Fast and Furious Spinoff Casts Baby Driver’s Eiza González

Eiza González is the newest star of Universal’s Hobbs and Shaw, the first spinoff in the Fast & Furious franchise. Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham have made for memorable additions to the universe in recent installments, but now the rivals are going to help welcome more characters to the growing franchise.

The spinoff brings Johnson and Statham back in their respective roles of Luke Hobbs and Deckard Shaw after fans of the nitrous-infused franchise got a taste of their chemistry in The Fate of the Furious. For the purposes of the new film, they’ve put their differences and pasts behind them to work together in some fashion. Plot details on the spinoff are limited, but it is known that Idris Elba will be the film’s main villain. Director David Leitch (Deadpool 2) has been heading up the shoot for the last several weeks and his cast is now suddenly expanding.

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Variety reports Eiza González is joining the cast of Hobbs and Shaw, which the actress has already taken to social media to confirm. There are currently no details on González’s character, but the report notes that her inclusion is “last-minute” after execs at Universal were impressed by her. González joining Hobbs and Shaw is just the latest in a long line of new projects for the rising star after breaking out last year thanks to a role in Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver.

It is this busy schedule that González is now operating on that made Hobbs and Shaw a difficult project to join, as she is currently in the middle of filming Godzilla vs. Kong. Set photos from the Hawaii production previously revealed her filming scenes, so González’s availability had to be ironed out. Now that this has been squared away, Hobbs and Shaw will be added to her upcoming filmography, which also includes projects like Robert Zemeckis’ Welcome to Marwen at the end of this year, Alita: Battle Angel early next year, and Bloodshot in 2020.

With González now on board, and given the timing of her addition, this hopefully won’t be too small of a role for her in Hobbs and Shaw. She’ll be joining Mission: Impossible – Fallout’s breakout star Vanessa Kirby in the upcoming spinoff as two of the most prominent new additions to the cast, and considering the recent success of both actresses, it’d be great to see Kirby and González share some screen time in Hobbs and Shaw. Even though there aren’t any details regarding González’s role right now, Dwayne Johnson’s savviness on social media is well-documented. He’s shared the first look at just about every cast member so far, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise if he drops an image of González once she starts filming as well.

MORE: Hobbs & Shaw Photo Reveals Idris Elba’s Villain

Source: Variety, Eiza González

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