Last week we were given our first official image from the upcoming Hobbs and Shaw, in which the titular pair exchanged some tense stares. It was a nice start to the promotion of the upcoming Fast and Furious spinoff, but as Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson himself says, heroes are only as great as their greatest villains, which brings us to this new photo of Idris Elba as the pair’s next antagonist.
The pic comes to us via Johnson’s Instagram, and features the man everyone wanted to be the next James Bond pointing his gun at some unseen opponent while backed by three armed and helmeted associates. In background, you can also see a person lying on the floor, possibly killed, and there’s a good chance that Elba and his peers had something to do with it.
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Johnson captioned the upload with the following character description:
“I learned a long time ago (when I was a very sinful eyebrow raising villainous man in the crazy world of pro wrestling;) that heroes are only as great as their greatest villains.
A pleasure to introduce the man himself @idriselba we brought in to our Fast & Furious franchise to wreak havoc, hell and mayhem on our heroes HOBBS & SHAW.
The name: BRIXTON.
The record: UNDEFEATED.
The promise: SHOWDOWN OF ALL SHOWDOWNS.
So cool having my brother @idriselba come and play in our sandbox. This one’s been years in the making!!
As I always say, we either gonna get along or we gonna get it on… and fuck getting along 😈
HOBBS & SHAW SUMMER 2019”
Johnson, of course, will be playing the Luke Hobbs of the film’s title opposite Jason Statham as Deckard Shaw. On directing duties is Deadpool 2 and Atomic Blonde helmsman David Leitch, who was seen last month in a set photo alongside Statham and a very expensive-looking car. This is still a Fast and Furious film, after all.
Though the two leads of Hobbs and Shaw have a rocky history together, the arrival of this Brixton character could be enough to unite them in their first standalone effort, but don’t be surprised if old grudges still come to the surface when the pic hits theaters on August 2nd, 2019.