“The bottom line is we wanted to make something that was fun,” Dwayne Johnson told CinemaCon attendees earlier this month. “This is fun.”
It looks like Johnson’s achieved his ambition. Packed with incredible stunts, genuinely funny comedy, and Idris Elba proclaiming himself to be ‘the black Superman,’ fun definitely seems to be the priority here.
The spin-off basically looks like the ultimate buddy cop movie, injected with the kind of action steroids that’s kept the main franchise so bonkers for so long.
The only downside to the trailer is there’s a chance we’ve just watched the whole movie edited down to four minutes, but let’s hope there’s plenty more surprises when the film hits cinemas.
Directed by David Leitch (Deadpool 2) from a script by longtime Fast & Furious narrative architect Chris Morgan, the film will be in UK cinemas on 2 August.
Here’s the synopsis:
Ever since hulking lawman Hobbs (Johnson), a loyal agent of America’s Diplomatic Security Service, and lawless outcast Shaw (Statham), a former British military elite operative, first faced off in 2015’s Fast & Furious 7, the duo have swapped smack talk and body blows as they’ve tried to take each other down.
But when cyber-genetically enhanced anarchist Brixton (Idris Elba) gains control of an insidious bio-threat that could alter humanity forever — and bests a brilliant and fearless rogue MI6 agent (The Crown’s Vanessa Kirby), who just happens to be Shaw’s sister – these two sworn enemies will have to partner up to bring down the only guy who might be badder than themselves.
Hobbs & Shaw explodes into UK cinemas on 2 August.