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Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham ‘Fast & Furious’ Spin-Off Set for 2019

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A day after pushing “Fast & Furious 9” to April 2020, Universal is placing a spin-off film starring Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham on their slate, with the release date set for July 26, 2019.

Chris Morgan, who has written the scripts for every “F&F” film since “Tokyo Drift” in 2006, will pen the script for this spin-off, which will see Diplomatic Security Service agent Luke Hobbs (Johnson) and redeemed “F&F” villain Deckard Shaw (Statham) go off on their own adventure. The film has yet to be titled.

In April, TheWrap reported that a short tag had been filmed for the series’ latest installment, “The Fate of the Furious,” in which Hobbs and Shaw, who had developed a rapport over the course of the film’s plot, considered going off on their own adventures away from Dominic Toretto’s team. One source said the scene was made to tease a potential spin-off, but when Vin Diesel discovered the scene had been shot without his knowledge, he ordered it to be cut from the film.

Another source told TheWrap that the scene had been shot for bonus content on the film’s home release, and that while studio execs approved the scene, they chose not to include it in the theatrical release because it would “would make for a better opportunity somewhere else.”

Yesterday, Universal moved “Fast & Furious 9” to a release date on April 10, 2020. The studio had previously placed DreamWorks’ “Trolls 2” in that slot, and bumped the animated film to a February 14, 2020 release.

“The Fate of the Furious” grossed $1.2 billion worldwide, bringing the franchise’s all-time box office total to $5.1 billion since the first film’s release in 2001.

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Zachary Levi Is ‘Shazam!’ In Official Teaser Trailer

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Not content with seeing Jason Momoa’s ‘Aquaman’ steal all of the DC glory at Comic-Con this weekend. Zachary Levi is taking a much lighter approach to this often brooding universe with ‘Shazam!’, working like a charm in the fun-filled teaser trailer released by Warner Bros.

Directed by David F. Sandberg, the initial footage focuses on foster kid Billy Batson (Asher Angel), who is chosen to channel superpowers through an ancient wizard, ultimately turning into the titular character with the childish sensibilities intact. Super strength? Flying? He seems more concerned on how he’s meant to pee in his red suit. Yet he’s soon having to use his abilities for good, when faced with Mark Strong’s big bad Dr. Thaddeus Sivana.

‘Shazam!’ swoops into UK cinemas in April 2019.

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Fantastical Debut Trailer For ‘Aquaman’ Welcomes You To Atlantis

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Still reeling from the critical reception which greeted ‘Justice League’ last year. Director James Wan and leading man Jason Momoa are tasked with keeping Warner Bros’ DCEU above water this December with ‘Aquaman’ and after seeing the action-packed first footage straight from Comic-Con, they seem up for the challenge.

Billed as the origin story of the half-human half -Atlantean. We catch glimpses of Arthur Curry’s (Momoa) family unit, most notably Nicole Kidman’s Queen Atlanna and his feisty red-haired ally Mera (Amber Heard), merely teasing his potential king status as he clashes with half-brother Orm (Patrick Wilson), allowing Wan to dial up the underwater spectacle and throw in a goat for good measure.

We’re positively drowning in excitement already. Here’s the trailer…

 

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First ‘Godzilla: King Of The Monsters’ Trailer Is An Atomic Blast

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Well. If you thought there wasn’t enough monster mayhem in Gareth Edwards’ 2014 effort.

Michael Dougherty’s (Krampus) 2018 film seems awfully keen to amend this with the epic debut trailer for ‘Godzilla: King Of The Monsters’, pitting the iconic creature against some of his greatest adversaries. Expect stunning money shots of Mothra, Rodan and a certain three-headed titan by the name King Ghidorah, whilst the human heroics are left to the Russell family consisting of Millie Bobby Brown, Vera Farmiga and Kyle Chandler.

The film roars into cinemas next May.

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