Exclusive: Henry Cavill In Talks For Hobbs & Shaw 2

Henry Cavill is looking to join Hobbs & Shaw 2, finally set to begin production in 2024.

By Nathan Kamal | Published

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Henry Cavill is in negotiations to join the long-in-the-works sequel to Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw along with original stars Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham. According to our trusted and proven sources, the former Witcher star is potentially being slotted into the Fast & Furious spinoff, which will begin production in 2024, though it is unclear whether he would be playing an enemy or ally of the titular frenemy duo. In some ways, it makes sense that Henry Cavill would be looking to join a new potential blockbuster series like Hobbs & Shaw, and in others, it is surprising.

Specifically, Henry Cavill joining Hobbs & Shaw 2 means that he would be teaming up with Dwayne Johnson, who he recently appeared in a mid-credits cameo with for Black Adam. Infamously, the much-ballyhooed scene was intended to set up a titanic battle between Cavill’s Superman and Johnson’s Teth-Adam in the Jumanji star’s vision for a new DC Universe centered around himself. However, the announcement of James Gunn and Peter Safran as the new heads of DC Studios ousted both stars, leaving behind the distinct impression that Johnson had disastrously attempted to leverage Cavill into more control of the franchise.

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If that is indeed the case, it does not seem to have left enough bad blood that Henry Cavill would not team up with Dwayne Johnson for Hobbs & Shaw 2. As it is, it seems that Cavill is spreading his net pretty wide to latch onto new franchises and production companies in the wake of leaving both his gigs as Superman and Geralt of Rivera (and it seems, Enola Holmes’s older brother). We recently reported that he is in the works to close a first-look deal with Amazon Studios to produce multiple video game adaptations and is already locked into a Warhammer 40,000 series.

The first Hobbs & Show movie was released in 2019 as something of a sideways tale in the Fast & Furious universe, taking place between the eighth and ninth movies. It followed Dwayne Johnson as CIA-enlisted agent Luke Hobbs teaming up with his former nemesis, mercenary Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham), to take down a cybernetically enhanced terrorist played by Idris Elba. The film was a largely successful part of ongoing attempts by Universal to expand the Fast & Furious franchise beyond the core group of Vin Diesel’s crew (or “family,” to coin a phrase), raking in $760 million at the box office.

Development on the sequel has stalled several times since then, perhaps due to the busy schedules of both Johnson and Statham. However, the potential inclusion of Henry Cavill seems to be the kind of spark necessary to get Hobbs & Shaw 2 back on track. In the past, the actor juiced up the long-running Mission: Impossible series with his instantly famous arm-reload move, and it seems very likely he could do the same for this franchise. 

Between his impending deal with Amazon and his upcoming spy thriller Argylle, it seems like Henry Cavill is going to be a pretty busy guy, but not too busy for Hobbs & Shaw.