Why wouldn't you do a Fast & Furious spinoff starring Dwayne Johnson, declared last year to be the highest-paid actor in the world? Universal is trying just that, and roping in Jason Statham and Charlize Theron as well.
"The idea is for Johnson’s U.S. diplomatic security agent Luke Hobbs to form an unlikely alliance with Statham’s Decker Shaw for a movie that conceivably could be made while they are figuring the next Fast film," Deadline writes. The script would come from Chris Morgan, who's written the series' last six movies and created the TV shows Gang Related and The Troop.
While Theron just made her debut in Fate of the Furious, Statham has been around since No. 6 came in 2013, and The Rock has been cruising with the franchise since Fast Five.
Variety's report says talks are "so preliminary that no script has been written and all three actors are far from committed to coming on board." It notes that spinoff talk has been churning since Johnson's character was an instant hit when he rolled up in 2011. "The Theron addition has only recently been considered by the studio given how well the villain went."
Last week, Fate of the Furious' global opening became the No. 1 of all-time with $532 million earned in a fell swoop, topping 2015's Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Fast 9 comes April 2019, and No. 10 is already dated for April 2021.
Watch Fate of the Furious star Tyrese tell Fuse about co-star Charlize Theron, "the most beautiful, vindictive, malicious, evil, motherfucker I've ever seen":