Less than a month from the start date of The Hitman’s Bodyguard, Patrick Hughes has been brought aboard to direct the Ryan Reynolds action movie, a Millennium Films spokesperson confirmed to EW.
Hughes directed The Expendables 3, another Millennium project, and fills in for Jeff Wadlow (Kick-Ass 2), who is currently working on the Netflix comedy The True Memoirs of an International Assassin with Kevin James. Wadlow’s reps had no comment about him leaving the project.
The Hitman’s Bodyguard boasts an impressive cast that also includes Elodie Young, Salma Hayek, Gary Oldman, and Samuel L. Jackson. The plot tracks the titular protector (Reynolds) who’s hired to look after an assassin wanting to turn over evidence and testify.
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Production begins April 2 and will occur in a host of European locations: London, Amsterdam, and Bulgaria.
Millennium released its most recent film, London Has Fallen, last weekend. It’s grossed over $25 million in the U.S. so far.
The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news.