shaw has a gorgeous McLaren on set (a Model 720S, I believe, in case any of you wants to get a head start on your Christmas list). Clearly Luke Hobbs and Deckard Shaw will not be roughing it for their spinoff adventure, still preferring to drive fast and arrive in style before they wreck quarter-million dollar exotic cars.
In The Rock's Instagram post, there are also people, namely Jason Statham, looking stylish as always, and director David Leitch, both of whom are coming off big summers with The Meg and Deadpool 2, respectively. The Rock isn't in this image because he isn't currently on set in London since he is still finishing up shooting Jungle Cruise with Emily Blunt. Despite appearances, Dwayne Johnson does have limits to his abilities, and apparently being in two places at once is one of them.
The combination of David Leitch with Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham as the leads is part of what makes this spinoff exciting and different. That is one thing that The Rock speaks to in his post, calling Hobbs and Shaw an evolution of the franchise that will be doing new things. We'll have to wait and see what those new things are, but hopefully this spinoff can bring some renewed enthusiasm to the franchise. Despite this image, I'm guessing Hobbs and Shaw won't be in black and white, but with David Leitch's action sensibilities and these two standout characters playing off one another, this spinoff film feels justified and intriguing. Beyond just the two badass co-leads, Hobbs and Shaw will also star Mission: Impossible Fallout's Vanessa Kirby and Idris Elba.
Hobbs and Shaw drifts its way into theaters on August 2, 2019. Check out our release schedule for movies coming to theaters this year, and for all the latest in the Fast and Furious franchise and cars even selling your organs won't pay for, stay tuned to CinemaBlend.