Chris Pratt is the guy you want in your movie. (Just ask The Rock.)
Fans may have blamed his Star-Lord for what happened in "Avengers: Infinity War," but between "Infinity War" and "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom," Pratt pretty much owned the 2018 box office.
And yet, he doesn't have much coming up. He'll return in "Avengers 4" in May, and his indie Western "The Kid" is in post-production.
But he was supposed to be filming "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3" starting in early 2019. Now ... Disney/Marvel has to find a new director willing to drink from that poisoned chalice.
Pratt was also supposed to be making the potential tentpole "Cowboy Ninja Viking," but Universal pulled that from its June 28, 2019 release date.
So that's two major films down. But he may have found a replacement -- and it sounds right up his rugged Manly Man alley.
Variety reports that Pratt is in talks to star in Taylor Sheridan's new film, with the working title "Fast."
Sheridan would be writing and directing the film, which "follows a former special forces commando (Pratt), who’s recruited by the DEA to lead a black ops strike team targeting drug dealers who are protected by the CIA."
It's not the most exciting or original premise, but the people involved give us some hope.
Sheridan made a name for himself writing "Sicario," and then "Hell or High Water," which was nominated for the Best Original Screenplay Oscar. He made his directorial debut with "Wind River" (starring two other Avengers), which he also wrote. And he's the writer/director/producer behind "Yellowstone," starring Kevin Costner, which turned out to be cable's biggest hit since "The Walking Dead."
According to Variety, "Fast" -- or whatever it is ultimately called -- has a budget in the $70 million to $80 million range, so studio Warner Bros. needed a star in order to give it the green light. Now it looks like they have Chris Pratt.
Pratt also has a voice role in "The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part." And he's going to be filming his third "Jurassic World" movie in the next year or so for its planned 2021 release.
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