Mélanie Laurent & Payman Maadi join cast of Michael Bay’s 6 Underground
According to Deadline, French actress Mélanie Lauren (Inglourious Basterds) and director-screenwriter Payman Maadi (13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, A Separation) have officially signed on to join the ensemble cast of Michael Bay‘s upcoming big-budget action film 6 Underground.
6 Underground is based on an original idea from writers and executive producers Rhett Reese (G.I. Joe: Retaliation) and Paul Wernick (Zombieland), best known for their irreverent work on Deadpool and Deadpool 2. Bay, best known for his high-concept action films such as Bad Boys, Armageddon and Transformers film franchise and he is one of the most commercially successful filmmakers. Reynolds’ latest film, Deadpool 2 is coming off a blockbuster opening weekend and Deadpool is the highest-grossing R-rated movie in box office history.
This marks the first collaboration between Skydance Media and Netflix for an event level feature film after collaborating on series like Grace And Frankie and Altered Carbon. This is also the first Netflix project for both Michael Bay and Ryan Reynolds.
The cast of 6 Underground also includes Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool), Dave Franco (Now You See Me, The Disaster Artist), Manuel Garcia-Rulfo (The Magnificent Seven, Sicario: Day Of The Soldado), Adria Arjona (Pacific Rim: Uprising, Triple Frontier) and Corey Hawkins (Kong: Skull Island, BlacKkKlansman), Ben Hardy (X-Men: Apocalypse) and Lior Raz (Fauda). The plot details are currently being kept under wraps.
Skydance’s David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, and Don Granger will produce Six Underground along with Bay. Skydance has a long-standing relationship with Netflix in television where they produce the critically acclaimed and Emmy nominated series Grace and Frankie and earlier this year launched the high-concept, strong IP based sci-fi series Altered Carbon on the platform.
Six Underground is targeting a summer start of production for a worldwide release in 2019 on Netflix.