(Major spoiler alert: Do not read on if you haven’t seen “Hobbs & Shaw.”)
So, you’ve seen “Hobbs & Shaw” and you want to know all about how those epic cameos came about, as well as what those three post-credit scenes could mean for the future of the “Fast and Furious” franchise, well, we’ve got you covered.
STOP READING NOW if you haven’t seen “Hobbs & Shaw” — you’ve been warned.
TheWrap spoke to director David Leitch about — you guessed it — Ryan Reynolds’ part in the movie, as well as Kevin Hart’s appearance. Since Leitch directed “Deadpool 2” where Reynolds plays the antihero, the two had established a personal and professional relationship that Leitch wanted to continue with this project.
“The ‘Deadpool 2’ experience was amazing and we became good friends and I just appreciate him as an artist,” Leitch told TheWrap. “I had reached out to him and said, ‘Hey, I have this scene that has a lot of exposition and I think it would be a lot of fun if you were the guy that brought Hobbs and Shaw the mission and we could sort of pick the stuffiness out of this boring exposition’ and he was like, ‘I would love that. I’m in Europe, I can make it over on the weekend.'”
If you’ve seen the movie, you know Reynolds returns to the screen after the movie ends for a post-credits scene.
“When there came a need for something at the end of the movie to just give us an exposition about what happened to the virus, I pitched Ryan about coming back for the coda and he was like, ‘I’m in!'” Leitch explained. “He’s been super supportive, and I’m super grateful and humbled that he wanted to come and play. He brought the magic there and you can see him and Dwayne have a dynamic that’s great. Hopefully, Locke can also live in this world.”
In terms of the potential for a sequel, Leitch said “nothing is set in stone and there has been no mandate from the studio,” but there are many stories left to explore in the “Fast and Furious” universe.
“There are a million ways that we can go now and I hope that Universal and the fans see that and that was the hope and we made fertile ground for the future,” he said. “I just wanted to have a fertile ground for spinoffs and I mean — Eiza Gonzalez, her character can take down Russian mobsters and persuade them to let her borrow their house for an afternoon. Like, I want to see her in Hobbs’ world!”