Eight movies. One mega franchise. And now a spin-off that we already predict won’t stop here. After all, we already anticipated Hobbs & Shaw before it happened, right here. Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw is in cinemas from Friday 2 August and we’re getting a sneak peek at this month’s M-Net Movies Night Out. Whether you’re the lucky winner of a couple of tickets or eagerly awaiting its release in just two days, here are a few things you need to know about this brand-new instalment.
Hobbs & Shaw is not a sequel to The Fate of the Furious, the eighth and latest movie in the F&F franchise. Instead, it’s a spin-off. We’ll get a sequel in the form on Fast & Furious 9 next year. That being said, chronologically speaking, the events of Hobbs & Shaw take place after the events of The Fate of the Furious.
Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham obviously reprise their F&F roles as the title characters, Hobbs and Shaw. In case you need a reminder, Luke Hobbs made his F&F debut in 2011’s Fast Five, while Deckard Shaw made his first appearance in 2013’s Fast & Furious 6. His brother, Owen (played by Luke Evans) was the main villain in Fast & Furious 6. Helen Mirren also reprises her role, as the Shaw’s mother Queenie (actual name: Magdalene Shaw). Quite a fitting name, considering Mirren played the queen in The Queen!
New cast members include Eiza González, Eddie Marsan, and Vanessa Kirby. Kirby’s previous action outing was the supreme awesomeness of Mission: Impossible – Fallout. However, as Shaw’s sister you can expect a lot more action from her in Hobbs & Shaw. Like her on-screen mother, Kirby has also played royalty, having portrayed Princess Margaret in The Crown. And of course, there’s the inclusion of Idris Elba as rogue MI6 agent and supervillain, Brixton Lore.
Hobbs & Shaw was co-written by Chris Morgan and Drew Pearce. Morgan has penned every F&F movie since The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. Pearce is no stranger to action either, having written the screenplay for Iron Man 3 and the story for Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation. He also wrote and directed Hotel Artemis, this week’s newvie on M-Net Movies Premiere.
Hobbs & Shaw is directed by David Leitch, whose directing credits include Atomic Blonde and Deadpool 2. His feature debut was co-directing John Wick, although he wasn’t credited for it. He has since served as executive producer on John Wick: Chapter 2 and John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum. He’s also stunt doubled for Brad Pitt.
Do you need to have in-depth knowledge of the Fast & Furious franchise? Should you watch, or re-watch, all eight movies that came before it? Although we anticipate the occasional Easter egg or casual reference, we suspect the story will stand alone (this is a spin-off, not a sequel, after all). Besides, you can totally expect it to deliver all the OTT action we’ve come to expect from Fast & Furious, and there’s also the very excellent and now-legendary riffing between Johnson and Statham to keep you highly entertained.
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Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw is in cinemas from 2 August 2019.