Deadpool 2 director David Leitch is in talks to direct the Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham-led Fast and Furious spinoff.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the director — the front runner for the gig — is in early talks to join the Fast and Furious family for its first spinoff film. Should talks take, this would mark yet another action-filled title for Leitch’s resume; in addition to Deadpool 2, which recently released its first full trailer, Leitch has also directed Atomic Blonde and John Wick alongside Chad Stahelski.
Details surrounding Universal’s first Fast and Furious spinoff are still rather sparse at the time, although it’s confirmed to star both Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham, who will reprise their roles as Luke Hobbs and Deckard Shaw respectively. With the franchise having brought in over $5.1 billion at the box office since The Fast and the Furious first premiered back in 2001, Universal has suggested that this could mark the first of many spinoffs to come, though it’s unknown which characters potential future spinoffs may focus on.
The as-yet untitled Fast and Furious spinoff will star Johnson and Statham and is expected to hit theaters on July 26, 2019. The script was written by franchise writer Chris Morgan, who has been involved with the series since the beginning.
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