Dwayne Johnson confirms that 'Hobbs & Shaw 2' is happening

Ben Arnold
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Hobbs & Shaw (Credit: Universal)

Luke Hobbs and Deckard Shaw will be back with another ‘buddy’ action movie, Dwayne Johnson has confirmed.

Johnson firmed up the sequel plans during a lockdown Q&A with fans via his Instagram page.

Asked whether the squabbling pair will be riding again, he said: “We are developing now the next film, the next [Hobbs & Shaw] movie, and I’m pretty excited about it.

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“Just gotta figure out the creative right now, and the direction we’re going to go.”

A sequel to the Fast & Furious spin-off, featuring Johnson's special agent and Jason Statham's cockney mercenary hurled together in odd couple style, was perhaps foregone.

Helmed by John Wick creator David Leitch, and co-starring Idris Elba as a genetically enhanced cyber-criminal, it did very respectably at the box office.

While it didn't quite earn the billions of the F&F franchise, it made $760 million worldwide, despite some middling reviews.

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It follows news that the forthcoming Fast & Furious 9, the penultimate movie in the ongoing muscle car saga, has had its release date bumped due to the continuing coronavirus lockdown.

The movie will find Vin Diesel’s Dom Toretto facing off with his deadliest enemy yet - his own wayward brother Jakob (John Cena), a master thief and assassin.

And high-performance car driver. Obviously.

Originally slated for a 2020 bow, it'll now hit cinemas on 2 April, 2021.