Hobbs And Shaw Cut Out A Joke About Idris Elba's James Bond

HOLLYWOOD CALIFORNIA- JULY 13 Dwayne Johnson and Idris Elba arrives at the premiere of Universal

HOLLYWOOD CALIFORNIA- JULY 13 Dwayne Johnson and Idris Elba arrives at the premiere of Universal

Directed by David Leitch (Deadpool 2) from a script by longtime Fast & Furious narrative architect Chris Morgan, the film is produced by Morgan, Johnson, Statham and Hiram Garcia.

Star Dwayne Johnson told Variety that a joke in which Elba's character says: "I'm black superman" was initially meant to say "black James Bond" - but that Elba rejected the joke because it was "too close to what everybody's talking about".

Elba's villain Brixton, a cyber-genetically enhanced anarchist, declares himself to be "the black Superman" in trailers for the Fast & Furious spin-off, but the line was originally going to be "I'm the black James Bond" before the British star nixed it. Apparently, Elba thought the line was "too close to what everybody's talking about", a reference to the tireless fan campaign to have him take over the mantle of 007 now that Daniel Craig is bowing out.

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Johnson - who returns as hulking lawman Luke Hobbs in the spin-off - takes credit for the line, which has already become iconic. Hence, "I'm black Superman". The Wire star doesn't sound like he's interested, so Black Superman is a better fit. "Everyone's taking credit for it - Idris, our director, our producers, I'm sure, Jason [Statham]...[but] I came up with that", Johnson said. "And everyone's like, 'Great!' [But] now everyone takes credit".

Elba has kept his distance from the casting conversation, but told Variety earlier this year he believed it was time to "do something different" with the character. Johnson said. "I came up with that".

"[Elba] just shouted it out. He was talking trash, shouted it out, and we said, 'This is incredible!' [The line] was his... so he ran with it".

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