Brad Pitt’s New Action Movie Just Got Delayed
By Charlene Badasie | 7 seconds ago
The next action movie from Sony Pictures High-speed train was hit with another delay. It was originally scheduled for release on April 8 before being moved to July 15. Then it got pushed back to July 29 and now it’s set to debut in theaters on August 5. Although the latest change is only a week away, it’s still disappointing for fans who have been waiting a while to see the assassin-centric film.
However, Deadline reports that exhibitors got their first look at the opening cut of Brad Pitt’s film at CinemaCon last month. High-speed train is based on the novel Maria Beetle by Japanese author, Kōtarō Isaka. It was eventually released as High-speed train in English-speaking countries. The film’s screenplay was developed by Zak Olkewicz, with David Leitch as director. Kelly McCormick, David Leitch and Antoine Fuqua will produce the project, alongside executive producers Ryosuke Saegusa, Yuma Terada, Brent O’Connor and Kat Samick.
High-speed train tells the story of a highly skilled assassin named Ladybug (Brad Pitt) who wants to quit the dangerous business. But he is lured by his mistress Maria Beetle for one last mission – to retrieve a briefcase in transit on a bullet train from Tokyo to Kyoto. Once on board, he encounters four other assassins and realizes that their main objectives are linked. That’s when things turn into complete chaos.
Brad Pitt leads an impressive cast for High-speed train. Alongside him are Joey King, Andrew Koji, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Brian Tyree Henry, Zazie Beetz, Masi Oka, Michael Shannon, Logan Lerman, Hiroyuki Sanada, Karen Fukuhara and Bad Bunny. Sandra Bullock is also set to play Maria Beetle, Ladybug’s contact and handler. Interestingly, she replaced Lady Gaga after the singer had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts.
David Leitch, whose impressive list of directors includes John Wick and deadpool 2, spoke about the Brad Pitt vehicle during a recent interview with Empire. Focusing on the action aspect of the story, he said most of the sequences were inspired by Jackie Chan films. He explained that the fights were designed to enhance the characters, but they will include a bit of physical comedy. “We’re here to have fun in this super confined space,” he told the publication.
High-speed train can take a short break for now. But luckily, Brad Pitt still has plenty of ongoing projects for fans to look forward to. The highly anticipated biographical drama Blond is currently in post-production. Written and directed by Andrew Dominik, the film is based on the 2000 novel of the same name by Joyce Carol Oates. It tells the story of popular American actress Marilyn Monroe, who became a pop culture icon. Pitt is one of its producers.
The lost city star should also appear in Babylon. Written and directed by Damien Chazelle, the film is billed as a period drama. Brad Pitt stars alongside Margot Robbie as John Gilbert and Clara Bow, respectively. Tobey Maguire serves as executive producer and appears as Charlie Chaplin in a supporting role. Although the plot is still unknown, the story is said to be set in the Hollywood era. Paramount Pictures has scheduled the release for December 25.