Today in stunt professionals taking the mantle, Thursday’s report from Deadline confirms India kidnap/extraction drama, Dhaka, to be filmed in India and Thailand for Netflix. Relatively known as Thor, MCU franchise star, actor Chris Hemsworth will lead the action thriller that tells of an emotional coward who comes to terms with his sense of self to liberate a kidnapped Indian boy.
Hemsworth will be rejoined by Hollywood stunt multi-hyphenate Sam Hargrave who will make his directorial debut. Hargrave fits right in the mold next to some of today’s best and brightest talents in stunts and film, getting his start years ago with a training team of his own called Reel Kick, to climbing the ladder, performing and doubling for actors on set, to now shepherding major action sequences on some of today’s biggest films – namely including The Hunger Games franchise, both Captain America and Avengers titles of late, Atomic Blonde, Wolf Warrior 2 and Deadpool 2 to name a few. Niche fans of independent martial arts films may also recognize him as the villain opposite Vlad Rimburg in Dennis Ruel’s own independent directing debut, Unlucky Stars.
Dhaka also marks a reunion for the two with MCU franchise helmers Anthony and Joe Russo who will produce the film via their newly flourishing AGBO banner, and with the latter Russo penning the script. Also producing are AGBO’s Mike Larocca, and Hemsworth through his Thematic Entertainment banner with Ben Grayson.
The news comes just as the past few weeks have been bustling in their efforts toward snagging and developing “Cherry”, an adaptation of Nico Walker’s recent autobiographical novel of the same name with Jessica Goldberg (Exit West) scripting. Both titles are the latest for AGBO in their efforts to grow their brand and library, pairing with companies like Neon, STX and Amazon.
Read more by Mike Fleming Jr. at Deadline.