Warning: This article contains spoilers for Hobbs & Shaw.

Fast & Furious spin-off Hobbs & Shaw is out in cinemas now, and if you’ve seen it you’ll know that it takes the series in a more science-fiction direction. If you haven’t seen it yet then… well, you’ve had your spoiler warning.

While Idris Elba’s bad guy Brixton is the main villain of the movie, the real threat is the evil organisation Eteon, led by the mysterious Director, who we only hear through a distorted voice (provided by Ryan Reynolds).

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We’ve got our theories on exactly who the Director could be, but director David Leitch has gone above and beyond even our ideas.

Speaking to Empire, Leitch said: “I know who it is. We’ve been keeping it under wraps, and I think part of it is because maybe we want to change who that is.

“But in my mind, could it be a person? Yes. Could it be AI? Yes. It could be a lot of things.”

Expanding on his many thoughts about AI, the director then added: “It’s a bigger metaphor for Man vs Machine, will technology be the end of us?

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“I wanted to keep the organisation grey, in the sense that we can build it out in the future, but it is a lot to do with advancing technologies, AI, classic themes in sci-fi movies.

“I liked that Brixton could ask these philosophical questions – the more machine I am, the more human I become. Ultimately, there’s something in the human soul that can transcend just pure logic and algorithms, black-and-white ones and zeros.

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“We have the ability to do things that are special and creative, and that a computer hopefully will never be able to do. Otherwise we’re going to be consumed. That’s the ultimate villain right now.”

Someone’s been playing Metal Gear Solid 2 again lately, haven’t they?

Fast & Furious 9 is released in cinemas on May 22, 2020, while Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw is out now.


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