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Idris Elba to play villain in Fast & Furious spin-off Hobbs and Shaw

Idris Elba as Luther

Story by Jack Foley

IDRIS Elba has been cast as the villain in Fast & Furious spin-off Hobbs and Shaw.

Character details have yet to be released concerning Elba’s role but he is the latest addition to the film, following news of Vanessa Kirby’s casting earlier this week.

Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham will co-headline the feature, reprising their Fast & Furious characters Luke Hobbs, the Diplomatic Security Service agent, and Deckard Shaw, one of the franchise’s primary bad guys.

Deadpool 2 director David Leitch set to direct from a script by Fast franchise veteran Chris Morgan.

Elba, who was last seen on the big screen in Avengers: Infinity War, will next lead the fifth season of his hit detective series Luther for the BBC. He is also currently in production on the Netflix comedy series Turn Up Charlie, which he created and will star in, and has his directorial debut Yardie due for release in British cinemas soon.

Universal is set to release Hobbs and Shaw on July 26, 2019.