The “Fast & Furious” franchise continues this summer with a new spinoff adventure.
“Hobbs & Shaw” is out August 2, and stars Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, and Idris Elba are on the cover of Entertainment Weekly talking all about the action-packed new film.
Explaining why he wanted to do the spinoff, Johnson says, “The other movies were great, and I loved creating the character of Hobbs. Eventually, for me personally, I needed more juice. I needed to sink my teeth into something that allowed the character to grow and expand and showcase more layers.”
Statham, meanwhile, had to bring back his villainous “Fast & Furious” character and turn him into a hero for the film.
“I think Shaw was sort of misunderstood when he first came on to the screen in the early ‘Fast & Furious’es, and as we start to unravel what he’s all about, we come to understand that he really isn’t a villain,” Statham says. “But you don’t need to get on the wrong side of him. He’s very resourceful, and he’s quite an intense character.”
Meanwhile, taking over the role of villain for “Hobbs & Shaw” is Elba, a newcomer to the franchise.
“I’ve been a fan of the ‘Fast & Furious’ franchise, as is everyone,” the actor says. “It’s sort of the ultimate escapism. And I love cars. I’m a bit of a motorhead. And then, of course, I get to play this really complex bad guy.”
As for how he approached the superhuman villain, Elba says, “You kind of almost want to like him, but he’s on the wrong side of the law all the time. For me, the most complex [character] to play is someone that’s hideous and violent but has qualities that make you go, ‘Oh! He could be a nice guy if only he wouldn’t shoot so many people!’”