The next chapter in Millennium Films‘ Olympus Has Fallen action franchise has set its director. Variety reports that Ric Roman Waugh will helm Angel Has Fallen. Waugh’s latest, Shot Caller, is set to hit theaters next month with a cast that includes Nikolaj Coster Waldau, Lake Bell, Jon Bernthal, Emory Cohen, Omari Hardwick and Benjamin Bratt.
Gerard Butler is set to reprise his Olympus Has Fallen and London Has Fallen role as Secret Service agent Mike Banning. The original film saw the White House (codenamed “Olympus”) captured by a terrorist mastermind. With President Benjamin Asher (Aaron Eckhart) kidnapped, disgraced former Presidential guard Mike Banning (Butler) finds himself trapped within the building. As our national security team scrambles to respond, they are forced to rely on Banning’s inside knowledge to help retake the White House, save the President, and avert an even bigger disaster.
In the sequel, London Has Fallen, the British Prime Minster dies unexpectedly, and Banning knows it is his duty to prep with Secret Service Director Lynne Jacobs (Angela Bassett) for them to accompany Asher to the state funeral at St Paul’s Cathedral in London. With every powerful world leader set to attend, the funeral should be the most protected event on Earth. Yet within moments of arriving, heads of government are assassinated and London landmarks are attacked. Asher, Banning, and Jacobs are ambushed and retreat amidst a hail of gunfire and explosives.
The devastated British capital goes into lockdown. Banning will stop at nothing to secure Asher’s safe return home. Back at the White House, Vice President Allan Trumbull (Morgan Freeman) races against time brainstorming with top advisors in the Situation Room to get those trapped in London a lifeline of support and a way out. Outnumbered and outgunned, Banning reaches out for help to an English MI6 agent (Charlotte Riley) who rightly trusts no one. Failure is not an option as they attempt to stop the criminals from carrying out the final phase of their revenge plan.
In Angel Has Fallen, again scripted by Creighton Rothenberger and Katrin Benedikt, Banning himself becomes the target of a terrorist attack.
In addition to starring, Butler will produce alongside Mark Gill, Matt O’Toole, Alan Siegel and John Thompson. Avi Lerner, Christine Ota and Trevor Short will serve as executive producers.