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Now that Hobbs & Shaw has had its time to shine, the door is open for the Fast & Furious franchise to deliver other spinoffs to the masses. If/when that will happen remains to be seen, but if you ask Hobbs & Shaw director David Leitch, Helen Mirren’s Magdalene Shaw is the perfect candidate to lead one of these side stories. As he put it:
Aside from her work, she’s just a beautiful human being. We should do a whole movie with her.
David Leitch presented Helen Mirren as a suitable candidate for leading a Fast & Furious spinoff while speaking on the Hobbs & Shaw director’s commentary for the home release. Magdalene Shaw already has two movies under her belt, with a third on the way, so obviously the fanbase is quite familiar with her. But beyond that, Leitch is so enamored with Mirren on both a professional and personal level, so if he had his way, the actress would lead her own high octane adventure in this car-obsessed world.
Helen Mirren made her Fast & Furious debut in 2017’s The Fate of the Furious, where Magaldene Shaw was approached by Dominic Toretto with a proposition: if she convinced her sons, Deckard and Owen, to help him rescue his son from Cipher, the movie’s main antagonist, then he’d arrange for them to be freed from government custody. She accepted that deal, and as a result, the good guys emerged victorious at the end of the eighth Fast & Furious movie.
However, sometime in between The Fate of the Furious and Hobbs & Shaw, Magdalene Shaw was incarcerated, and Deckard Shaw visited her in prison during the latter movie, where she requested that he re-connect with his sister, Hattie. However, by the end of Hobbs & Shaw, with Deckard and Hattie finally reconciled, it’s implied that they worked together to break their mother out of prison.
This paves the way for Magdalene Shaw’s appearance in Fast & Furious 9 next year, although it’s looking like she’ll be the only member of the Shaw family participating in that movie. It hasn’t been revealed yet how Magdalene will participate in the events of Fast & Furious 9, although it’s a good bet that it’ll be assisting Dominic Toretto and his crew in some capacity.
We’ll just have to wait and see if the leadership at Universal take note of David Leitch’s interest in Helen Mirren and decides to explore giving Magdalene Shaw her own corner of the Fast & Furious universe. As far as the franchise’s spinoff prospects as a whole are concerned, there are a few things in the works, but nothing on the schedule yet.
It was announced back in January that a female-fronted spinoff is in development, and while we haven’t learned yet who the stars will be, Nicole Perlman, Lindsey Beer and Geneva Robertson-Dworet are working on the script. There was also talk about giving Charlize Theron’s Cipher her own movie, though now that it’s been confirmed that she’s returning for Fast & Furious 9, who knows if that’s still in the cards.
And then there’s the matter of a Hobbs & Shaw sequel. While the spinoff was one of the lower-grossing entries in the Fast & Furious franchise, its $760 million worldwide haul is nonetheless impressive when looking at the bigger picture. So if Hobbs & Shaw 2 does become a reality, that’s another platform for Helen Mirren to reprise Magdalene Shaw if she doesn’t get her own spinoff.