Ryan Reynolds took to Instagram to share the first look at the upcoming sequel of 'The Hitman's Bodyguard' reuniting himself (The Bodyguard), Samuel L. Jackson (The Hitman), and Salma Hayek (The Wife).
Ryan Reynolds is indeed a busy man. From shooting for Deadpool 2 to voicing Pikachu in upcoming Pokemon movie and even taking social media banter to a whole new level, this man is relentless! He keeps giving us exactly what we want and he did just that on March 12, when he shared a new behind-the-scenes photo from 'The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard'.
Ryan took to Instagram to share the first look at the upcoming sequel of 'The Hitman's Bodyguard' reuniting himself (The Bodyguard), Samuel L. Jackson (The Hitman), and Salma Hayek (The Wife). And considering how Reynolds is smeared in blood in the photo, we are certain the movie sure packs a punch when it comes to the high-octane action sequences.
The first movie was directed by Patrick Hughes, of 'The Expendables 3' fame and the script was penned by 'Fire With Fire' writer Tom O’Connor. We got to see Ryan playing the role of a bodyguard named Michael Bryce, who is a top private security officer. He has been assigned to protect and ensure the safety of a hitman, Darius Kincaid played by Jackson.
The reason for Kincaid encountering death threats is because he is set to testify against brutal dictator Vladislav Dukhovich played by Gary Oldman in exchange for his wife Sonia’s (Hayek) release from prison. Hilarity and action ensue as the four people get involved in a top-notch banter over the course of the film.
The synopsis of the movie reads, as reported by FILM: "The world’s top protection agent (Ryan Reynolds) is called upon to guard the life of his mortal enemy, one of the world’s most notorious hitmen (Samuel L. Jackson). The relentless bodyguard and manipulative assassin have been on the opposite end of the bullet for years and are thrown together for a wildly outrageous 24 hours."
"During their raucous and hilarious adventure from England to the Hague, they encounter high-speed car chases, outlandish boat escapades and a merciless Eastern European dictator (Gary Oldman) who is out for blood. Salma Hayek joins the mayhem as Jackson’s equally notorious wife," it concluded.
The movie did wonders at the box office considering a small budget of $30 million which ended up raking over $176 million worldwide, with $75 million coming from the United States box office.
In an interesting development for the sequel, Morgan Freeman and Frank Grillo have been roped in for a prominent role along with Reynolds, Jackson, and Hayek. There is no confirmation about the role that Freeman would play in the sequel, however, most fans think that he could be playing the bad guy considering Gary Oldman played the same role in the 2017 original.
According to reports, the movie revolves around Grillo’s character who is an Interpol agent seeking the help of Reynolds, Jackson, and Hayek to prevent a cyber attack in Europe, reports Variety. All of them would be going on a mission along the Amalfi Coast in Italy.
The director told in an earlier interview with The Gate on how the story panned out. "Yeah. I’ve certainly always been drawn to action comedies, as a filmmaker, and as a fan. One of my favorite movies of all time is Midnight Run, which I think is a beautiful balance of action and comedy, and I feel like it’s a nice place to work within whenever you’re working in either genre, " he said.
"There is a real heart and soul to these movies in their telling. They center around characters that are in need of redemption, and I think – if anything – the one thing I really wanted to bring to Hitman’s Bodyguard was to bring that heart and soul to the telling, so it wasn’t just two guys dodging bullets and making wisecracks," he added.
The filmmaker also spoke about Ryan's character and gave us an insight into how he functions. "Essentially Ryan is playing the straight man here, and even when he’s the hero he’s usually not the straight man. It was about creating a contrast between what we all know they can do and what works for the characters here. Darius Kincaid – Samuel L. Jackson’s character – is operating from a sense of instinct. He’s going to go with his heart and he just does whatever he wants. Everything he does is just off instinct," he said.
Although there is no official confirmation over when the movie might release, it would either reach the cinemas before the end of the year or arrive in the first quarter of 2020. So until then, we really have to keep track of what Ryan Reynolds does on social media because he knows exactly what the fans want and boy does he deliver!