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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

It’s been nearly two decades since we all started living a quarter of a mile at a time, and in the years since then, the Fast and Furious franchise has gone through some immense changes. In addition to morphing from a street-racing franchise about criminals stealing DVD players to a franchise about a bunch of super-specialized agents, we’ve also seen two fan favorite characters emerge: Luke Hobbs and Deckard Shaw.

With Dwayne Johnsons and Jason Statham playing these respective characters, it’s no wonder that Universal was open to seeing the two of them lead their own spin-off. The appropriately-named Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw is set to hit theaters later this year, but before it can even do that, they have to make the darn thing. Now, Dwayne Johnson has revealed that they’re one step closer to getting that done:

“Last men standing.

HOBBS & SHAW is officially wrapped.

Easily the most challenging film I’ve ever produced and starred in, however based on the fans’ insanely hyped “break the internet” reactions to our first trailer — this film is also shaping up to be my most rewarding.

A HUGE bald and brotherly MAHALO to the man who trusted me and our chemistry and “pushed all his chips in” to make something bad ass and fun for the fans.
My uso @jasonstatham.

He’s one legit talented and tough bastard and the pure joy I got from making him laugh so fucking hard during the our takes he couldn’t even talk, I will always remember with evil 😈 glee.

Finally, one of the best heli pilots in the world @fred_north demonstrating here our extreme commitment we all had to deliver the goods to our worldwide audience. “

But that wasn’t all Johnson posted. He followed this up with a video post where it shows him giving a speech to the crew of the film:

HOBBS & SHAW – ✌🏾out.

My gratitude runs deep in sayin’ this goodbye.

To EVERYONE who committed their talents and time to making our movie as great as it can be and for putting their trust in me to help drive this passion project forward – THANK YOU.

This production will always be more than a movie to me.

It’s represents a soul, a DNA, a toughness, a perseverance and a CULTURE.
I love you all and a big fa’afetai tele lava again for trusting me on this one.
Audience always comes first… and they’re gonna have a fucking blast! 😈👊🏾”

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Last men standing. HOBBS & SHAW is officially wrapped. Easily the most challenging film I’ve ever produced and starred in, however based on the fans’ insanely hyped “break the internet” reactions to our first trailer — this film is also shaping up to be my most rewarding. A HUGE bald and brotherly MAHALO to the man who trusted me and our chemistry and “pushed all his chips in” to make something bad ass and fun for the fans. My uso @jasonstatham. He’s one legit talented and tough bastard and the pure joy I got from making him laugh so fucking hard during the our takes he couldn’t even talk, I will always remember with evil 😈 glee. Finally, one of the best heli pilots in the world @fred_north demonstrating here our extreme commitment we all had to deliver the goods to our worldwide audience. #ThatsAWrap #LastMenStanding #AllChipsIn #HOBBSANDSHAW AUGUST 2nd @sevenbucksprod

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As you can see above, in the speech, he not only declares the importance of expanding the franchise, but he also highlights sharing the culture of the island where they shot.

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SOURCE: Dwayne Johnson

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.