A few weeks ago, Fast and Furious 8 star Dwayne Johnson released a new photo from the set that reveals his character Hobbs will be spending some time in prison. The actor was seen wearing an orange prison jumpsuit and shackles, but we didn’t get any details about why Hobbs was being put behind bars. Regardless of his crime, we learned over the weekend that Hobbs will be breaking out, thanks to new videos and photos courtesy of Dwayne Johnson.
Fans first met Dwayne Johnson‘s Luke Hobbs in Fast Five, an agent with the Diplomatic Security Service (DSS), who tracks down Dom (Vin Diesel) and his crew. In Fast & Furious 6, he sought out Dom’s help in bringing down Owen Shaw (Luke Evans) and he returned in last year’s blockbuster Furious 7. While we don’t know exactly why Hobbs is thrown behind bars in Fast 8, it’s possible that this could be due to his continued involvement with Dom and his crew. In a new Instagram post this weekend, Dwayne Johnson revealed that Hobbs will be breaking out of prison. Here’s what he had to say in his Instagram caption, revealing details of a conversation he had with franchise screenwriter Chris Morgan.
“When our Fast & Furious writer Chris Morgan said to me months ago, ‘How insane would it be if in Fast 8, Hobbs was sentenced to the most hard core maximum security prison in the world!?’ To which I responded, ‘How even more insane and FUN FOR THE FANS would it be if Hobbs said f–k this, I’m gettin’ out… try and stop me.’ Our goal here was to give you – the fans – a ‘holy s–t’ iconic prison breakout. For days our intensity was thru the roof. As it should be. And that big round iron thing on the back of Hobbs’ arm is commonly referred to from scientist as his tricep.ߘ #Fast8 #HobbsStyle #TheIcemanCometh #AndHeDontFuckethAround #LetTheBodiesHitTheFloor”
Along with the first photo featuring Hobbs squaring off with some prison guards, the actor also shared another of the prison riot that ensues, along with two brief videos from the set, one where he throws a grenade back just before it explodes, and another where he’s joking around with a crew member named Cliff. The story will primarily take place in New York, with production set for the Big Apple, Atlanta and Russia. The crew has already shot in Cuba and Iceland. It is believed that the Cuba scenes will introduce fans to Dominic Torreto‘s Cuban family. It isn’t known how long principal photography is scheduled to last on Fast & Furious 8, but we know this will be the first installment of the franchise’s final trilogy. Universal has already set an April 19, 2019 release date for Fast & Furious 9, and the franchise closes out with Fast & Furious 10 on April 2, 2021.
Straight Outta Compton director F. Gary Gray directs Furious 8, working from a script by Chris Morgan. The writer is responsible for penning every movie in the series, except for the first two, 2001’s The Fast and the Furious and 2003’s 2 Fast 2 Furious. Universal has already set an April 14, 2017 release date for Fast 8, and it currently has that date all to itself. But it will be hitting theaters one week after Warner Bros.’ Going In Style remake and Sony’s Smurfs: The Lost Village. We also have two more Instagram videos that features Vin Diesel’s “ice Charger.” Check out these photos and videos from the Fast & Furious 8 set, and stay tuned for more updates, but be warned that the first video does contain some R-rated language, so watch at your own risk.