Whenever Dwayne Johnson stars in a movie, you can be sure that he’s going to take every opportunity to publicize it. Johnson is set to reprise his role as Agent Luke Hobbs in the upcoming Fast & Furious spin-off Hobbs & Shaw and has now released another image from the movie.
This latest picture seems to be taken in the same location as the one released in December. It shows Johnson alongside co-star Jason Statham as mercenary-for-hire Owen Shaw, and Idris Elba as the movie’s villain, Brixton. In his Instagram post, Johnson describes Elba’s character as “the baddest bad guy the Fast & Furious franchise has ever had.” Check it out below:
Hobbs & Shaw is directed by Deadpool 2’s David Leitch, and also stars Vanessa Kirby (Mission Impossible: Fallout), Eiza González (Baby Driver), and Eddie Marsan (Deadpool 2). It releases on August 2, 2019.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly last month, Johnson spoke about what will set Hobbs & Shaw apart from the insane, over-the-top action of the main Fast & Furious movies. “The main thing that we can do and focus on is how can we evolve,” he said. “So instead of thinking of whatever the biggest explosions are with the biggest vehicles and let’s drop them from the moon, this is where finding the perfect director comes in with a very unique point of view and perspective, and someone who understands not only action but understands stylistic action mixed in with story and character.”
“David Leitch just did the new Deadpool and John Wick and Atomic Blonde,” Johnson continued. “So you can see the stylistic approach that he has, and he really just stepped up to the plate and took great ownership of this spin-off. He’s really been delivering, and if his past movies are an example of what he’s been doing, wait until you see this one.”
In terms of the main series, the currently untitled Fast & Furious 9 is currently scheduled for an April 2020 release. The decision to delay the movie by a year to make way for Hobbs & Shaw caused some controversy in 2017, when co-star Tyreese suggested that if Johnson were to appear, he would not. This follows the reported on-set feud between Johnson and star/producer Vin Diesel during the production of 2017’s The Fate of the Furious.