Watch Idris Elba's 2 Minute Hobbs & Shaw Origin Story

Hobbs & Shaw is noteworthy for a few reasons. It’s the first Fast and Furious spinoff film. It’s got A-list cameos galore. And, most importantly, it raised the bar for bad guys in the franchise by bringing science fiction into the mix.

Going out of the realm of possibility was the only way Hobbs & Shaw writer Chris Morgan and director David Leitch could conceive of a villain who could possibly defeat Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) and Shaw (Jason Statham) together. And when they cast Idris Elba, and the actor himself improvised the line that he’s the “Black Superman,” everything came together.


In the above video, exclusive to io9, you can learn about all that and more. (And click the link below for a deeper dive into the surprising decision to bring superhumans into a car franchise.) It’s part of the Hobbs & Shaw home release, which first comes to digital on October 15 followed by Blu-ray, 4K, and DVD November 5.


The disc not only has this lovely little snippet but a director commentary, an alternate opening, deleted scenes, and more. Here’s the full list from the press release:

  • JOHNSON & STATHAM: HOBBS & SHAW - Why this film duo works so well together on and off the set.
  • PROGRESS OF A FIGHT SCENE WITH DIRECTOR DAVID LEITCH - From script, to storyboard, to finally arriving on set and working with cast and crew, this piece will illustrate the progression of fight scenes from concept to execution.
  • PRACTICAL ACTION - Any film featuring Jason Statham or Dwayne Johnson is sure to be action packed and feature some over-the-top fight scenes. For the film, each fight sequence was carefully choreographed and shot ahead of time for the actors to use in training and ultimately in shooting the scene.
  • THE BAD GUY - Fans can explore what makes the ultimate baddie, as well as Brixton’s backstory, casting Idris Elba, special effects for his cyber features and what makes him tick.
  • THE SISTER - This piece will highlight Vanessa Kirby as Hattie Shaw - she may be Deckard Shaw’s little sister, but don’t be fooled, she’s equally capable of kicking just as much ass as he does.
  • HOBBS’ FAMILY TREE - This character piece will highlight the extended family of the Hobbs heroes. From Hobbs’ daughter, mother and brothers, take a high-energy, behind-the-scenes look at their time on set.
  • THE MATRIARCH - With her brief appearance in HOBBS & SHAW, audiences are reminded of the matriarchal might of Helen Mirren as mother Shaw. This piece will feature Mirren in her return to the role.
  • NEW FRIENDS - Featuring hilarious moments with the cameos featured in the film, this piece will showcase some of the best moments from their days on set.
  • ELEVATOR ACTION - The elevator scene in the trailer – yes, you know the one. This is just one of the crazy stunts in the film – now fans can see how it was done.
  • STUNT SHOW AND TELL - Along with film clips and stunt vis, this firsthand look at some of the key sequences in the film will peel back the layers of the stunt process.
  • KEEPING IT IN THE FAMILY: A CONVERSATION WITH ROMAN AND DWAYNE - In this intimate conversation, Roman Reigns and Dwayne Johnson discuss their personal relationship, coming from a long lineage of wrestlers, and what it’s like to be working side by side on a project so close to Johnson’s heart.
  • BLIND FURY - Dwayne reveals the inspiration behind one of the film’s key scenes – his grandfather!
  • DWAYNE AND HOBBS: LOVE AT FIRST BITE - We know how important family is to Dwayne Johnson, and his French Bulldog Hobbs is no exception. In this fun piece, fans can learn more about Dwayne and man’s best friend.

Again, Hobbs & Shaw hits digital on October 15 followed by Blu-ray, 4K, and DVD November 5.

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Angrier Geek

Hell, if we’re gonna do it LET’S JUST FUCKING DO IT!!!

Oh, calling it now: The Shaws. Another spinoff film with the entire family of Deckard Shaw which is Jason Statham, Vanessa Kirby, Luke Evans, Helen Mirren and the never-before-seen patriarch played by Jeremy Irons or Bill Nighy or someone like that.