Jason Statham and Dwayne Johnson

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"Hobbs and Shaw" -- the "Fast and Furious" spinoff following Luke Hobbs (Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson) and Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) -- just got a thousand times more interesting.

According to Variety, Idris Elba is in final negotiations to play the villain, with Hobbs and Shaw teaming up to go against Elba's character.



Also, "The Crown" breakout Vanessa Kirby (Princess Margaret) is in final negotiations to play an MI-5 agent who is also Shaw’s sister.



Production is said to start this fall, with "Deadpool 2" director David Leitch as director.

"Hobbs and Shaw" is currently scheduled for release in theaters on July 26, 2019.

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