Universal Pictures has released the first HOBBS AND SHAW trailer for the upcoming FAST AND FURIOUS spinoff. The film, of course, is the spinoff starring Dwayne Johnson’s Hobbs character, but following the positive reaction to Hobbs’ chemistry with Jason Statham’s Shaw in FATE OF THE FURIOUS, Universal opted to double up for the spinoff and put the pedal to the metal.
Officially titled FAST AND FURIOUS PRESENTS: HOBBS AND SHAW, the film finds the titular characters forced to team up in what’s been described as a buddy cop movie with a tone reminiscent of LETHAL WEAPON and TANGO AND CASH. Universal tapped DEADPOOL 2 director and JOHN WICK co-director David Leitch to take the helm, and the FAST AND FURIOUS family grows even further with Vanessa Kirby playing the sister of Statham’s Owen Shaw. And then, of course, Idris Elba plays the film’s Big Bad.
The FAST AND FURIOUS brand has been growing exponentially ever since FAST FIVE. The most recent installment, THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS, grossed over $1.2 billion worldwide, so it’ll be interesting to see if audiences respond similarly to HOBBS AND SHAW. This is a smart expansion of the brand, and you really can’t go wrong with Dwayne Johnson as your leading man.
Tonally, this trailer is pitch perfect. It’s funny, isn’t taking itself too seriously, and is having a lot of fun with action movie tropes. Starting with FAST FIVE, not only did the FAST FIVE movies expand in scope, but they also became something of a live-action cartoon. HOBBS AND SHAW takes this and runs with it, leaving behind the overly sentimental “family” vibes that can sometimes bring the FAST AND FURIOUS movies to a screeching halt.
Written by Chris Morgan, HOBBS AND SHAW also stars Helen Mirren and is produced by Chris Morgan, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, and Hiram Garcia and hits theaters on August 2nd.