Everything We Know About Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw

Jason Statham and Dwayne Johnson star in Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019).
Jason Statham and Dwayne Johnson star in Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019).
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Federal agent Luke Hobbs (Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson) and former British Special Forces assassin-turned-mercenary Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham)—two men who are opposites in every way—are forced to form an unlikely partnership and team up against Brixton Lore (Idris Elba) a genetically-enhanced terrorist who threatens the fate of humanity.

Directed by: David Leitch
Written by: Chris Morgan
Starring: Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Jason Statham, Vanessa Kirby, Eiza González, Idris Elba, and Helen Mirren

Movie Facts

  • Neither Hobbs nor Shaw will appear in Justin Lin's Fast & Furious 9, which is currently filming and set for a 2020 release. Dwayne Johnson, who has appeared in every Fast & Furious movie since 2012's Fast Five, said that neither he nor Jason Statham will appear in the franchises's next installment—though there’s still hope that they could appear in Fast 10, is scheduled to premiere in 2021.
  • The Fast & Furious franchise didn't start out with that title: originally, 2001's The Fast and the Furious was known as Redline. The rights to The Fast and the Furious belonged to director Roger Corman, who released a film with that title in 1955. In order to use the title for their new franchise, Universal ended up giving Corman rights to rolls of Universal stock footage in exchange for the rights to his movie title.
  • The Fast & Furious franchise began with "Racer X," a VIBE magazine article written by Kenneth Li about the New York racing scene. Director Robert Cohen was inspired by the article as well as a Los Angeles car race he had watched and pitched the idea Universal Studios. He was then able to convince Universal to make this film and they bought the rights to the film from Li.
  • The MPAA took issue with one particularly gory scene in Hobbs and Shaw, which saw Johnson's character bite a villain's eyeball out, then spit it on the ground.
  • Fast and the Furious is currently the 7th highest-grossing movie franchise in Hollywood history.
  • It’s pretty rare when a spinoff turns into its own franchise ... or is it? "It's not an origin story, but we're starting a franchise," Hobbs and Shaw director David Leitch said in an interview. "So we want it to be a little bit more grounded, a little bit more character-centric.

Universal Pictures will release Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw in theaters on August 2, 2019.

Taika Waititi Hints That The Mandalorian's Baby Yoda Could Be Female

© LUCASFILM
© LUCASFILM

Various collaborators behind The Mandalorian have made it abundantly clear that while we're all obsessing over Baby Yoda, the show’s tiny breakout star, we really don’t know much about him. Including whether the character officially known as "The Child" is a "him" at all.

Entertainment Weekly reports that JoJo Rabbit director Taika Waititi, who directed The Mandalorian's season 1 finale, recently blew Baby Yoda fans's minds when he suggested that he could be a she. "I knew that people would be talking about Baby Yoda, but I also know Baby Yoda’s real name," Waititi said. "So if you’re gonna do me a favor, please stop calling him Baby Yoda. Or is it a her? No one knows!"

Both Waititi and series creator Jon Favreau have debunked the worldwide nickname of the miniature character. The two have corrected fans, explaining that The Child couldn't actually be a younger version of Yoda because the timelines don’t match up. The Disney+ show is set five years after the events of Return of the Jedi, which means Yoda is already 905 years old. The Child, however, is only about 50. Though clearly he (or she) is the same species as the iconic Jedi master, whose origin story has always been very secretive, none of this will do anything to dissuade us from calling the creature Baby Yoda.

Keep your eyes peeled for season 2 of The Mandalorian, which will debut in fall 2020, to (hopefully) find out more about Baby Yoda’s true identity—and gender.

[h/t Entertainment Weekly]

Bong Joon Ho’s Parasite Makes History With Its Best Picture Oscar Nomination

Ji-so Jung stars in Bong Joon Ho's Parasite (2019).
Ji-so Jung stars in Bong Joon Ho's Parasite (2019).
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Ever since Bong Joon Ho’s Parasite became the first Korean film to win the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival last May, critics have been whispering (or shouting) about its potential to take home the Best Picture Oscar, as well.

Now that goal is within reach: This morning, the gripping thriller secured a Best Picture Oscar nomination—a first for a South Korean film. Though none of the individual actors were nominated for their performances, Bong Joon Ho made the list for Best Director, and the film is also in the running for Best Foreign Language Film, Best Original Screenplay, Best Production Design, and Best Film Editing.

If Parasite wins Best Picture this year, it won’t just be the first South Korean film to do so—it’ll be the first foreign film to ever walk away with the award. Many thought Roma had a good chance of achieving that honor last year, but the Netflix-distributed Mexican drama ultimately lost to Green Book.

According to Variety, Parasite has grossed $25.4 million at the U.S. box office and an overall $132.3 million worldwide, and HBO is currently developing it as a miniseries.

The film, which is almost entirely in Korean, has helped many viewers overcome a characteristically American aversion to subtitles, something that Bong Joon Ho didn’t fail to mention in his Golden Globes acceptance speech after winning the Best Foreign Film award.

“Once you overcome the 1-inch-tall barrier of subtitles,” he said via his translator, “You will be used to so many more amazing films.”

This year’s Academy Awards air on ABC on Sunday, February 9.

[h/t Variety]

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