The Fast and the Furious spinoff Hobbs & Shaw and the Star Wars Disney Plus streaming series The Mandalorian have both wrapped filming. Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham head up the cast of Hobbs & Shaw, which takes the title characters away from the main Fast and the Furious franchise for their own wild adventure. Fans got their first taste of the movie's over-the-top action when the first trailer dropped during the Super Bowl.
Not be outdone, the Star Wars universe is expanding too, as Disney prepares to launch their own streaming service. Headlining the new Disney Plus is The Mandalorian, a series focusing on a warrior from the same race as the iconic bounty hunter Boba Fett. Set after the fall of the Empire but before the rise of the First Order, the series’ story reportedly involves the titular Mandalorian (Pedro Pascal) finding a child on one of his missions and taking the young one under his wing.
Both Hobbs & Shaw and The Mandalorian are highly-anticipated projects to be sure, and both are now one step closer to arriving on screens. As reported by Superhero News, The Mandalorian has wrapped filming on its first season according to crew members who apparently jumped the gun by posting on social media (the posts have already begun disappearing). In addition, Dwayne Johnson has revealed on Instagram that his Vin Diesel-less Fast and the Furious spinoff has now wrapped filming too. Johnson seems relieved to be done with shooting on the film, as he called it “the most challenging” he’s ever starred in. See below Johnson’s photo and video posts commemorating the shoot's end:
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Last men standing. HOBBS & SHAW is officially wrapped. Easily the most challenging film I’ve ever produced and starred in, however based on the fans’ insanely hyped “break the internet” reactions to our first trailer — this film is also shaping up to be my most rewarding. A HUGE bald and brotherly MAHALO to the man who trusted me and our chemistry and “pushed all his chips in” to make something bad ass and fun for the fans. My uso @jasonstatham. He’s one legit talented and tough bastard and the pure joy I got from making him laugh so fucking hard during the our takes he couldn’t even talk, I will always remember with evil 😈 glee. Finally, one of the best heli pilots in the world @fred_north demonstrating here our extreme commitment we all had to deliver the goods to our worldwide audience. #ThatsAWrap #LastMenStanding #AllChipsIn #HOBBSANDSHAW AUGUST 2nd @sevenbucksprod
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HOBBS & SHAW - ✌🏾out. My gratitude runs deep in sayin’ this goodbye. To EVERYONE who committed their talents and time to making our movie as great as it can be and for putting their trust in me to help drive this passion project forward - THANK YOU. This production will always be more than a movie to me. It’s represents a soul, a DNA, a toughness, a perseverance and a CULTURE. I love you all and a big fa’afetai tele lava again for trusting me on this one. Audience always comes first... and they’re gonna have a fucking blast! 😈👊🏾 #ThatsAWrap #HobbsAndShaw #Culture AUGUST 2ND WORLDWIDE @sevenbucksprod
As revealed in the film's first trailer, Hobbs & Shaw carries on the action tradition of Fast and the Furious, and even ups the ante by introducing a super-soldier character played by Idris Elba. The star power in Hobbs & Shaw is already pretty high, but it was almost even higher, as Jason Momoa was at one time sought to join Johnson, Elba and Jason Statham in the cast (but unfortunately had to turn down the role due to scheduling issues). Given the massive worldwide popularity of the Fast and the Furious movies, which have grossed a staggering $5.1 billion worldwide, it's a pretty safe bet that Hobbs & Shaw will also do well at the box office.
As for The Mandalorian, though the series is a spinoff of Star Wars that features many elements familiar to fans, including several returning characters from the original trilogy, the project is arguably somewhat more of a gamble for Disney than Hobbs & Shaw is for Universal. Disney is hoping for a big launch when Disney Plus arrives later in 2019, and The Mandalorian is a big part of their push to appeal to fans with new content connected to their biggest pre-existing franchise. A lot is riding on showrunner Jon Favreau's first live-action Star Wars streaming spinoff series, and its success or failure could conceivably affect Disney's plans for more live-action Star Wars streaming content going forward.
- Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) release date: Aug 02, 2019
- Fast & Furious 9 (2020) release date: May 22, 2020
- Star Wars 9 / Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) release date: Dec 20, 2019