WAR 2 Adds ‘RRR’ Star NTR Jr.
Variety’s Naman Ramachandran is reporting the addition of NTR Jr. to the upcoming sequel to Siddharth Anand’s 2019 espionage action thriller, War. The South Indian star of the global success story, S.S. Rajamouli’s RRR, will join returning actor and Bollywood star Hrithik Roshan for the sequel which will be directed by Brahmastra: Part One – Shiva helmer Ayan Mukerji.
A trade source told Variety: “NTR Jr is locking horns with Hrithik Roshan in ‘War 2.’ It’s going to be epic. Their battle of wits and their fierce showdown will definitely be an action spectacle to remember on the big screen. This move by Aditya Chopra enables ‘War 2’ to have the widest audience appeal for a Hindi film and it also widens the box office potential of the film. South India should come alive and connect at a more emotional level with the film because of the presence of their beloved superstar.”
“NTR Jr is one of the most respected and followed icons from South India. He is said to be extremely choosy about his films and if he has given the film a nod, it means ‘War 2’ is eclipsing the first film in terms of plot as well as scale. Hrithik Roshan vs NTR Jr. will be a fight to remember,” the source added. “Aditya Chopra had to take ‘War 2’ to a whole level in scale and NTR Jr’s inclusion has made this proposition extremely delicious for audiences.”
NTR Jr. has been the talk of the world alongside his co-lead, Ram Charan, since RRR took off last Spring. Variance Films and Potentate Films have been leading the charge stateside hosting screenings with the stars and directors in attendance, gaining notoriety in the American mainstream and even the major awards circuits, with composer M.M. Keeravani and lyricist Chandrabose’s “Naatu Naatu” winning Best Original Song at the 95th Academy Awards.
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Lead pic: Variance Films
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