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By Damilola Faustino

Idris Elba is in final negotiations to play the main villain in Hobbs and Shaw, the “Fast and Furious” spinoff starring Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham.

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Deadpool 2 director, David Leitch is on board to direct the action movie, with Johnson and Statham reprising their roles as special agent Luke Hobbs and criminal mastermind Deckard Shaw, respectively.

Fast and Furious writer Chris Morgan penned the script, with production set to commence this fall. According to reports, Elba’s character is the antagonist the duo will go up against.

Since his arrival in the franchise’s fifth instalment, Universal has tried to find a way to spin off Johnson’s Hobbs character, given his popularity with fans. Statham joined the series in the seventh movie, and considering the chemistry between the two actors in 2017’s the Fate of the Furious, Universal took action on plans to develop a spinoff. It hits theatres on July 26, 2019.

Original Film’s Neal H. Moritz will produce alongside Johnson and his Seven Bucks Productions partners, Dany Garcia and Hiram Garcia, Statham, and Chris Morgan for his eponymous production company. Kelly McCormick, Steve Chasman, Amanda Lewis, Ainsley Davies, and Ethan Smith will executive produce.

Read also: Netflix Is Producing An Animated Fast & Furious Series

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