The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard adds Antonio Banderas & Richard E. Grant
As production has just gotten underway, The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard is getting ramped up with the addition of Antonio Banderas (The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle) and the return of Richard E. Grant (Can You Ever Forgive Me?) to the cast, according to Deadline.
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.
Banderas’ role is currently being kept under wraps, but Grant is set to return as his minor character from the first film, Mr. Seifert, a drugged-out corporate executive in London who Reynolds’ Bryce was hired to protect during his career downspiral.
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.