Ryan Reynolds has given us our first glimpse at The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard, the upcoming sequel to the 2017 surprise hit, The Hitman’s Bodyguard. The image, shared to the Deadpool star’s Instagram, reunites original stars Reynolds (The Bodyguard), Samuel L. Jackson (The Hitman), and Salma Hayek (The Wife). Based on the blood covering Reynolds’ face, everything goes completely fine over the course of the film!
The first movie, directed by Patrick Hughes (The Expendables 3) from a script by Tom O’Connor (Fire With Fire), saw Reynolds playing Michael Bryce, an elite private security officer. Bryce is tasked with protecting the life of infamous hitman Darius Kincaid (Jackson), who is set to testify against the brutal dictator Vladislav Dukhovich (Gary Oldman) in exchange for his wife Sonia’s (Hayek) release from prison. Much banter ensues. The Hitman’s Bodyguard is, honestly, a so-so action-comedy elevated by absolutely top-notch banterin’ by its stars.
And it certainly paid off for Millennium Films; The Hitman’s Bodyguard snagged $176 million worldwide on a $30 million budget, with $75 million of that total haul coming in domestically. Obviously, Reynolds, Jackson, and Hayek are reprising their roles for the sequel. The main trio will be joined by Morgan Freeman and Frank Grillo. According to Variety, the plot of The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard will revolve around Grillo’s character, an “Interpol agent who needs Reynolds, Jackson, and Hayek’s help to prevent a cyber attack in Europe.” Hughes will once again be in the director’s chair, while the story comes courtesy of Hughes. (No official word yet on the screenwriter.)
Check out the image below. The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard is currently in production and headed to theaters in 2020.