The first trailer for the first Fast & Furious spin-off has been launched, and it’s just as dramatic as you’d expect.
Hobbs & Shaw emphases on Jason Statham and Dwayne Johnson’s characters from the main series and gets them to team up to beat a (literally bullet-proof) Idris Elba.
Chris Morgan, the writer and creator of the new spin-off explains that the idea of giving Luke Hobbs and Deckard Shaw their own film clicked due to some on-set improvising during the last film.
It wasn’t until [The Fate of the Furious], where we put them together in a prison, that we saw how well Jason and Dwayne bounced off each other,” he stated.”And really, we have so many takes of the things they would say to each other off the cuff that were so funny, [the chemistry] was kind of undeniable.”
He further adds: “We’ve always wanted to expand the Fast universe, there’s definitely more stories to be told there, stories that happened to these characters in between the major tent-pole adventures, and it just seems like Dwayne and Jason was the clear way to do it.”
There have been eight movies released in a series so far (this equals to a third of total James Bond films produced) since the first one that was announced in 2001, with the ninth and 10th movie planned to be released in the coming two years.
Johnson explained earlier this week: “The plan has always been for the Fast and Furious universe to grow and expand.”
The much-hyped released trailer proposes that Hobbs & Shaw will have all the main hallmarks of the franchise, with thrilling action sequences that includes a literal chase down the side of a building.
Much of the new film was shot in the UK as the film is moderately set in London.
But Morgan clarifies that producers weren’t able to shoot everything they wanted there, which resulted to the cast and crew heading north to Glasgow.
In London, we landed a helicopter on a street right outside St Paul’s, we shot outside the Leaden hall building, but what you tend not to get a lot of is actual street to do a chase sequence – and that’s where Scotland came to the rescue,” he says.
He also added, “A lot of what drags movies like The Avengers down is the plot, and Fast & Furious isn’t trying to compete with those heavy, convoluted story lines. This is just cars smashing into each other and it’s okay to enjoy that.”
Fast and Furious: Hobbs and Shaw will be out in cinemas on August 2, 2019.
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18 February, 2019