'Deadpool 2' Helmer Is Frontrunner for Dwayne Johnson's 'Fast and Furious' Spin-Off
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David Leitch is reportedly in early negotiations to helm the 'Fast and Furious' spin-off focusing on the former wrestler's character Luke Hobbs and Jason Statham's Deckard Shaw.

AceShowbiz - Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's "Fast and Furious" spin-off is close to nabbing its director. According to The Hollywood Reporter, David Leitch, who is currently in post-production of "Deadpool 2", has emerged as the frontrunner and is in early negotiations to direct the upcoming movie.

Universal Studios has set a July 26, 2019 U.S. release for the film, which will focus on Luke Hobbs, the Diplomatic Security Service agent played by wrestler-turned-actor Johnson, and Jason Statham's Deckard Shaw, an assassin who was one of the main bad guys in the "Fast and Furious" film franchise before he joined the protagonists.

Should the deal be sealed, Leitch will serve behind the lens for the untitled Fast and Furious spin-off with a script provided by Chris Morgan, who has written pretty much every film in the popular mega-franchise.

Leitch was a stunt coordinator who then broke into directing as a second unit director, working on movies like "Ninja Assassin" and "Captain America: Civil War". He served as a co-director with Chad Stahelski when they made their directorial debut with 2014's "John Wick". Leitch then directed the 2017 action thriller "Atomic Blonde" starring Charlize Theron.

His current project, "Deadpool 2", is in post-production and is set to open in theaters across the nation on May 18 this year. The follow-up to the 2016 superhero film, which is based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name, sees the return of Ryan Reynolds as the Merc with a Mouth.

Written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, the filmmaking duo behind the first film, the sequel also sees Morena Baccarin reprising her role as Vanessa, T.J. Miller returning as Weasel, Leslie Uggams once again playing Blind Al, Brianna Hildebrand returning as Negasonic Teenage Warhead, and Stefan Kapicic once again providing the voice of Colossus. Zazie Beetz has joined the cast as Domino, while Josh Brolin is tapped to play Cable.

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