The Hitman’s Bodyguard sequel adds Frank Grillo to cast
According to Variety, The Purge star Frank Grillo has been tapped to join the star-studded cast of Lionsgate’s forthcoming action comedy sequel titled The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard. Grillo will be portraying the role of an Interpol agent who will enlist the help of Michael, Darius and Sonia to stop a cyber attack in Europe. The film’s production is scheduled to begin this March.
Grillo will be joining the returning cast members Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool), Samuel L. Jackson (Spider-Man: Far From Home) and Salma Hayek (Drunk Parents), who are all set to reprise their roles as Michael Bryce, Darius Kincaid and Sonia Kincaid, respectively.
Grillo’s film credits include: Zero Dark Thirty, The Purge: Anarchy, The Purge: Election Year, Captain America: Civil War, and Reprisal. He will next be seen in a handful of films such as: the drama film Donnybrook opposite Jamie Bell; Marvel Studios’ highly-anticipated Avengers: Endgame, reprising his role as Brock Rumlow/Crossbones; and in Once Upon a Time in Staten Island starring alongside Naomi Watts.
In the first film, the world’s top protection agent (Reynolds) is called upon to guard the life of his mortal enemy, one of the world’s most notorious hitmen (Jackson). The relentless bodyguard and manipulative assassin have been on the opposite end of the bullet for years and are thrown together for a wildly outrageous 24 hours. During their raucous and hilarious adventure from England to the Hague, they encounter high-speed car chases, outlandish boat escapades and a merciless Eastern European dictator who is out for blood. Hayek played the role of Sonia Kincaid, the hitman’s wife.
The sequel follows bodyguard Michael Bryce as he was enlisted by Jackson and Hayek’s characters to join them on a mission along the Amalfi Coast. The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard will again be directed by Patrick Hughes with Tom O’Connor to serve as the film’s scriptwriter.
Millenium Media’s Matt O’Toole and Campbell Grobman Film’s Les Weldon are producing the sequel. Christa Campbell and Lati Grobman of Campbell Grobman along with Avi Lerner, Trevor Short, Boaz Davidson, Jeffrey Greenstein and Jonathan Yunger of Millennium are all set to executive produce.
The Hitman’s Bodyguard was released on August 18, 2017 which grossed over $180 million worldwide. The R-rated film also starred Gary Oldman, Elodie Yung, Joaquim de Almeida, Kirsty Mitchell, and Richard E. Grant.
The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard is expected to begin its production next year in March.
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