Ambulance: Yahya Abdul-Mateen II Joins Michael Bay’s New Thriller
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Emmy-winning actor Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Watchmen) has officially signed on to star opposite Oscar nominee Jake Gyllenhaal in Michael Bay’s upcoming thriller film Ambulance. Baby Driver actress Eiza González has also joined the cast for the role of the paramedic. Production is expected to begin early next year.
Abdul-Mateen gained first recognition in James Wan’s DC film Aquaman and in HBO’s critically-acclaimed limited series Watchmen with the latter earning him his first Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor. He was also most recently seen in Aaron Sorkin’s timely film The Trial of the Chicago 7 and will next be seen in two highly-anticipated projects: Nia DaCosta’s Candyman and the Keanu Reeves-led The Matrix 4.
Directed by Laurits Munch-Petersen, the original film centers around bank robbery involving a returned veteran from Afghanistan and his brother. However, the robbery didn’t go as planned with the brothers having no choice but to take hostages and hijack an ambulance. As the situation escalates, old wounds reopen in the relationship between the brothers as they fight to survive what seems like an impossible situation.
The Ambulance remake will be written by Chris Fedak (Chuck, Prodigal Son). It is being produced by Project X with James Vanderbilt, Bradley Fischer, and William Sherak set as producers. The newly-formed production company is also currently attached to the production of Spyglass’ highly-anticipated Scream 5 and the development of New Line Cinema’s Stephen King film adaptation of The Long Walk.
The project will also be produced by original film producers Tomas Radoor and Rene Ezra along with Bay’s longtime collaborator Ian Bryce.
Bay is known for directing and producing high-profile action films such as Armageddon, the Transformers films, Pain & Gain, 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, and 6 Underground. His upcoming project is the thriller film Songbird which centers around a pandemic lockdown.