By now, I think we’ve all become accustomed to the overall tone of Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, which boils down to, “What if the Fast & Furious franchise was somehow more jacked and more ridiculous?” The main event of the movie will obviously be the bro-down chemistry between Dwayne Johnson‘s Luke Hobbs and Jason Statham‘s Deckard Shaw. But there’s a lot of hype to spare for Idris Elba‘s villain, as evidenced by a recently released image that shows not only is Elba playing a “cyber-genetically enhanced anarchist”, but at one point he will be holding just the most unnecessarily large flamethrower you’ve ever seen in your life.
And that’s it. That’s the whole image. Seems kind of silly now for Universal to have released any other marketing material other than this photo of Idris Elba holding an almost comically large flamethrower, but I’m happy we arrived at this inevitable moment all the same.
Check out the image below. Hobbs & Shaw—which also stars Vanessa Kirby as Hattie Shaw—hits theaters on August 2.
Here is the official synopsis for Hobbs & Shaw:
After eight films that have amassed almost $5 billion worldwide, the Fast & Furious franchise now features its first stand-alone vehicle as Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham reprise their roles as Luke Hobbs and Deckard Shaw in Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw.
Ever since hulking lawman Hobbs (Johnson), a loyal agent of America’s Diplomatic Security Service, and lawless outcast Shaw (Statham), a former British military elite operative, first faced off in 2015’s Furious 7, the duo have swapped smack talk and body blows as they’ve tried to take each other down.
But when cyber-genetically enhanced anarchist Brixton (Idris Elba) gains control of an insidious bio-threat that could alter humanity forever — and bests a brilliant and fearless rogue MI6 agent (The Crown‘s Vanessa Kirby), who just happens to be Shaw’s sister — these two sworn enemies will have to partner up to bring down the only guy who might be badder than themselves.
Hobbs & Shaw blasts open a new door in the Fast universe as it hurtles action across the globe, from Los Angeles to London and from the toxic wasteland of Chernobyl to the lush beauty of Samoa.
Directed by David Leitch (Deadpool 2) from a script by longtime Fast & Furious narrative architect Chris Morgan, the film is produced by Morgan, Johnson, Statham and Hiram Garcia. The executive producers are Kelly McCormick, Dany Garcia, Steven Chasman, Ethan Smith and Ainsley Davies.