Fasten your seatbelts, Fast and Furious fans, because spin off Hobbs and Shaw is coming to Glasgow this week.
Not only is a film crew coming to Glasgow to record part of the movie, but accompanying them is none other that Hollywood actor Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson.
HOBBS AND SHAW
The film, features The Rock and Jason Statham as the title characters – Luke Hobbs and Deckard Shaw respectively – an agent and a bad guy teaming up to fight an international terrorist and criminal mastermind (played by Idris Elba – as if this film couldn’t get any better).
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I learned a long time ago (when I was a very sinful eyebrow raising villainous man in the crazy world of pro wrestling;) that heroes are only as great as their greatest villains. A pleasure to introduce the man himself @idriselba we brought in to our Fast & Furious franchise to wreak havoc, hell and mayhem on our heroes HOBBS & SHAW. The name: BRIXTON. The record: UNDEFEATED. The promise: SHOWDOWN OF ALL SHOWDOWNS. So cool having my brother @idriselba come and play in our sandbox. This one’s been years in the making!! As I always say, we either gonna get along or we gonna get it on… and fuck getting along 😈 #BRIXTON #TheConsequenceAgent #HellRaiser HOBBS & SHAW SUMMER 2019 📸 @hhgarcia41
The lead characters, who have featured in different Fast and Furious films previously, have become fan favourites, and are an unlikely pair to say the least.
Filming is due to begin tomorrow (23 October), with road closures being announced for the full week of filming. It is rumoured that George Square will be the location of a car chase and shoot out.
Rumour has it, filming will bring almost 200 crew members, including stunt people, camera crew, technicians, publicists and actors. And Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson. Filming is estimated to have brought £300 million to the Glasgow economy.
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DAY 1 and the evolution has officially begun. Long awaited Fast & Furious spin-off movie, #HobbsAndShaw is electric. My partner in heavy crime & fun @jasonstatham is lookin’ like $1million bucks and holdin’ it all down. Our visionary & bad ass director @davidmleitch (just directed Deadpool2) at the helm and ready to evolve the franchise in exciting and fresh new ways. And as always, our @sevenbucksprod president @hhgarcia41 capturing the dopest images thru his 📷 lens. Keep crushing on that set boys… the man known as “HOBBS” will touch down in London in two weeks. Pancakes, tequila and ass kickin’s 🥞🥃 on me. #Day1 #TheEvolution #HobbsAndShaw
But this isn’t the first time Glasgow has been used for filming: Brad Pitt filmed World War Z at George Square in 2011, and Halle Berry visited the same year, filming Cloud Atlas. Only last year, Benedict Cumberbatch filmed latest TV hit Patrick Melrose, too.
The film is set to be one of the biggest box office hits of 2019, with a preliminary release date of 2 August.
So if you want to catch some of the action, head down to George Square this week, and you never know – you may be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of The Rock yourself.