UPDATE: Take your first look at Omar Sy and Nathalie Emmanuel from John Woo’s The Killer remake!

Nathalie Emmanuel plays Zee, a mysterious and infamous assassin known, and feared, in the Parisian underworld as the Queen of the Dead. But when, during an assignment from her shadowy mentor and handler Finn (Sam Worthington), Zee refuses to kill a blinded young woman, Jenn (Diana Silvers), in a Paris nightclub, the decision will disintegrate Zee’s alliances, attract the attention of a savvy police investigator Sy (Omar Sy), and plunge her into a sinister criminal conspiracy that will set her on a collision course with her own past.

The film also stars Sam Worthington (Avatar), Diana Silvers (Ava), Eric Cantona (The Fragile Colossus), Tchéky Karyo (Le Femme Nikita), and Grégory Montel (Call My Agent!).

The Killer Hollywood remake will stream exclusively on Peacock on August 23rd.

SOURCE: IGN

UPDATE: Fast and Furious alum Nathalie Emmanuel (Game of Thrones) has joined the cast of John Woo’s The Killer Hollywood remake. The film is set for release later this year on Peacock in collaboration with Universal Pictures.

SOURCE: Deadline

UPDATE: Best known for his role in The Intouchables (2011), French actor Omar Sy (Netflix’s Lupin) has been tapped to take the lead in John Woo’s Hollywood remake of The Killer.

Woo also serves as producer with a screenplay written by writing partners Matthew Stuecken and Josh Campbell (10 Cloverfield Lane) along with Eran Creevy (Collide) and Brian Helgeland (42).

SOURCE: Deadline

UPDATE: While attending the Hawaii International Film Festival, director John Woo revealed that actress Lupita Nyong’o is no longer attached to The Killer:

“There was a scheduling problem because she’s so popular right now! We rewrote the script and it took so much time…she had to leave for another project.”

However, they will still move forward with a female lead as Woo stated: “The biggest reason why I wanted to do this movie again because [I wanted] ‘the killer’ to be a woman — that’s exciting to me. It will make the movie have a different look.”

Stay tuned as casting is underway for a replacement.

SOURCE: Deadline

UPDATE: While speaking to ‘The Hollywood Reporter’ director John Woo revealed the production start date on The Killer:

“We start shooting in January. It’s very interesting, remaking my own film! I actually tried to get another director to work on the film but it didn’t work out so I took over the job. But I do like the idea of making the killer into a woman. And I’m so excited about Lupita. I really like her. It’s a very interesting idea using her as the killer — I think she’ll give us lots of surprises.”

SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter

The master of gun-fu himself, action maestro John Woo (Hard Boiled, Face/Off) is set to direct a Hollywood remake of one of his classic, the Chow Yun Fat starrer The Killer.

The original film follows Chow as “an assassin who accidentally damages the eyes of a singer. The two fall in love, and he decides to perform one last hit in order to pay for a corneal transplant to prevent her from going blind”.

Stepping into Chow’s legendary shoes is Academy Awards winner Lupita Nyong’o (Marvel’s Black Panther). Changing the gender of the character to a female plays right into Hollywood’s current trend of kick-ass femme fatale ala Charlize Theron in Atomic Blonde and Scarlett Johansson in the Avengers films.

Stay tuned for more details.

SOURCE: Variety

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