Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, and Salma Hayek reunite for ‘The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard’, the sequel to the action comedy ‘The Hitman’s Bodyguard‘. A photo on Reynolds’ Instagram account showed the three back in business. The 2017 film was a surprise hit upon release where Reynolds played the bodyguard, Jackson played the hitman and Hayek played the role of the Hitman’s wife. If the last film was anything to go by, Reynolds will be battered and bruised as much this time before the story is over.
‘The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard’ will see additional cast members join in, including Morgan Freeman and Frank Grillo. Variety reported on this while outlining the basics of the plot as well. The story is supposed to revolve around Grillo’s character, who is an Interpol agent, and hires Jackson’s and Hayek’s characters to stop a cyber attack in Europe. The two enlist the help of Reynolds’ character to assist them on their mission along the Amalfi Coast. The success of the first film was instrumental in the greenlighting of the sequel and Millenium Films made $176 million worldwide for the film that was made on a $30 million budget. Of this $75 million came in domestically.
To jog your memory about the first movie, ‘The Hitman’s Bodyguard’ was a film directed by Patrick Hughes, who is famous for helming ‘The Expendables 3’ and was based on a script by Tim O’Connor of ‘Fire With Fire’ fame. The plot saw Reynolds play the role of Michael Bryce, an elite bodyguard who seems to have fallen out of favor. This private security officer gets the task of protecting an infamous assassin’s life. Jackson plays the role of said infamous assassin, Darius Kincaid. Kincaid is set to testify against the brutalities committed by a dictator, Vladislav Dukhovich, played by Gary Oldman, and in exchange, his wife Sonia, played by Salma Hayek, will be released from prison. However, things are never as simple as they seem and Dukhovich pulls strings even while facing a trial, in an attempt to kill Kincaid even before he shows up to testify. However, Bryce and Kincaid are more than up to the challenge and the hitman and the bodyguard attempt to see justice served amidst a hail of bullets and action. While the film itself was only okay in terms of plot and action, the comedy sat very well and was frankly saved by the top-notch banter between Jackson’s and Reynolds’ characters.
Patrick Hughes will be returning once again to helm the project and although Variety states that the script is once again coming from Tom O’Connor, Collider has reported that there is no official word on the screenwriter. The production for ‘The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard’ was scheduled to begin this March, and from the looks of the picture shared by Reynolds, it appears to be on track. The film is scheduled to hit theaters sometime in 2020, although no fixed date has been announced for the sequel as of yet.