He might not be the next James Bond but UK actor Idris Elba has hit the jackpot by joining another wildly popular and long-running franchise. Best known for his roles in Luther and The Wire, Elba has signed on to play the villain in the upcoming Fast & Furious spin-off Hobbs & Shaw.
Dwayne Johnson took to Instagram to announce Elba’s casting, revealing he will be playing a character named Brixton who has been brought into the franchise to “wreak havoc, hell and mayhem.” I’m hooked already.
The ninth film in the Fast & Furious universe revolves around Johnson’s Diplomatic Security Service character Luke Hobbs and Jason Statham’s reformed bad guy Deckard Shaw, two fan favourites from the adrenaline-fuelled series.
Plot details are scarce but expect The Rock and The Stath to be spitting cheesy one-liners while involved in all manners of over the top action sequences as they attempt to put their differences aside and to stop antagonist Elba’s masterplan from unfolding.
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I learned a long time ago (when I was a very sinful eyebrow raising villainous man in the crazy world of pro wrestling;) that heroes are only as great as their greatest villains. A pleasure to introduce the man himself @idriselba we brought in to our Fast & Furious franchise to wreak havoc, hell and mayhem on our heroes HOBBS & SHAW. The name: BRIXTON. The record: UNDEFEATED. The promise: SHOWDOWN OF ALL SHOWDOWNS. So cool having my brother @idriselba come and play in our sandbox. This one’s been years in the making!! As I always say, we either gonna get along or we gonna get it on… and fuck getting along 😈 #BRIXTON #TheConsequenceAgent #HellRaiser HOBBS & SHAW SUMMER 2019 📸 @hhgarcia41
Hobbs & Shaw is set for release mid-2019.