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Keanu Reeves Backed Out of His Role in Hobbs & Shaw for a Surprising Reason

The first spin-off of the Fast & Furious franchise, Hobbs & Shaw, deals with the surprising team-up of Dwayne Johnson’s Luke Hobbs and Jason Statham’s Deckard Shaw to tackle Idris Elba’s Brixton.

Needless to say, the film was highly awaited, so when it finally premiered, people rushed to theaters to finally have a glimpse of a standalone. It opened with $60.8 million at the domestic box office, which isn’t bad for an action franchise way past its prime – in fact, the film managed to snag the top spot on the box office in its opening week.

Hobbs & Shaw stars Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham

However, it is worth noting that despite the rave reviews online, high ratings on Cinemascore and Rotten Tomatoes, and respectable earnings, Hobbs & Shaw didn’t earn as much as other Fast & Furious films.

In fact, the only film it beat from the franchise is The Fast & the Furious: Tokyo Drift, which was a known flop since the storyline was a vast departure from the former movies’ plot as well as the cast members we’ve grown to love.

Will Keanu Reeves Join the Cast?

But, do you think the figures would change if Keanu Reeves had joined the cast? After all, he is the internet’s boyfriend and a lot of people would watch in whatever he is in.

Dwayne, who was formerly a wrestler and is better known as The Rock, finally put a stop to the rumors that there is a possibility that the John Wick actor will star in Hobbs & Shaw alongside him and Jason.

Those who have watched the film would already know that Eteon, the techno-terrorist organization where Brixton works, has an anonymous director, who was only distinguishable by voice.

Restless fans with wild imagination thought they solved the puzzle and claim that the faceless villain is Cypher, who we all know from The Fate of the Furious. Impressively, they connected the dots because Charlize Theron, who played the said antagonist, is coming back for Fast & Furious 9.

Some fans predict Charlize Theron was the anonymous Eteon’s director

Eteon’s Director

Dwayne confirmed the speculations and explained that Keanu was supposed to play Eteon’s director, and they were, in fact, already in talks about the role.

Unfortunately, things didn’t work out so the team decided to just leave out the possibility in the future by maintaining the character without an identity.

Moreover, Hobbs & Shaw is connected to Keanu in ways only some will know. Its director, David Leitch, was a co-director of the first John Wick, although he wasn’t credited for his work.

Due to his relationship with the actor as a stuntman and filmmaker, David wanted to squeeze the 54-year-old, who is famous for his random acts of kindness, into the spin-off.

Future Collaboration?

David Leitch wanted to include Keanu Reeves to the storyline

David explained that he wanted to make sure there was a “real promise” for “something legitimate” and not just a stunt casting for Keanu.

He tried to look at the film and create other characters that will suit his friend, and after showing the actor a rough cut of the movie, they both decided to just leave him out of it because they didn’t want to force anything.

However, Hobbs & Shaw, the director said, left a lot of room for new stories of different characters that could be explored in future installments. Maybe that means that fans should still root for one of the most down-to-earth celebrities to join the next stand-alone.

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