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Idris Elba may not be the next James Bond but judging by his performance in the official trailer, his ‘bad guy’ interpretation for the new Fast & Furious spin-off is set to keep fans at bay this year. Over the weekend, The Rock shared an in-depth look into the latest blockbuster to hit the big-screen later this year, and after months of rumours Hobbs & Shaw is finally here.

Stepping away from supernatural comics and long-running franchises, 2019 has received its next action plot – a welcomed addition to the Marvel-heavy line-up hitting cinemas this year.

According to the synopsis, a “…cyber-genetically enhanced anarchist Brixton (Idris Elba) gains control of an insidious bio-threat that could alter humanity forever — and bests a brilliant and fearless rogue MI6 agent (The Crown’s Vanessa Kirby), who just happens to be Shaw’s sister — these two sworn enemies will have to partner up to bring down the only guy who might be badder than themselves.” Breaking out as the first standalone film born from Fast & Furious, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson will return to his role as Luke Hobbs, with Jason Statham reprising Deckard Shaw.

Introducing Elba into the mix as the film’s villain, Brixton, he will also join WWE wrestler Roman Reigns set to play Hobbs’ brother as well as the likes of female stars Vanessa Kirby, Eiza Gonzalez and Helen Mirren.

Additionally, the new film is rumoured to mark the beginning of a new franchise. “It’s an origin story, in a sense,” director David Leitch told Collider. It’s not an origin story, but we’re starting a franchise, so we want it to be a little bit more grounded, a little bit more character-centric. We’re going to set up the stakes for these guys and their relationship, but we’re also going to have some great set pieces and some action that you’d expect.”

Directed by David Leitch (Deadpool 2) and written by Chris Morgan, Hobbs & Shaw will drop into theatres from August 2, 2019. In the meantime, tune into the official trailer below.

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