Viggo Mortensen could be set to reprise one of his most memorable roles to date as Russian Mafia heavy turned federal agent Nikolai Luzhin in a follow up to 2007’s Eastern Promises.
A moderate hit when it was first released almost a decade ago the movie, directed by David Cronenberg, is perhaps best remembered for one extremely violent and extremely naked encounter between Mortensen and our very own Tamer Hassan.
Mortensen garnered Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for his troubles while the film’s original writer, Steven Knight, went on to create Peaky Blinders and BBC One’s latest big budget drama Taboo.
With Eastern Promises garnering something of a cult following in the years since, it would appear that both actor and director are ready to return to the murky world of Russian gangsters operating in and around London.
A script, written by Knight and entitled Body Cross, has been in circulation for some time.
Now, in a fresh development, a casting notice has been put on My Entertainment World confirming that a film currently called Body Cross is set to start filming in the capital in March.
An official synopsis also appears to confirm that Vincent Cassell’s character from the original, newly-installed Russian mob boss Kirill will also return.
The synopsis reads:
“The sequel picks up where the 2007 film left off — with the incompetent underboss Kirill thinking that he and his henchman driver Nikolai really have inherited the throne from his crime-lord father, without knowing that Nikolai is actually a clandestine agent working undercover in Russia’s federal security service.”
It comes in a year when some 47 different remakes and sequels are already scheduled to be released, with Hollywood studios increasingly turning to established franchises and properties for profits.
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