Johnson took to Instagram to highlight the close of production, describing it as “the most challenging film” he’s ever made.
“HOBBS & SHAW is officially wrapped,” Johnson posted (below). “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.”
That fun trailer, by the way, can be seen right HERE.
Johnson also gave a shout to his fellow bald badass, co-star Statham. “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 posted.
“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. ”
Johnson also posted a video from set, addressing the crew while standing alongside the film’s director, David Leitch (John Wick, Atomic Blonde, Deadpool 2), and touching on the film’s inclusion of Samoan culture. “This production will always be more than a movie to me,” he posted alongside the video. “It’s represents a soul, a DNA, a toughness, a perseverance and a CULTURE.”
The spinoff actioner, which is officially titled Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, will be picking up two years after The Fate of the Furious and will see Luke Hobbs (Johnson) teaming up with Decked Shaw (Statham) to take down a cyber-genetically enhanced anarchist named Brixton (Idris Elba).
Also starring Vanessa Kirby, Eiza González and Eddie Marsan, Hobbs & Shaw hits Australian cinemas on August 1st and US cinemas on August 2nd.