It was a bit of a surprise when it was revealed that the next movie in the Fast and Furious franchise wouldn't be the ninth installment we expected, but instead a spinoff film starring Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham. Those two lead actors are enough to carry a film all by themselves, but Hobbs and Shaw hasn't been content to simply have those two stars, as the film has continued to add several big names in supporting roles. Here's a rundown of everybody who's been cast so far.
Of course, the biggest name of all the big names is that of Dwayne Johnson. Johnson has been playing the character of Luke Hobbs since 2011's Fast Five. In that film, he was in pursuit of Dominic Torrento and his gang, but since then the character has worked alongside them in the three sequels we've seen since then. In The Fate of the Furious, the chemistry that Johnson had with Jason Statham was obvious, leading to many people wanting to see these two stars in their own film together.
Of course, the other half of the Hobbs and Shaw title, is Shaw, so you can't have the movie without Jason Statham. Statham's Deckard Shaw has at least one thing in common with Luke Hobbs, as both characters entered the franchise opposing the heroes of the films before joining them. However, while Luke Hobbs was still, technically a "good guy," Deckard Shaw was very clearly the "bad guy." Many fans of the franchise actually took issue with Shaw joining the team considering he was responsible for the death of one of the members, (#JusticeForHan). It will be interesting to see if Hobbs and Shaw attempts to deal with any of this in any way or if it will just move on and focus on the two as (likely unwilling) partners.
While Hobbs and Shaw may both by ex-antagonists, the new film has found a great actor to be the new villain, in the form of Idris Elba. Elba will play a character named Brixton who is known as the "Consequence Agent." Exactly what his motivation is or how Hobbs and Shaw will get mixed up with him is far from clear, but the idea of seeing either Dwayne Johnson or Jason Statham mix it up with Idris Elba is the sort of battle that action movies fans should be salivating to see.
Deckard Shaw wasn't the first member of the Shaw family that we met in the Fast and Furious series, and he also wasn't the last. We've also met his brother and his mother, but it turns out he also has a sister. Hattie Shaw will be played by Vanessa Kirby, recently of Mission: impossible - Fallout. She appears to be something of a black sheep in the family, mostly because she's not a criminal. Hattie is an MI6 agent who will work, apparently closely, alongside Hobbs, something that will cause Shaw no end of grief.
The newest addition to the Hobbs and Shaw cast is Baby Driver star, Eiza Gonzalez. She was apparently just added to the cast, which is fairly late notice since the movie is currently in production, but, according to Variety, scheduling had to be worked out between this movie and Godzilla vs. Kong which is also going into production and contains a role for Gonzalez. Nothing about her role has been revealed, so whether she plays hero or villain remains to be seen.