Jason Statham and Kevin Hart in talks for The Man from Toronto

Jason Statham and Kevin Hart are reportedly in talks to team up for new action comedy The Man From Toronto.The Hobbs & Shaw star will play the world’s deadliest assassin, who reluctantly joins forces with loser Teddy, played by funnyman Hart, after a c…

Jason Statham and Kevin Hart are reportedly in talks to team up for new action comedy The Man From Toronto.

The Hobbs & Shaw star will play the world’s deadliest assassin, who reluctantly joins forces with loser Teddy, played by funnyman Hart, after a case of mistaken identity leaves the fate of the world on their shoulders, according to Deadline.

The movie is not related to 1933’s The Man From Toronto, which starred Jessie Matthews and Ian Hunter, and was based on the play by Douglas Murray.

The Hitman’s Bodyguard director Patrick Hughes, who previously worked with Statham on The Expendables 3, will oversee the project, with Robbie Fox penning the script based on a story from Jason Blumenthal.

Hart and Statham briefly shared scenes in last year’s Hobbs & Shaw, which also starred their frequent collaborator Dwayne Johnson.

Sony Pictures officials are eyeing a 20 November release for The Man From Toronto, with production expected to begin in March, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Hart is currently revelling in the huge success of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle sequel, Jumanji: The Next Level, which has made over $738 million (£568 million) worldwide since its release in December.

The 40-year-old funnyman has also wrapped on upcoming drama Fatherhood, which will be released in January 2021.

Meanwhile, Statham recently reunited with Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch director Guy Ritchie for the revenge action thriller, Cash Truck, which has just finished filming.

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Richard E. Grant and Antonio Banderas board The Hitman’s Bodyguard sequel

Richard E. Grant and Antonio Banderas have signed on to appear in The Hitman’s Bodyguard sequel.In November (18), Lionsgate studio executives confirmed that Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson and Salma Hayek would be reprising their roles from the 2017 a…

Richard E. Grant and Antonio Banderas have signed on to appear in The Hitman’s Bodyguard sequel.

In November (18), Lionsgate studio executives confirmed that Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson and Salma Hayek would be reprising their roles from the 2017 action-comedy, which followed a top bodyguard tasked with getting one of the world’s most notorious hitmen to the International Criminal Court for a trial.

On Wednesday (13Mar19), it was also announced that Oscar-nominated Can You Ever Forgive Me? actor Grant would be returning in the supporting role of Mr. Seifert, a drug-addicted corporate executive, in The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard, while Banderas will be taking on an unknown part. It was previously reported that Frank Grillo and Morgan Freeman will co-star too.

Patrick Hughes is back in the director’s chair, and will work from a script penned by Tom O’Connor, who wrote the original. The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard is set to pick up where the first film left off and will follow the characters as they are enlisted for a secret mission on the Amalfi Coast in Italy. The shoot began earlier this month in Europe, with the majority of scenes to be shot in Italy, Croatia and London.

To mark the start of filming, Reynolds recently took to Instagram to share a photo of him on set covered in fake blood while posing next to Jackson and Hayek.

“Two Guys, A Girl and-OH MY GOD WHAT THE F**K? Here we go again… #HitmansWifesBodyguard@salmahayek @samuelljackson,” he captioned the snap, referencing the title of his late ’90s sitcom Two Guys and a Girl.

Jackson and Hayek both posted the same image on their own social media pages, with the Pulp Fiction star writing, “These Two Here!!”

Grant was most recently seen onscreen in The Nutcracker and the Four Realms and TV show A Series of Unfortunate Events, and is also in the post-production phase of Star Wars: Episode IX. Meanwhile, Banderas’ upcoming projects include Lamborghini: The Legend, The Laundromat, and The Devil May Care.

The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard is slated to hit cinemas in 2020.

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Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson to star in The Hitman’s Bodyguard sequel

Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson have been confirmed for The Hitman’s Bodyguard sequel.The Patrick Hughes-directed film saw Reynolds play Michael Bryce, a top bodyguard who gets a new client, Jackson’s character Darius Kincaid – one of the world’s m…

Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson have been confirmed for The Hitman’s Bodyguard sequel.

The Patrick Hughes-directed film saw Reynolds play Michael Bryce, a top bodyguard who gets a new client, Jackson’s character Darius Kincaid – one of the world’s most notorious hitmen.

Released in August 2017, The Hitman’s Bodyguard received mixed reviews from critics and grossed $176 million (£135 million) worldwide, however, Lionsgate studio executives announced on Thursday (01Nov18) that a follow-up entitled The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard is in the works.

According to editors at The Hollywood Reporter, Hughes will be back in the director’s chair and will work from a script penned by Tom O’Connor, who also wrote the original. The film is set to pick up where the first film left off, and will follow the characters as they are enlisted for a secret mission on the Amalfi Coast in Italy.

Salma Hayek, who played the wife of Jackson’s character, Sonia Kincaid, in the first film, will reprise her role for the sequel. Production is slated to begin in March 2019. No other casting details nor a potential release date have been announced.

Reynolds has a number of projects on his plate at the moment. The 42-year-old recently wrapped on animated movie Pokemon Detective Pikachu, in which he voices the lead character, and is shooting Michael Bay’s new action movie 6 Underground. In addition, he has been attached to reprise his role as Wade Wilson / Deadpool in forthcoming flicks X-Force and Deadpool 3, and is also set to appear in Clue, a movie based on the Hasbro board game which will follow a band of strangers as they frantically try to figure out who is the murderer among them.

Meanwhile, Jackson has just reprised his role as Elijah Price / Mr. Glass in M. Night Shyamalan’s Glass, and will appear as Nick Fury in Captain Marvel. He is also in the post-production phases of movies Inversion and The Last Full Measure.

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