Aaron Taylor-Johnson Joins Brad Pitt In David Leitch’s Assassin Action Thriller “Bullet Train”
“Kick-Ass” star Aaron Taylor-Johnson is all set to join the ensemble cast of the Sony Pictures action-thriller “Bullet Train” starring Brad Pitt and directed by David Leitch.
Leitch, the director of action mega blockbusters like Hobbs & Shaw (2019), Deadpool 2 (2018) and Atomic Blonde (2017) is also supervising script revisions which is being penned by Zak Olkewicz (Fear Street). Joey King (The Kissing Booth, 2018 & The Kissing Booth 2, 2020) and Andrew Koji (Warrior, 2019) are also on the cast of the upcoming film.
The film is based on the Japanese best selling novel “Maria Beetle” by Kotaro Isaka. Leitch and Kelly McCormick (Atomic Blonde, 2017) will produce the film through their company 87North, alongside Antoine Fuqua and Kat Smick. Brittany Morrissey is overseeing the project for Sony pictures. Ryosuke Saegusa and Yuma Terada of CTB Inc., who represent Isaka and the IP, are the executive producers on the project.
Although plot details are being kept under wraps, the project is described as a contained thriller in the vein of Keanu Reeves’ 1994 bus thriller “Speed” and Liam Neeson’s 2014 airplane thriller “Nonstop”. The story which is set in Tokyo, Japan involves a group of hitmen and assassins with conflicting motives boarding a bullet train and what kind of fate awaits them when they get off on the station. The film can be shot on a closed set subject to COVID 19 shooting protocols. “Bullet Train” is scheduled for a fall shoot.
Best known for starring roles in Kick-Ass (2010), Kick-Ass 2 (2013) and Godzilla (2014), Aaron Taylor-Johnson is becoming one of the Hollywood’s busier leading men with exciting projects ahead of him. Along with Leitch’s thriller, he has also joined the cast of the “Kingsman series” for their next prequel film titled “The King’s Man”.
Aaron Taylor-Johnson has recently starred in Christopher Nolan’s time bending thriller Tenet (2020) opposite John David Washington and Robert Pattinson. His recent credits include A Million Little Pieces (2018) and David McKenzie’s Outlaw King (2018). His other credits include Tom Ford’s Nocturnal Animals (2016) for which he won Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor and a BAFTA award nomination for playing Quicksilver in Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015).
Brad Pitt came onboard the project in early July. He had not signed on a new project ever since winning his first acting Oscar (Best Supporting Actor) for his stuntman role in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon Time In Hollywood (2019). Pitt has previously appeared in a cameo role in Leitch’s Deadpool 2. The filmmaker has also worked as Pitt’s stunt double in films such as Ocean’s 11 and Troy.