Idris Elba is in final negotiations to play the main villain in “Hobbs and Shaw,” the upcoming spin-off of the “Fast and Furious” franchise starring Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham.
Johnson and Statham reprise their roles of special agent Luke Hobbs and master criminal Deckard Shaw respectively. Johnson has appeared as a regular in the fifth through eighth films in the series, Statham first had a cameo in the sixth, was the villain of the seventh and a supporting player in the eighth.
Johnson and Statham’s chemistry was so strong it led to the spin-off with franchise scribe Chris Morgan penning the project which begins filming in the Fall. Elba’s character is the antagonist the duo will go up against but no further specifics are available.
Universal plans to release the new film in cinemas on July 26th 2019.