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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Eiza Gonzalez heartbroken after losing out on Catwoman role

Eiza Gonzalez still hasn’t recovered from losing out on the chance to play Catwoman in Matt Reeves’ upcoming blockbuster The Batman.The Baby Driver star was told to audition for Selina Kyle and her feline alter ago by the director himself, but was left…

Eiza Gonzalez still hasn’t recovered from losing out on the chance to play Catwoman in Matt Reeves’ upcoming blockbuster The Batman.

The Baby Driver star was told to audition for Selina Kyle and her feline alter ago by the director himself, but was left heartbroken when Zoe Kravitz was cast instead.

Eiza told The Hollywood Reporter she became so obsessed that she imagined herself as Catwoman opposite Robert Pattinson as Batman in the comic book adaptation, and was “living and breathing” the role after getting down to the final stages of the audition process.

“It’s impossible not to do that, especially when you get so far down the line,” the 30-year-old confessed. “It’s part of why you’re so far down the line – because you’re living and dreaming the character.

“For my prep for every role, I’m kind of a weirdo, especially when I’m already at the camera test stage or really deep into it. I will live and breathe the character; I’m more traditional in that sense. It is heartbreaking; it is always hard. You have to envision yourself in the role in order to see the role. You can’t have one foot in and one foot out.”

But the Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw star is experienced enough to know that when one door closes in Hollywood, another one opens, and she’s remaining positive that the experience will lead to another opportunity in the future.

“It’s always heartbreaking, but what I’ve learned with time, those relationships that you curate and the people that you meet don’t go away,” she shared. “The beauty of our industry is it’s never ending; it’s always evolving and transforming. I’m just lucky and grateful that I’ve had the chance to meet incredible directors and be part of incredible projects.”

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Vin Diesel hints Fast & Furious 10 will be split into two parts

Vin Diesel has teased fans with the possibility that Fast & Furious 10 could be split into two parts.The 52-year-old, who has played Dominic Toretto in the long-running action franchise since 2001, revealed that he thought about the ending of the Fast …

Vin Diesel has teased fans with the possibility that Fast & Furious 10 could be split into two parts.

The 52-year-old, who has played Dominic Toretto in the long-running action franchise since 2001, revealed that he thought about the ending of the Fast & Furious saga even before filming began on the upcoming Fast & Furious 9.

“I started planning for Fast 10 before we started filming Fast 9. Very much so,” he told Total Film magazine, noting that he wants to stretch out the next instalment of the franchise for the fans and executives at the studio Universal.

“Universal deserves it because of how much they’ve invested in this little saga, and it’d be good to give back to Universal. And for the fans, should Fast 10 parts one and two be the conclusion, it would be nice for this world to continue for generations to come,” Diesel added.

The hugely successful action saga, which has grossed more than $5 billion (£3.8 billion) worldwide, also spawned last year’s spin-off movie Hobbs & Shaw, with Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham reprising their Fast & Furious characters for the blockbuster.

Diesel touched upon the possibilities of more spin-offs and insisted he was happy with the future of the franchise being enjoyed by different audiences.

“The universe is so robust and so rich with talent and rich with story that, on one level, it’s totally feasible to have spin-offs, and I think that’s something that is inevitable,” he explained.

Fast & Furious 9, which also stars Michelle Rodriguez, Charlize Theron, John Cena, Jordana Brewster, and Tyrese Gibson, will hit cinemas in May.

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Jason Statham and Kevin Hart in talks for The Man from Toronto

Jason Statham and Kevin Hart are reportedly in talks to team up for new action comedy The Man From Toronto.The Hobbs & Shaw star will play the world’s deadliest assassin, who reluctantly joins forces with loser Teddy, played by funnyman Hart, after a c…

Jason Statham and Kevin Hart are reportedly in talks to team up for new action comedy The Man From Toronto.

The Hobbs & Shaw star will play the world’s deadliest assassin, who reluctantly joins forces with loser Teddy, played by funnyman Hart, after a case of mistaken identity leaves the fate of the world on their shoulders, according to Deadline.

The movie is not related to 1933’s The Man From Toronto, which starred Jessie Matthews and Ian Hunter, and was based on the play by Douglas Murray.

The Hitman’s Bodyguard director Patrick Hughes, who previously worked with Statham on The Expendables 3, will oversee the project, with Robbie Fox penning the script based on a story from Jason Blumenthal.

Hart and Statham briefly shared scenes in last year’s Hobbs & Shaw, which also starred their frequent collaborator Dwayne Johnson.

Sony Pictures officials are eyeing a 20 November release for The Man From Toronto, with production expected to begin in March, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Hart is currently revelling in the huge success of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle sequel, Jumanji: The Next Level, which has made over $738 million (£568 million) worldwide since its release in December.

The 40-year-old funnyman has also wrapped on upcoming drama Fatherhood, which will be released in January 2021.

Meanwhile, Statham recently reunited with Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch director Guy Ritchie for the revenge action thriller, Cash Truck, which has just finished filming.

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Tyrese Gibson pokes fun at Dwayne Johnson over disappointing Hobbs & Shaw debut

Tyrese Gibson has refuelled his war of words with Dwayne Johnson by poking fun at the box office numbers for his Fast & Furious spin-off Hobbs & Shaw. The film debuted at number one in America on Sunday, but its $60.8 million (£50 million) domestic h…

Tyrese Gibson has refuelled his war of words with Dwayne Johnson by poking fun at the box office numbers for his Fast & Furious spin-off Hobbs & Shaw.

The film debuted at number one in America on Sunday, but its $60.8 million (£50 million) domestic haul is the worst opening for a Fast & Furious film since 2006’s The Fast and The Furious: Tokyo Drift – and Tyrese wanted to make sure fans knew.

“I have to show my respects for one thing… He tried,” Gibson wrote in a now-deleted tweet, before calling the box office take for Hobbs & Shaw “NOT a win”.

Tyrese sparked a feud with Johnson when he accused the action star of delaying the ninth Fast & Furious film with his spin-off.

In his latest post, he added: “Folks called me a hater… And attacked me for speaking out… Breaking up the family clearly doesn’t have the value that one would assume it does… You know what maybe just maybe… The Rock (Johnson) and the crew will come dance with us again for #Fast10. We can all hug it out and get back to giving the true fans who have supported this franchise for 20 years WHAT they want… No hating I’m just pointing out the facts…

“Again my respects cause he tried his best… The world is clearly used to being severed (sic) its Thanksgiving meal a certain way… they want the table to ‘include’ all its flavors and all of its usual ingredients.”

Gibson appeared to have put his feud with Johnson behind him last month when he acknowledged it was “unprofessional” to have called his co-star out.

“I found myself being the messenger on behalf of various people associated to the franchise, but stupid me was the only one who went public about those feelings, which is my own fault,” he said during an appearance on Van Lathan’s The Red Pill podcast. “It’s not professional, it’s not cool.”

He also blamed his behaviour on medication he was taking at the time.

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Vanessa Kirby clueless about Catwoman casting rumours

Vanessa Kirby has played down chatter suggesting she’s a top contender for the role of Catwoman in The Batman.Director Matt Reeves has confirmed Robert Pattinson will play the latest incarnation of Gotham’s caped crusader in the film, replacing Ben Aff…

Vanessa Kirby has played down chatter suggesting she’s a top contender for the role of Catwoman in The Batman.

Director Matt Reeves has confirmed Robert Pattinson will play the latest incarnation of Gotham’s caped crusader in the film, replacing Ben Affleck after his portrayal of Bruce Wayne in the Justice League movies, and earlier this month, rumours began to swirl that the Mission: Impossible – Fallout actress was a contender to portray elusive cat burglar Selina Kyle.

But while Kirby is flattered her name has been linked to Reeves’ film, she has insisted no one has approached her about the part.

“I don’t know anything about it,” she told Entertainment Tonight, before sharing that she would be open to the role. “Are you kidding? I would love to be Catwoman… Oh my God, it would be a dream.”

Kirby then went on to joke that she would have to get into shape to play Catwoman, a role that has been previously been taken on by the likes of Michelle Pfeiffer, Halle Berry, and Anne Hathaway.

“I’ll have to do lots of squats,” the 31-year-old smiled. “I mean, literally, lots of squats.”

Kirby is best known for playing Princess Margaret in Netflix TV series The Crown and will next appear as Jason Statham’s onscreen sister Hattie in the Fast & Furious spin-off, Hobbs & Shaw.

The British actress made an appearance to promote the action film at the Hollywood premiere on Sunday, with her co-stars Idris Elba and Dwayne Johnson also in attendance.

The Batman is slated for release in 2021.

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Ryan Reynolds joins Dwayne Johnson and Gal Gadot in Red Notice

Ryan Reynolds has signed on to join Dwayne Johnson and Gal Gadot in Red Notice.The action film has been in development for several years, and on Monday, bosses at Netflix confirmed they had acquired the project from Universal Pictures. With a script f…

Ryan Reynolds has signed on to join Dwayne Johnson and Gal Gadot in Red Notice.

The action film has been in development for several years, and on Monday, bosses at Netflix confirmed they had acquired the project from Universal Pictures.

With a script from director Rawson Marshall Thurber, the plot is to follow an Interpol agent who is tracking the world’s most wanted art thief. Details about the characters to be played by Reynolds, Johnson, and Gadot have not yet been announced.

“Director/writer Rawson Thurber has delivered a dynamic script that me and my co-stars and partners-in-heist, Gal Gadot and Ryan Reynolds, can’t wait to shoot,” said Johnson in a statement, adding of the Netflix deal: “The fun we’re gonna have making Red Notice, but more importantly – the fun the worldwide audience will have watching it in 190+ countries – all at the same moment.”

In addition to starring in Red Notice, Johnson will also serve as a producer alongside Dany Garcia and Hiram Garcia under their Seven Bucks Productions banner. Beau Flynn and Turber will also produce the feature, with Scott Sheldon to executive produce.

“I’m beyond thrilled to be making Red Notice with (head of Netflix film) Scott Stuber and Netflix – a company that believes in filmmakers and big ideas for a global audience,” commented Thurber.

Red Notice marks the third feature Johnson and Thurber have teamed up on, with the pair previously working together on 2018’s Skyscraper and 2016’s Central Intelligence. Principal photography is set to take place in various locations in 2020, with the film slated for release in November that year.

Johnson is attached to appear in upcoming Netflix movie John Henry and the Statesmen too, and is currently in the post-production phases on Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, Jumanji: The Next Level, and Jungle Cruise.

Meanwhile, Reynolds has been shooting The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard and Free Guy.

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Dave Bautista has no desire to play villain in Fast and Furious franchise

Dave Bautista has no plans to play a villain in one of the Fast and Furious franchise films.The former WWE star, who portrayed Drax the Destroyer in Marvel Cinematic Universe movies such as Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers: Endgame, was tagged in a…

Dave Bautista has no plans to play a villain in one of the Fast and Furious franchise films.

The former WWE star, who portrayed Drax the Destroyer in Marvel Cinematic Universe movies such as Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers: Endgame, was tagged in a Twitter post on Saturday by a fan who suggested he appear in a spin-off feature alongside Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and John Cena.

However, Bautista was quick to reject the idea and throw shade at the popular series.

“Thank you for your consideration,” he replied, before adding a vomiting emoji and the hashtag “I’d rather do good films”.

One follower then responded to the sportsman-turned-actor’s hashtag, reminding “Big Dave” that he had a role in the critically-panned 2018 movie Escape Plan 2, in which he appeared opposite Sylvester Stallone.

But hitting back, Bautista responded: “Genius! Big Dave didn’t state that he’s never done a bad film. But I did them for particular reasons that helped build an ‘acting’ career. And I got to work with Sly so in your face with that! You’re dismissed!”

Fast & Furious 9, featuring original castmembers like Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, and Jordana Brewster, is currently shooting in London and is set to be released in May 2020.

While spin-off movie Hobbs & Shaw, which sees Johnson and Jason Statham reprise their roles as Luke Hobbs and Deckard Shaw, respectively, is scheduled to open in cinemas in August.

Bautista, 50, can next be seen onscreen in the action comedy Stuber, alongside Kumail Nanjiani, and is also attached to star in upcoming flicks like The Killer’s Game and Army of the Dead.

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