The forthcoming sequel to The Hitman's Bodyguard now has an updated release date, meaning it's landing on screens sooner than we'd thought - well, after being pushed back due to the pandemic, naturally.
Lionsgate and Millennium announced yesterday (29 March) that The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard will now be released on 16 June, a few months earlier than its rescheduled release slated for 20 August.
It was originally supposed to be with us in August 2020, but like many projects, things had to be pushed back thanks to the global pandemic.
The sequel will reunite Samuel L. Jackson, Ryan Reynolds and Salma Hayek, with Antonio Banderas and Morgan Freeman also joining the franchise for round two.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Michael Bryce (Ryan Reynolds) and hitman Darius Kincaid (Samuel L Jackson) are 'back on another life-threatening mission'.
"Still unlicensed and under scrutiny, Bryce is forced into action by Darius's even more volatile wife, the infamous international con artist Sonia Kincaid (Salma Hayek)," the outlet writes.
They'll find themselves in a 'global plot involving a vengeful and powerful madman', played by Banderas, who is threatening to destroy Europe.
Patrick Hughes is returning to direct from a script by Tom O'Connor.
The original movie - which had a $30 million budget - was a smash hit at the box office, pulling in upwards of $177m and staying at the top of the US box office for three weeks.
Basically, you can see why they wanted to do a sequel.
No doubt Reynolds is excited to be teaming up with his co-stars again, having previously said he didn't want to do the movie unless Jackson was involved.
He told 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."
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