The sequel to The Hitman's Bodyguard has just added an impressive addition to its already sterling cast in the form of Morgan Freeman, who is set to star alongside Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson and Salma Hayek.
Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson will be reprising their roles. Credit: Lionsgate Films
As yet there are no details about the character Freeman is set to play, but this time around the film will reportedly see hitman Darius Kincaid (played by Jackson) and wife Sonia (Hayek) go on a mission to the Amalfi Coast in Italy, with bodyguard Michael Bryce (Reynolds), of course.
Also signed up for the new movie is Marvel Cinematic Universe star Frank Grillo, who is rumoured to play an Interpol agent. Patrick Hughes will be back as director, working with a script by Tom O'Connor again.
The original movie was a smash hit at the box office, pulling in upwards of $177 million and staying at the top of the US box office for three weeks. So a sequel was bound to happen at some point.
The news was confirmed after posters were spotted at Cannes Film Festival, with the tagline: "The Good. The bad. And the batshit cray," according to Digital Spy.
It seems as though Jackson is a pretty big fan of Reynolds telling Stuff.co.nz: "I watched Ryan for a good while. I know he has this quick wit, so when the idea was tossed to me and they said it was Ryan I thought, 'Well, this should be great.'
"I tend to try to bring a lot of humour to what I do just because of what I think about movies and what they should be."
Naturally, Reynolds was equally as excited to be cast alongside Jackson, telling the Los Angeles Times: "I wasn't going to do it [The Hitman's Bodyguard] unless he would.
"I just got the script and said, 'Would Sam Jackson do it? Then I'll do it.' I've wanted to work with Sam so badly. Sam is someone I've known for 12 years.
"We met in physical therapy. I was training for Blade 3 and I was having my shoulder fixed, and he was having something else fixed. I would see him there every day."
He added: "We were attached at the hip on this thing and it was an absolute dream. We were different enough, but we approached work in a similar way. I really like coming to work. Being on time. Knowing my stuff. And Sam knows his stuff and everyone else's stuff - he knows other people's lines, too."
As yet the movie has no release date, but we'll let you know as soon as we do.
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