With John Wick, Atomic Blonde, Hobbs & Shaw, and Deadpool 2 on his resume, David Leitch has quickly established himself as one of the top action directors around, and any new film worth getting excited about. Recently we learned of a new one, Bullet Train, about a bunch of assassins on a, you guessed it, speeding train. While that sounds like a lot of fun already, it gets even better when you toss Brad Pitt into the mix.
Deadline reports that Brad Pitt will star in Bullet Train, with filming set to begin later this year. There aren’t any new details about the story, but considering it’s based on the Japanese novel Maria Beetle by author Kotaro Isak, there may be some clues to be found. Here is the book’s synopsis:
Five assassins find themselves on a fast moving bullet train from Tokyo to Morioka with only a few stops in between. They discover their missions are not unrelated to each other. The question becomes who will make it off the train alive and what awaits them at the terminal station?
Leitch will be overseeing a rewrite of Zak Olkewicz’s script. This is the perfect moment for Leitch to work with Pitt, who is coming off his first acting Oscars victory for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Last year, he also starred in the vastly underrated Ad Astra and received some of the best notices of his career.
With Pitt on board, it stands to reason the other four assassins will be equally big names. Hopefully we hear more soon.