It’s a good day to be a bad guy.
Idris Elba is currently shooting the Fast and Furious spin-off Hobbs and Shaw, where he is playing the film’s villain, named “Brixton”. Hobbs himself, Dwayne Johnson, took to his Instagram to show a photo of Elba in character on the set of the film. Jason Statham co-stars as Shaw, his role from the past two Fast films and the film is being directed by David Leitch.
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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 😈 #BRIXTON #TheConsequenceAgent #HellRaiser HOBBS & SHAW SUMMER 2019 📸 @hhgarcia41
Elba will go from playing one villain to another as he has been cast in the big-screen adaptation of the hit Andrew Lloyd Webber show Cats, which goes into production at the end of the year. Elba will play the “Napoleon of Crime”, Macavity. And since the film is a musical, expect Elba to showcase some vocal talent when he is part of the track “Macavity Fight”.
Elba joins the already cast Jennifer Hudson as Grizabella, Sir Ian McKellen as Gus the Theater Cat, Mette Towley as Jemima, and James Corden, Laurie Davidson, and Taylor Swift.
Hobbs and Shaw is due for release on August 2, 2019 and Cats is due for release on December 20, 2019.
H/T: Dwayne Johnson Instagram; The Hollywood Reporter