The Rock Announces Idris Elba Will Play the Villain in ‘Fast and Furious’ Spinoff

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Dwayne Johnson and Idris Elba
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Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is welcoming a new castmate -- Idris Elba!  

Johnson took to Twitter on Thursday to confirm the news that Elba, 45, will be starring as a “baaaaaad man” in Hobbs and Shaw, an upcoming The Fast and the Furious spin-off movie.

“He’s a baaaaaad man. Welcoming my dude @idriselba with tattooed and open arms to our #HobbsAndShaw Fast & Furious spin-off movie,” the 46-year-old tweeted. “Every hero is only as good as their villain. Cue the music... let’s dance.”

Johnson continued to celebrate in a second tweet.

“I promised we were going to make this Fast & Furious spin off awesome and grow our franchise properly,” he wrote. “He’s a bad man (legit bad ass). I better toughen up 👀😉 #HobbsAndShaw.”

Jason Statham is set to star in the film as well, with Deadpool 2’s David Leitch directing. 

Though the spin-off is certainly exciting news, it hasn’t come to fruition without some major drama. Last October Tyrese Gibson slammed Johnson for supposedly delaying the release of Fast 9 and, instead, pushing up Hobbs and Shaw’s premiere date.

"You still promoting a movie that no one wants to see made you clown," Gibson wrote in one tweet.

Gibson ended his Twitter rant by writing: "He's on twitter and won't hit my cell @TheRock this is the people's champ? #ShawHobbsEpicFailure you came here to break up the fast family.”

Here’s more on the Fast and Furious drama:

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