Idris Elba will play the villain in The Fast and the Furious spinoff titled Hobbs and Shaw, The Hollywood Reporter said. The movie will be directed by David Leitch (Deadpool 2) and will be released on July 26, 2019.
“Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham will star in the feature, playing their Fast characters Luke Hobbs, the Diplomatic Security Service agent, and Deckard Shaw, one of the franchise’s primary bad guys,” The Hollywood Reporter said.
Elba has also been signed on to return in the lead role of the fifth season of Luther. He is writing and starring in the Netflix comedy series Turn Up Charlie.
The Fast and the Furious franchise, revolving around illegal street racing and heists and headlined by Vin Diesel, was kicked off in 2010. Seven sequels have followed, with the most recent movie The Fate of the Furious released in 2017. Two more movies are planned for 2020 and 2021. The 2021 release will be the final in the series.