Lupita Nyong'o to Star in Remake of John Woo's Action Classic 'The Killer'
John Woo is remaking his classic action movie, The Killer, this time giving it a female twist.
Lupita Nyong'o is in negotiations to star in the new project, which hails from Universal, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
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Woo will direct the movie, and will also produce with eOne’s Mark Gordon (Source Code, Saving Private Ryan) and Matt Jackson. Luc Etienne will executive produce.
Describes by Universal as a “blistering thriller that blends espionage with extraordinary stunts," the remake centers on an assassin who is sworn to protect a young woman she accidentally blinded during a mob hit years prior.
The original movie, made in 1989, was a landmark in the action genre. It helped introduce Woo to Western audiences and also continued to cement the star status of Chow Yun-Fat, who toplined as the assassin. Nyong'o will now slip into the role for the 21st century version.
Production vp Sara Scott will oversee for Universal.
by Graeme McMillan