Omega Underground is reporting that filming of Hobbs and Shaw is set to begin in September, with Deadpool 2 and Atomic Blonde director David Leitch set to direct. The timing makes sense with Johnson set to wrap up his role in Disney’s Jungle Cruise in August. The Rock previously defended the spinoff film, which garnered criticism due to its timing from fellow Furious actors. Johnson expressed his goal was to help the franchise grow by creating a fun character for the fans to enjoy.
Johnson’s latest vehicle, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle has already earned more than $900 million worldwide, with a sequel in the works. Johnson has become a bit of box office gold, ranking second on Forbes list of top-grossing actors in 2017, making it a no brainer to capitalize on his popularity with the Hobbs and Shaw spinoff. Johnson is also a savvy business man who knows how to consistently build his own brand.
Not a lot is known about the plot behind Hobbs and Shaw, other than Johnson and Statham still have undeniable chemistry. Maybe we’ll see more physical action than that of the car chase variety in this movie, something that seems to be a bit more of both Johnson and Statham’s strong point. It’s also been rumored that Charlize Theron may reprise her role as Cipher in the spin-off, which wouldn’t come as a huge surprise given the fact that her Atomic Blonde director Leitch is calling the shots.