|Directed by Patrick Hughes|
Cinematography Jules O'Loughlin
|Written by Tom O'Connor|
Edited by Jake Roberts
|Produced by David EllisonMark GillDana GoldbergMatthew O'TooleJohn ThompsonLes Weldon|
Starring Ryan ReynoldsSamuel L. JacksonGary OldmanÉlodie YungSalma Hayek
The Hitman's Bodyguard is an upcoming American action comedy film directed by Patrick Hughes and written by Tom O'Connor. The film stars Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Gary Oldman, Élodie Yung, and Salma Hayek.
A bodyguard (Ryan Reynolds) takes his former enemy, a hit man (Samuel L. Jackson), as a client so they can defeat a dictator (Gary Oldman).
In May 2011, David Ellison's Skydance Media acquired the action script The Hitman's Bodyguard written by Tom O'Connor. The script was among the top 2011 Black List of unproduced scripts. On November 4, 2015, it was announced that Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, and Gary Oldman were cast in the film, which Jeff Wadlow would direct for Millennium Films. Producers would be Mark Gill, John Thompson, Matt O'Toole, and Les Weldon. On February 23, 2016, Élodie Yung and Salma Hayek were cast in the film, which Lionsgate would distribute in the United States. On March 9, 2016, it was reported that Wadlow had exited the film and Patrick Hughes signed on to direct the film.
Principal photography on the film began on April 2, 2016, in London, Amsterdam and Sofia.