John Woo Hires Lupita Nyong’o For The Killer Remake

Here’s some crazy news. It sounds like John Woo is coming back to Hollywood. After making a splash with films like Face/Off, Mission: Impossible II, and Paycheck, the renowned action director went back to China to continue making films for the past 15 or so years. The industry has changed a hell of a lot since then, and it’s with that in mind that I’m interested in this project.

According to a new report from Deadline, Woo is taking another shot at his classic 1989 Hong Kong crime film The Killer. The film starred Chow Yun-Fat and with this late 2010s reboot, he’s performing an interesting race and gender swap for the lead role of the assassin.

The person in negotiation to take on the role? Lupita Nyong’o. The actress has certainly done well for herself in recent years — perhaps most notably with Disney properties such as The Jungle Book and Star Wars, but she most recently took up action in this year’s Black Panther. Should this deal go through, it would be another action film in her place a check mark next to.

The Killer is being fast-tracked by Universal Pictures. The latest draft of the script comes from Collide‘s Eran Creevey, who based his script from 10 Cloverfield Lane’s Josh Campbell and Matt Stuecken.

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SOURCE: Deadline

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