Universal Pictures has released a second trailer for the upcoming studios Hobbs and Shawthe first spin-off of his wildly popular Fast and furious franchisee. It looks set to be the perfect summer popcorn movie, with ridiculously over-the-top action, Idris Elba stealing every scene like an arrogant super soldier, and the sweet, witty duo of Hobbs and Shaw once again putting their differences aside to save the world. .
(Spoilers for some of the earlier movies in Fast and furious franchise below.)
The first movie in the series, The Fast and the Furious, debuted in 2001 and focused on an undercover cop (the late Paul Walker) who went up against a group of car hijackers led by Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto. It earned over $200 million worldwide against its relatively modest budget of $38 million, so the film was followed by seven equally successful sequels and two draw shorts. It is now Universal Pictures’ most successful franchise of all time, with sales exceeding $5 billion worldwide. This juggernaut shows no signs of stopping: the ninth and tenth films are already in development, slated for April 2020 and 2021 respectively.
We’re also getting some spin-off movies now: the next one is Hobbs and Shaw, and there may be as many as three others in development, including — if you’re to believe Vin Diesel’s Instagram — a possible film that focuses on the franchise’s hottest female characters. US Diplomatic Security Agent Luke Hobbs and former British military agent/assassin Deckard Shaw have always been fan favorites in the franchise, talking smooth and confused while always getting the job done in the end. It made perfect sense for director David Leitch to tackle these two characters for the first time Fast and furious spin-off movie.
Hobbs and Shaw picks up two years later The Fate of the Furious stopped. This time we meet Shaw’s sister, Hattie (Vanessa Kirby), a rogue MI6 agent (is there a different kind in these movies?) who has stolen some kind of super virus from arch villain Brixton (Idris Elba). Brixton is a cyber-genetically enhanced, self-described “Black Superman”, and of course he wants his supervirus back so he can make like Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War and wipe out half of humanity.
Hijinks follow with plenty of comic relief in between, mostly of Hobbs and Shaw bickering and robbing in front of the camera (even in the middle of a fight scene it seems). The trailer gives us a generous three-and-a-half minutes of action, with Elba and Kirby holding their own on the fist front. It looks like we’re going to get a lot of well-choreographed fight scenes, a generous amount of gunfights, the odd explosion, a lot of unnecessary material damage and even a cameo from Helen Mirren, who plays Magdalene Shaw, mother of Deckard, Owen and Hattie. Oh, and we end up in Samoa at some point so Hobbs can have a family reunion and recruit his big, strong brothers to the cause. Director Leitch knows what the fans want and it looks like he’s going to make it happen.
Hobbs and Shaw opens in theaters from August 2, 2019.
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