Just when it appears the already stacked cast of David Leitch’s upcoming film Bullet Train couldn’t get more impressive, new casting information surfaces. As first reported by Deadline, Man of Steel star Michael Shannon is the next big name to join the call sheet for the highly-anticipated action thriller.
Shannon joins another big recent addition, Zazie Beetz. The two multifaceted performers will join Brad Pitt, Joey King, Aaron Taylor Johnson, Brian Tyree Henry, and Andrew Koji. David Leitch will direct the feature with Sony Pictures handling finances and distribution.
Based on the Japanese novel Maria Beetle by best-selling author Kotaro Isaka, Bullet Train will focus on a battle within the mafia and features a bevy of snipers at odds with each other on a moving train. Moreover, the celebrated Japanese novel will reportedly be published in English next year. Sony acquired the rights to the novel earlier this year and fast-tracked its production following the signing of Brad Pitt.
The screenplay hails from Lights Out producer Zak Olkewicz. Additionally, Leitch will oversee the development of the script as well. Kotaro Isaka’s management team of Ryosuke Saegusa and Yuma Terada are on-board to produce. Kelly McCormick (Poms), Antoine Fuqua, and Kat Samick (The Equalizer) will serve as executive producers.
Michael Shannon is one of the most accomplished actors of the modern era. He has been nominated twice for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his roles in Revolutionary Road and Nocturnal Animals. After last appearing in Rian Johnson’s Knives Out, Shannon will next appear alongside Kate Hudson and Zach Braff in Shriver. Additionally, Zazie Beetz is one of the most promising young actresses in the world. Following memorable roles in Joker and Deadpool 2, the Atlanta star will star in the upcoming western flick The Harder They Fall.
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