The Hobbs and Shaw movie Fast & Furious fans have been asking for is becoming a reality with John Wick‘s David Leitch at the helm. Since we’re talking Statham already I’m tacking the new The MEG trailer on here, so you should come check that out too.
The first bit of news:
“EW can exclusively reveal that David Leitch (Deadpool 2) has officially signed on to direct the untitled Fast & Furious spin-off starring Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham, about their respective characters Luke Hobbs and Deckard Shaw. (The film has been rumored to be called, naturally, Hobbs and Shaw.) The film is due in theaters July 26, 2019.”
The script is being penned by Fast & Furious veteran Chris Morgan (he’s written 6 movies for the franchise). Nothing has been revealed about the plot or if they’re going to be including other actors from the franchise. If the beef that came up during the filming the 8th movie continues we can count Tyrese Gibson and Vin Deisel out.
Moving on… I only get so much space every week, and we’re talking about Jason Statham already so here’s the first The MEG trailer. It looks like it’s going to be appropriately ridiculous. The actor went swimming with sharks in Fiji to help prepare for the role because of course, he did. He’s Jason Statham.
The official synopsis:
In the film, a deep-sea submersible – part of an international undersea observation program – has been attacked by a massive creature, previously thought to be extinct, and now lies disabled at the bottom of the deepest trench in the Pacific… with its crew trapped inside. With time running out, expert deep sea rescue diver Jonas Taylor (Jason Statham) is recruited by a visionary Chinese oceanographer (Winston Chao), against the wishes of his daughter Suyin (Li Bingbing), to save the crew – and the ocean itself – from this unstoppable threat: a pre-historic 75-foot-long shark known as the Megalodon. What no one could have imagined is that, years before, Taylor had encountered this same terrifying creature. Now, teamed with Suyin, he must confront his fears and risk his own life to save everyone trapped below… bringing him face to face once more with the greatest and largest predator of all time.
TL;DR – Jason Statham saves the world from a pre-historic 75-foot-long shark.