First pics of WWE’s Roman Reigns as Dwayne Johnson’s brother in Fast and Furious spin-off


The first spin-off film for the Fast & Furious franchise will be in theaters this summer. Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (or as I like to call it, Two Ampersands, Too Furious) will star Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham as Luke Hobbs and Deckard Shaw, respectively. They’ll play off their rapport from The Fate of the Furious, and probably do some jump kicks and wrestling moves for all of you dirty marks out there (like me).

We’re getting some new images if Hobbs & Shaw through Dwayne Johnson’s Instagram account, which features a new addition to the cast: Johnson’s real-life cousin and WWE superstar Roman Reigns. Reigns (real name Leati Joseph “Joe” Anoaʻi) will play one of Hobbs’ four ass-kicking brothers, and he will probably Spear and Superman Punch people into oblivion.

Reigns had to leave in-ring action in October 2018 to fight leukemia, a disease he previously beat 11 years ago. It’s great to see him in recovery, looking healthy, and doing well.

Check out some of the new Hobbs & Shaw pics below.

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The brothers’ roar. A lil’ HOBBS & SHAW exclusive. Good times droppin’ sweat and spillin’ blood with my family, @RomanReigns who’ll be playing my brother in our FAST & FURIOUS UNIVERSE. I’m very proud of his focus, effort and authentic performance in our movie for his very first time on film. I’m also very grateful to spend this quality time with my cousin here in the islands as he takes life one day at a time to recover from leukemia. His perseverance and humility battling this challenge has inspired our entire family as well as millions around the world in our beloved @WWE Universe. Can’t wait to see the “Big Dog” return back to the ring – his positive & focused mindset to return is straight up next level. Til’ then, this sacred Samoan 🇼🇸 ground you stand on is nourished with our ancestors blood. Today, we nourish it with yours. #WelcomeRomanReigns #Brothers #HobbsAndShaw THIS SUMMER 🔥💪🏾 @hhgarcia41 📸

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A lil’ HOBBS & SHAW exclusive. THE HOBBS BROTHERS. In Samoa 🇼🇸 we have a word that means everything to us – AIGA – which means FAMILY. My name is Luke Hobbs and these are my four brothers. My family. My aiga. They all live in Western Samoa where they own and operate “Hobbs Customs” – a former illegal chop shop, now a legit business where they build and deliver vintage custom cars all over the world. In Samoa we have another saying which is “Ou te le tau to’atasi ae matou te tau fa’atasi” which means, When you fight one, you fight us ALL. Biggest showdown the Fast & Furious Universe has ever seen is coming this summer. HOBBS & SHAW AUGUST 2ND #JoshMauga #CliffCurtis #RomanReigns #JohnTui #BigBrownBaldTattooedMan @hhgarcia41 📸

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For some context regarding Reigns, here’s an emotional segment from Monday Night Raw in which he broke kayfabe (i.e., the fictional veil of wrestling storylines) to announce his health issues.

Prior to this evening last October, Reigns never publicly spoke about his previous battle with leukemia or any current health issues. Apart from his family and select individuals, this was never disclosed to the public.

Roman Reigns relinquishes the Universal Title to battle his returning leukemia: Raw, Oct. 22, 2018

It’s pretty incredible to consider how lukewarm-to-reviled Reigns’ character was prior to this. Yet he put in the work every week without complaint, even if he was getting booed or being crapped on by the fans. At no point did he consider discussing his health for pity or for sympathy. Wrestling fans and journalists who might not have liked Reigns prior to this moment seriously reconsidered their assessment of him as a real human being. 

The booking may have been bad, and the writing behind the scenes was not very good, but this guy, Joe Anoaʻi? He’s a good man. It’s heartwarming to see him pulling through. I am legit getting misty because Irsquo;m so happy for the guy and his family.

Here’s another Hobbs & Shaw pic that Johnson posted on Instagram earlier today.

Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw is set for release on July 26th.

Keep fighting, Joe.

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Hubert Vigilla
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