Dwayne Johnson wanted to play Jack Reacher

Dwayne Johnson has confessed he always wanted to play the role of Jack Reacher in a movie.In a recent Q&A video on Instagram, the wrestler-turned-actor was asked by a fan: “Was there a movie role I really wanted, but lost to another actor?”Despite his …

Dwayne Johnson has confessed he always wanted to play the role of Jack Reacher in a movie.

In a recent Q&A video on Instagram, the wrestler-turned-actor was asked by a fan: “Was there a movie role I really wanted, but lost to another actor?”

Despite his usual success with casting, Johnson revealed that Reacher was the one part that got away.

“Fortunately, for me, there aren’t a lot of guys at all who look like me. So, all of my roles, from the beginning of my career, I’ve been a lucky son of a b**ch that they’ve been created and designed for me – except Jack Reacher,” he explained.

Johnson aspired to play Reacher, the hero in 2012’s Jack Reacher and its 2016 sequel, as he and the character shared a similar physique. Tom Cruise ended up landing the part.

“I didn’t even know if I had a shot for it, but the people around me at that time made me think that I did. I felt like I did, I felt like, ‘Why not me?'” the 47-year-old commented.

In his usual philosophical fashion, Johnson insisted there was a silver lining to not being offered the role, as he instead took up the part of the “one and only bad a**, s**t talkin’, gravity and reality-defying, always winkin’ and having fun OUTLAW LAWMAN KNOWN AS LUKE HOBBS” in the Fast and the Furious franchise.

And later in the video, Johnson also dropped some details on the upcoming Hobbs & Shaw sequel movie, teasing the possibility of brand-new characters: “We have a few more surprises and great characters to create. Not characters that Hobbs can just kick the s**t out of, because that’s boring, but characters I think that you guys are gonna fall in love with. Villains, anti-heroes, and heroes all across the board.”

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Dwayne Johnson confirms Hobbs & Shaw 2 is in the works

Dwayne Johnson has confirmed a Hobbs & Shaw sequel is in the early stages of development.The wrestler-turned-actor delivered the news during a recent Instagram Live Q&A hosted by editors at Screenrant, writing: “We are developing now the next film, the…

Dwayne Johnson has confirmed a Hobbs & Shaw sequel is in the early stages of development.

The wrestler-turned-actor delivered the news during a recent Instagram Live Q&A hosted by editors at Screenrant, writing: “We are developing now the next film, the next (Hobbs & Shaw) movie, and I’m pretty excited about it.”

Although Johnson may be working on the movie already, moving the prospective film into production could present challenges, with the coronavirus crisis bringing the majority of Hollywood productions to a standstill.

Current predictions suggest projects in development now may only see release in 2022.

A spin-off from the popular Fast & Furious franchise, the first Hobbs & Shaw film was unveiled in 2019 and starred Johnson as Luke Hobbs and Jason Statham in the part of Deckard Shaw. The pair portrayed reluctant special agents who team up to defeat a bioterrorist from unleashing a deadly virus on the world.

The film, also known as Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, grossed $760 million (£616 million) at the worldwide box office, and its storyline left a clear opening for a sequel.

While it is not yet known if original director David Leitch is interested in helming a second movie, a Hobbs & Shaw follow-up would have a robust cast ready to pick up the plotline.

In addition to Johnson and Statham, the flick feature performances from Vanessa Kirby and Eiza Gonzalez, as well as cameos from Cliff Curtis, Kevin Hart, Helen Mirren, and Ryan Reynolds.

For now, the final narrative and casting of the sequel are still to be determined, with Johnson adding: “Just gotta figure out the creative right now, and the direction we’re going to go.”

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Idris Elba circling Deadshot role in Suicide Squad sequel

Idris Elba is in talks to replace Will Smith in the Suicide Squad sequel.Last month (Feb19), multiple outlets reported that Smith would not be reprising his role as marksman and assassin Floyd Lawton /Deadshot from the 2016 DC Comics supervillain movie…

Idris Elba is in talks to replace Will Smith in the Suicide Squad sequel.

Last month (Feb19), multiple outlets reported that Smith would not be reprising his role as marksman and assassin Floyd Lawton /Deadshot from the 2016 DC Comics supervillain movie, also starring Margot Robbie and Jared Leto, due to scheduling conflicts with upcoming projects.

However, editors at The Hollywood Reporter are now reporting that Elba is the top choice to take on the part of Deadshot, with director James Gunn having apparently reached out to the British actor.

Sources have told the film publication that Elba met with Gunn on Friday (01Mar19) and talks have now begun with studio bosses.

Representatives for the 46-year-old star have not yet commented on the casting speculation.

Little is known about the Suicide Squad plot for the follow-up, though it is believed that Robbie will be reprising her role as Harley Quinn, who she is also playing in Cathy Yan’s spin-off movie Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn). Leto is rumoured to be returning as the Joker, while Joel Kinnaman has been linked to the role of Rick Flag.

Meanwhile, Elba has a string of projects on the go, including new Netflix series Turn Up Charlie, and The Fast and the Furious spin-off Hobbs and Shaw, which features Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, and Vanessa Kirby.

In addition, he has a landed the part of Macavity in Tom Hooper’s live-action adaptation of Cats, with the feature film also starring Jennifer Hudson, James Corden, Rebel Wilson, Judi Dench, and Taylor Swift.

Suicide Squad 2 is slated to hit cinemas in August 2021.

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Paul Walker’s brothers want to reprise his Fast and the Furious role

Paul Walker’s brothers are open to reprising his The Fast and the Furious role in future films.The actor, who gained international fame for his performance as Brian O’Conner in the street racing franchise, died at the age of 40 in a tragic car accident…

Paul Walker’s brothers are open to reprising his The Fast and the Furious role in future films.

The actor, who gained international fame for his performance as Brian O’Conner in the street racing franchise, died at the age of 40 in a tragic car accident in 2013 while shooting Furious 7.

Paul’s younger brothers Caleb and Cody Walker were used as stand-ins to complete his remaining scenes in the flick, and they have now stated that they would be interested in appearing in more movies as a tribute to their sibling.

“I just hope we get to – I don’t know – have a little cameo and bring Paul back to save the day and I get to help create that again. That’s my dream and I hope we get to do that in one of the future movies,” Caleb, 40, told The Associated Press, while 30-year-old Cody added: “I think there could potentially be a way to do it. But it would take a lot of thought and it’d have to be tasteful… He was the real deal, the real car guy.”

In Furious 7, which was released in 2015, Paul’s face was digitally superimposed over his brothers’ performances. The film concluded with Brian driving off into the sunset, with the open ending indicating that he is still alive in the Fast universe, and he was also briefly mentioned in 2017’s The Fate of the Furious.

Caleb and Cody have most recently been promoting I Am Paul Walker, a documentary directed by Adrian Buitenhuis which examines Paul’s life and contains interviews with his friends and family.

And while it was important for the brothers to fill in for Paul in the Furious 7, Caleb admitted that it was hard for him to think about the film sometimes, though he is proud of the legacy it provides.

“I think one day, when our kids are little older and we are able to share that experience with them and be like, ‘Hey look, this is your uncle Paul. He was the greatest guy in the world and here we are being able to portray him and finish up this movie for him,” he shared.

Fast spin-off Hobbs and Shaw, featuring Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham, is the next film due to be released in the franchise.

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Idris Elba posts cryptic tweets amid James Bond rumours

Idris Elba has shared several cryptic messages amid rumours he is the front-runner to play James Bond.In recent years, speculation has swirled that the British actor is in the running to take over from Daniel Craig as the spy in the hit movie series, f…

Idris Elba has shared several cryptic messages amid rumours he is the front-runner to play James Bond.

In recent years, speculation has swirled that the British actor is in the running to take over from Daniel Craig as the spy in the hit movie series, following the release of Bond 25 in late 2019.

However, Elba has had some fun with the latest round of rumours and on Sunday (12Aug18) he uploaded a filtered selfie to Twitter with the caption, “My name’s Elba, Idris Elba” – a reference to 007’s signature “Bond, James Bond” line.

He also posted a photo of hip-hop group Public Enemy and another tweet referring to their 1988 song Don’t Believe the Hype.

“Don’t believe the HYPE,” the Luther star wrote, a statement which many of his followers interpreted to mean that he would not be playing Bond.

Though Elba has repeatedly brushed aside talk that he could be the next Bond, rumours were renewed last Thursday after U.K. newspaper The Daily Star published a report stating that director Antoine Fuqua had spoken to James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli about the future of the spy franchise and that she had claimed that “it is time” for a black actor to take on the part.

But a representative for Fuqua has since rejected the report and told editors at The Hollywood Reporter that the content of the story was “all made up stuff” and that The Equalizer filmmaker had “never had a conversation” with Broccoli.

Elba’s representative has declined to comment too. At present, the 45-year-old is in the pre-production stages of TV series Turn Up Charlie and Fast and Furious movie spin-off Hobbs and Shaw, starring Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham.

Craig has played Bond since succeeding Pierce Brosnan for 2006 reboot Casino Royale. Other names linked to play super sleuth in the future include Tom Hardy, Aiden Turner, Henry Cavill, James Norton and Nicholas Hoult.

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Jason Statham promises Hobbs and Shaw will be funny

Jason Statham is certain director David Leitch will balance funny scenes with intense action in Hobbs and Shaw.The movie hard man is reprising his role of Deckard Shaw in the Fast & Furious spin-off, which also focuses on Dwayne Johnson’s Luke Hobbs. …

Jason Statham is certain director David Leitch will balance funny scenes with intense action in Hobbs and Shaw.

The movie hard man is reprising his role of Deckard Shaw in the Fast & Furious spin-off, which also focuses on Dwayne Johnson’s Luke Hobbs.

Idris Elba and Vanessa Kirby have been added to the cast list, with rumours circulating that Helen Mirren will be back as Deckard’s mother, after playing the role in 2017’s The Fate of the Furious.

“We’re trying to do something that isn’t so goofy though. I know the last time (Helen) slapped me around the face and we got this little… We don’t want to take it too seriously,” Jason told Collider. “I’m not the director so I’m not the one controlling the tone of the movie but we want to have some meaningful stuff in it as well as the fun. At the end of the day, we want to have the laughs. We want to tear each other apart. We want to enjoy it. This has to be a ride. I guess you’ve got to have the whole package.

“I think Dave’s aiming for that. He wants to have the raucous laughs, the funny s**t, the intense action and the great drama and the meaningful stuff.”

Exclaiming that he’s “f**king excited”, Jason also praised Atomic Blonde filmmaker David, who started out as a stuntman, for his understanding of action scenes.

“He’s really efficient and he really cares about the characters,” the 51-year-old added.

Hobbs and Shaw is slated to hit cinemas next summer (19).

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Idris Elba attached to big screen adaptation of Ghetto Cowboy

Idris Elba looks set to star in and produce his next film project, Ghetto Cowboy.Based on Gregory Neri’s 2011 novel of the same name, Ghetto Cowboy tells the story of Cole, a city kid who is forced to go and live with his estranged father Harp, to be…

Idris Elba looks set to star in and produce his next film project, Ghetto Cowboy.

Based on Gregory Neri’s 2011 novel of the same name, Ghetto Cowboy tells the story of Cole, a city kid who is forced to go and live with his estranged father Harp, to be played by Elba, an urban cowboy, in North Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Dan Walser and Ricky Staub have adapted Neri’s book into a screenplay, with Staub also stepping behind the camera to make his directorial debut.

Elba will be co-producing the project with his Green Door Pictures company.

The Luther star has been producing since 2011, working on both projects he stars in as well as other films and TV shows. He’s also making the move into directing, with his debut feature, Yardie, hitting cinemas later this month (Aug18) following a premiere at the Sundance Film Festival.

Before he starts work on Ghetto Cowboy, the British actor can be seen in Fast and Furious spin-off Hobbs and Shaw, opposite franchise favourites Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham.

The sometime DJ will also be gracing the small screen in Turn Up Charlie, a TV series about a struggling DJ and confirmed bachelor tasked with taking care of his famous best friend’s problem-child daughter.

And on Friday (10Aug18), bookies slashed his odds at becoming the next James Bond after Training Day director Antoine Fuqua backed him as the new 007. Betfair made him the new 2/1 favourite to replace Daniel Craig in the role, overtaking former favourites Tom Hardy and James Norton.

“Idris could do it if he was really tight and in shape. He doesn’t look 45. No one would even know,” Fuqua said, after claiming Bond producer Barbara Broccoli has probably wanted a black Bond for years.

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Vanessa Kirby planning marathon following Mission: Impossible training

Vanessa Kirby’s intense training for Mission: Impossible – Fallout has left her wanting more, so she’s planning on running a marathon.The English actress shot to fame playing Princess Margaret on award-winning Netflix series The Crown, and she’s fast b…

Vanessa Kirby’s intense training for Mission: Impossible – Fallout has left her wanting more, so she’s planning on running a marathon.

The English actress shot to fame playing Princess Margaret on award-winning Netflix series The Crown, and she’s fast becoming hot Hollywood property, bagging roles in the upcoming Fast & Furious spin-off Hobbs and Shaw and biographical drama Gareth Jones.

She’ll also soon be seen opposite Tom Cruise in the latest Mission: Impossible instalment, though getting fit for the role of the White Widow was a shock to Vanessa’s system.

“Going from filming The Crown to Mission: Impossible was like night and day. Literally – I was doing night shoots in Paris for Mission: Impossible and coming back and shooting The Crown during the day. And playing a completely different character. It was quite weird. Even having my own hair was surreal!” she exclaimed, according to Shape.com.

“Also, I’d never done stunts before. I worked really hard with a trainer so I could run in a scene with Tom without vomiting! The first thing we did was go for a jog, and I was so out of breath I nearly had a heart attack. I didn’t realise how unfit I was. Now I feel strong and I really like running. I’m even planning to run a marathon. Who would have thought that would happen?”

The film hits cinemas from 25 July (18), with Rebecca Ferguson, Simon Pegg and Alec Baldwin reprising their roles, and Angela Bassett, Henry Cavill and Vanessa among the franchise newcomers.

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Vanessa Kirby joining The Fast and the Furious spin-off

Actress Vanessa Kirby is reportedly close to signing on to star in The Fast and the Furious spin-off Hobbs and Shaw. The Crown star will appear opposite Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham in the film, which is being directed by Deadpool 2 filmmaker Davi…

Actress Vanessa Kirby is reportedly close to signing on to star in The Fast and the Furious spin-off Hobbs and Shaw.

The Crown star will appear opposite Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham in the film, which is being directed by Deadpool 2 filmmaker David Leitch. According to Variety, Kirby will play an MI-5 agent, who just happens to be the sister of Statham’s character Deckard Shaw.

The script for the spin-off has been written by Chris Morgan, while Johnson, Statham, and Neal Moritz will produce.

Filming is slated to begin later this year (18), but plot details are being kept under wraps. However in May (18), Leitch revealed his film would be about more than just fast cars.

“We really do want to set off on our own specific journey with these characters,” the Hobbs and Shaw filmmaker said according to Cinema Blend. “If you look at the worlds that they come from in the franchise, they’re not from the street racing world. The first movies in Fast, it was all about street racing, and then it became sort of a heist franchise, and then it became a spy franchise.

“I think Jason’s character is definitely from the spy world, and Dwayne’s character is more of an agent, right? Working with the government. We’re going to lean more into their worlds. But I think we still want the same sort of level of spectacle and fun that the Fast (movies) have.”

Meanwhile, franchise stars Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, and Tyrese Gibson will reunite for a ninth Fast & Furious instalment, which will hit theatres in 2020. The 10th and final film in the series will be released the following year.

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Deadpool 2 director David Leitch eyed for Fast and Furious spin-off

Deadpool 2 director David Leitch has raced into pole position to direct the upcoming Fast and Furious spin-off movie.The popular action franchise has so far spawned 10 films, including short film Los Bandoleros and 2006’s Tokyo Drift, which didn’t star…

Deadpool 2 director David Leitch has raced into pole position to direct the upcoming Fast and Furious spin-off movie.

The popular action franchise has so far spawned 10 films, including short film Los Bandoleros and 2006’s Tokyo Drift, which didn’t star any of the original cast in leading roles.

Dwayne Johnson’s character Hobbs is being given his own movies within the Fast world, with insiders claiming stuntman-turned-filmmaker Leitch is set to direct the first feature.

Sources have told Deadline that John Wick co-director Leitch is the frontrunner, with regular Fast writer Chris Morgan providing the script.

On IMDB, the film is billed as Hobbs and Shaw, which also references Jason Statham’s character Deckard Shaw, and is slated for release in July 2019.

The film itself has caused tensions between some of the Fast cast, especially Tyrese Gibson who has publicly fallen out with Johnson over the spin-off, blaming his decision to star in a solo movie for pushing back plans for Fast 9.

“If you move forward with that #Hobbs Movie you will have purposely ignored the heart to heart moment we had in my sprinter – I don’t wanna hear from you until you remember what we talked about – I’m on your timeline cause you’re not responding to my text messages – #FastFamily is just that a family… We don’t fly solo (sic),” Gibson blasted in September (17).

“I’m simply trying to reach him cause he won’t call me back about this solo #HobbsMovie I want you to shoot it just not right now cause the #Fast9 release date has already been announced and we can’t let our loyal fans #FastFamily or our loyal fast and furious FANS down on any level from pushing the date (sic).”

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