UPDATE: Director David Leitch revealed that production has officially started (via Instagram):

 

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Star Jason Statham also shared a first day photo on the set:

UPDATE: Jason Statham recently sat down with Collider and spoke a bit about ‘Hobbs & Shaw’ and what director David Leitch will bring to the table:

“I think Dave Leitch’s taste is a little more grounded and a little darker. If you see Atomic Blonde, and it is just superb, his taste is definitely in a world that is sort of how you described it. I think he’s looking to do something that doesn’t look exactly like a Fast movie. Although it’s the Fast characters, he’s trying to do his own thing with it and give it a real sense of credibility. I think Dave is going to get this one gritty, and real, and fucking hardcore.”

Read more on what Statham has to say about the film over at COLLIDER.

UPDATE: A villain has been found for ‘Hobbs & Shaw’ in veteran actor IDRIS ELBA (Thor: Ragnarok)!

‘The Rock’ welcomes Elba to the ‘Fast’ family via Instagram:

In addition to Elba, actress VANESSA KIRBY (Mission Impossible: Fallout) has also been cast as MI5 agent and sister of Statham’s ‘Shaw’.

There is no plot details at the moment so stay tuned.

SOURCE: Variety

UPDATE: DAVID LEITCH (Deadpool 2, John Wick) is officially confirmed to direct the ‘Hobbs & Shaw’ spin-off. Get ready, buckle up, and prepare for some insane action!

The film is set to hit theaters on August 2nd, 2019.

SOURCE: Forbes

UPDATE: ‘John Wick’s DAVID LEITCH (Deadpool 2) is in early talks to helm the upcoming ‘Hobbs & Shaw’ spin-off!

Combining the action style of ‘Wick’ with the electric chemistry of action superstars Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham seems like a match made in heaven.

Stay tuned for confirmation.

SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter

UPDATE: A release date has officially been set for the untitled spin-off for July 26, 2019! This will push the release date for ‘Fast & Furious 9’ to April 10, 2020.

Production on the spin-off is slated to start in Summer 2018 once Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson’s busy schedule is cleared. A search for a director will start once the script is completed.

Stay tuned for more details.

SOURCE: Variety

After the record shattering box office opening weekend of ‘The Fate And The Furious’ last weekend with DWAYNE ‘THE ROCK’ JOHNSON and JASON STATHAM arguably the highlight of the film, Universal Pictures is reportedly moving forward with a SPIN-OFF for the duo!

Series writer CHRIS MORGAN will pen the script that will see Johnson’s ‘Luke Hobbs’ forming an unlikely partnership with Statham’s ‘Decker Shaw’.

The plan is to put this project on the fast track for release even before ‘Fast 9’. Look out for CHARLIZE THERON’s potential involvement with the spin-off as well to reprise her role as ‘Cipher’.

SOURCE: Deadline