Things are getting loud now that Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham are joining forces in “Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw” (in theaters Aug. 2).
Anticipation for the “Furious” spinoff has been high ever since the two stars stole the show as sworn enemies in 2015’s “Furious 7” and the first trailer, released Friday, did not disappoint. It features all the explosions and action associated with the $5 billion franchise.
Johnson’s Luke Hobbs, a loyal agent of America’s Diplomatic Security Service, and charming criminal Deckard Shaw (Statham), naturally a rogue former British intelligence officer, dish copious trash talk and furious body blows.
But in their new outing, helmed by “Deadpool 2” director David Leitch, Hobbs and Shaw have to join forces to stop the one man in the universe who may be badder than either of them: cyber-genetically enhanced anarchist Brixton (Idris Elba).
“No way! This guy’s a real (expletive),” they say simultaneously, pointing their finger at the other, after being told they have to work together.”
When Shaw argues the hulking Hobbs lacks the finesse and stealth the job requires, he coolly retorts, “I’m trying to save the world – which, for the record will be my fourth time. Because I’m really good at it.”
Along for the ride: Shaw’s sister Hattie, played by “The Crown” alumna Vanessa Kirby.
And of course, a lot of vehicles and buildings bite the dust as a result of Hobbs and Shaw trying to one-up each other. In one standout scene, Shaw opts to take the elevator while Hobbs rappels down the side of a tower to chase after Brixton after he grabs Hattie and leaps from the top floor.
But the chemistry that made this duo so eminently watchable in “Furious” is what ultimately fuels the trailer.
“We’ve only really touched on what we can really get into. We have a good oil-and-water vibe going,” Statham told USA TODAY in August. “(But) by the time this movie is over, I’m going to make sure it’s called ‘Shaw & Hobbs.’ “