EXCLUSIVE: Millennium Films has added Elodie Yung and Salma Hayek to join Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson and Gary Oldman in Hitman’s Bodyguard. The high octane action film will start production April 2 in London, directed by Kick Ass 2‘s Jeff Wadlow from a script by Tom O’Connor. Lionsgate is distributing in the U.S. Reynolds plays the world’s top protection agent who gets a new client: a hit man who came in from the cold (Jackson). They’ve been on the opposite ends of a bullet for years and hate each other. They become stuck together and have 24 hours to get to the Hague. They have to get past a murderous Eastern European dictator (Oldman), and all the bad guys he can throw at them. The film will also shoot in Amsterdam and Sofia.
Producing are Mark Gill, John Thompson, Matt O’Toole and Les Weldon, and the executive producers are Avi Lerner, Trevor Short, Boaz Davidson, Christine Otal, Douglas Urbanski, Jason Bloom, Christa Campbell and Lati Grobman.
Reynolds was attached with Jackson and Oldman when the picture was shopped at AFM last fall; it is Millennium’s good fortune to get his first film after Deadpool, which raised his leading man stock considerably.
Yung, the relative newcomer in the cast, can next be seen in Gods of Egypt, opposite Gerard Butler and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. She also stars as Elektra in season 2 of Daredevil for Netflix which premieres March 18. Previously, she starred opposite Dwayne Johnson, Channing Tatum and Bruce Willis in GI Joe: Retaliation for Paramount and in David Fincher’s Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. She’s repped by Gersh, Independent Talent and Generate, and Hayek is CAA and Management 360.