In London Has Fallen, the stellar cast of Gerard Butler (300), Aaron Eckhart (The Dark Knight), Angela Bassett (American Horror Story), Robert Forster (Jackie Brown), Melissa Leo (The Fighter), Radha Mitchell (Pitch Black), Sean O’Bryan (Vantage Point), and Morgan Freeman (Lucy) reprises their original roles from Olympus Has Fallen, joined by Alon Moni Aboutboul (The Dark Knight Rises), Jackie Earle Haley (Watchmen), Charlotte Riley (Edge of Tomorrow), and Waleed F. Zuaiter (Homeland). Babak Najafi directs London Has Fallen.
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It was back in August that Charlie Countryman helmer Fredrik Bond was slated to direct actor Gerard Butler in London Has Fallen, the forthcoming action sequel to last year’s hit, Olympus Has Fallen. Since then, Bond reportedly bailed on the project over a week ago, leaving the production six weeks to find a director.
On Sunday, news finally broke that the project may have found a replacement in the form of Babak Najafi, best known for his recent directorial work on the second installment of the Snabba Cash trilogy, Easy Money 2: Hard To Kill. If confirmed, Najafi will follow in the footsteps of filmmaker Antoine Fuqua in lieu of the latter’s opening weekend box office success with The Equalizer starring Denzel Washington.
Fuqua earned major commercial success upon directing Olympus Has Fallen for Millennium Films, for which Creighton Rothenberger and Kathryn Benedikt penned the script. The film, which also starred actors Morgan Freeman, Aaron Eckhart and Rick Yune, and actresses Angela Bassett and Radha Mitchell, centered on Butler‘s role as Mike Banning, a disenfranchised Secret Service agent who becomes America’s last hope when the president and his staff are taken hostage within the White House by North Korean terrorists.
Rothernberger and Benedikt returned to write the sequel which continues Banning’s story as he must now foil a mysterious plot London during the funeral of the British Prime Minister. All actors mentioned above are currently expected to return for the sequel which will release on October 2, 2015, courtesy of Focus Features.
Stay tuned for more info.
Actor Gerard Butler will be putting in his time as an Eygptian desert god in Summit Entertainment’s upcoming film, Gods Of Eygpt from director Alex Proyas. But this week, we now have some particular movie news many of us probably didn’t see coming (I know I didn’t!).
If things work out, then it seems Nu Image may get its production going on May 5 of next year for the production of London Has Fallen, which will follow the events of the 2012 film Olympus Has Fallen, where North Korean paratroopers invaded the White House with a hail of bullets, rocket launchers and the threat of nuclear destruction. Screendaily reports the sequel will see Butler producing, as well as reprising his role as a resurrected Secret Service Agent alongside I, Frankenstein star Aaron Eckhart who will play the U.S. President, and Morgan Freeman as the House Speaker, in addition to actresses Angela Bassett returning as the Secret Service Director and Radha Mitchell as the wife of Banning’s character.
What’s tentatively known about the plot is that it will follow Butler, Eckhart and Bassett will be joining forces with an English MI6 agent to avert terroristic efforts to attack London on the day of the Prime Minister’s funeral. The film will be written by Katrin Benedikt and Creighton Rothenberger who provided the script for the first film, in addition to Millenium Films’ recently wrapped Patrick Hughes-directed The Expendables 3.
Alan Siegel will also be producing along Mark Gill, Matt O’Toole and Danny Lerner, while Avi Lerner, Trevor Short, Boaz Davidson, John Thompson and Christine Crow will executive produce for Millenium.
The film did quite well at the box office, and although it took me a while to see it, I finally got down to watching it in recent months and enjoyed what its then-director, Anton Fuqua, gave us. (You can read my Film Of The Week review HERE). London Has Fallen doesn’t yet have a director in place, so more details will arrive soon enough.
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