Fast and Furious Spinoff: Who Is the Bad Guy in ‘Hobbs and Shaw’?

The Fast and Furious franchise has been going strong since 2001. There are eight films total with a ninth and tenth on the horizon. The next up will be coming to theaters in 2020, but unfortunately, one of the franchise’s iconic stars won’t be making an appearance. Dwayne Johnson has been too busy shooting the first Fast & Furious spinoff, Hobbs & Shaw, with former costar Jason Statham.

The ‘Hobbs and Shaw’ trailer looks amazing

Luke Hobbs, played by Dwayne Johnson, is an “ice cold can of whoop-ass.” Deckard Shaw, played by Jason Statham, is a champagne or perhaps cham-pain problem. The career lawman and rogue former MI6 agent are pairing up to take on the ultimate baddie in the Fast and Furious spinoff.

Considering their history and Shaw’s penchant for running solo, it certainly won’t be smooth sailing. It will, however, make for comedy gold. Based on the action-packed trailer, fans can look forward to an all-out war between the unlikely pair and the best bad guy to grace the Fast and Furious franchise in ever.

So who’s the bad guy in ‘Hobbs and Shaw’?

Golden Globe winner Idris Elba is joining the Fast & Furious franchise as the infamous Brixton — a force to be reckoned with. He’s a villain engineered to be unstoppable. He has superhuman strength. He’s bulletproof. He IS “human evolutionary change.” Brixton is the ultimate bad guy; he even says as much in the trailer to agent Hattie (or hottie) Shaw, played by Vanessa Kirby.

The last time moviegoers saw Elba on the big screen was in Avengers: Infinity War as Heimdall. He was a true hero during his brief stint in the movie so it’ll be interesting to see him switching things up so soon.

This isn’t Idris Elba’s first notable role

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The 46-year-old actor has been a staple in Hollywood since the mid-90s, granted his true debut didn’t happen until 2007. He was cast as Monty in the film Daddy’s Little Girls, his first real movie role. Since then he’s taken on several unforgettable characters across both the big and small screen.

In The Wire, he played Stringer Bell, the right-hand man to infamous kingpin Avon Barksdale. His character was cool, calculated, and cutthroat. Elba truly created a captivating figure in his years on the show. One that The Wire fans will never forget. Then in 2009, he shook things up by playing Charles Miner in the fan favorite comedy, The Office. Considering Elba’s rare appearance in comedies, it showed just how versatile he really is as an actor.

He plays John Luther in the British crime drama, Luther. Luther is a Detective Special Investigator who’s amazing at catching the perp. The catch — he can’t leave work at work. While he’s been a mainstay on numerous television series he’s also made waves on the big screen. Elba has been cast in several Marvel films, two of which take the cake for his top grossing movies — Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Age of Ultron. 

The third top-grossing title was The Jungle Book remake where he brought the villainous Shere Khan to life with his incredible voice acting. Elba doesn’t even need to be on screen to make an impact!

Elba could have been the next James Bond

Elba has more than a 20+ year career and enviable acting chops in his corner. He was also voted People’s Sexiest Man Alive just last year. It’s not his first time getting such an honor either. He appeared in Essence magazine’s ‘Hot Hollywood Men’ issue back in 2004. With his undeniable good looks and incredible talent, it’s not surprising that rumors of him being the next James Bond were making their rounds.

Rumors were spreading for nearly a decade about Elba taking on the role of the iconic 007. Elba even went to social media to tease fans about him taking on the part. Despite the cheeky tweets, Elba told sources that he wouldn’t be taking the torch from former Bond star Daniel Craig. This was a major let down as he was the people’s choice for the role, netting a 63% approval rating from fans. 

While fans need to let Elba go as the Bond successor, at least they’ll get to see the Brit armored up as Brixton in Hobbs & Shaw