'Hitman's Bodyguard 2' Moving Up Release to June

The Hitmans Wifes Bodyguard
Lionsgate

The sequel to the 2017 sleeper hit reunites Samuel L. Jackson, Ryan Reynolds and Salma Hayek.

The Hitman's Bodyguard 2 has a new title — The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard — and a new release date, Lionsgate and Millennium announced Monday.

The sequel to the 2017 sleeper hit is moving up its release from Aug. 20 of this year to June 16 (the film was originally supposed to unfurl in 2020 but was pushed to 2021 due to the pandemic).

Patrick Hughes returns to direct from a script by Tom O'Connor.

Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard find the world's most lethal odd couple — Michael Bryce (Ryan Reynolds) and hitman Darius Kincaid (Samuel L. Jackson) – back on another life-threatening mission. Still unlicensed and under scrutiny, Bryce is forced into action by Darius’s even more volatile wife, the infamous international con artist Sonia Kincaid (Salma Hayek).

Soon they find themselves in a global plot involving a vengeful and powerful madman (Antonio Banderas) who is threatening to destroy Europe.

Morgan Freeman also joins the franchise alongside Banderas.

The Hitman's Bodyguard was a box office smash, earning $177 million worldwide against a $30 million budget.