No Time To Die Star Ana de Armas In Talks To Lead John Wick Spin-off Ballerina

After a film stealing performance as Paloma in No Time To Die, Ana de Armas is in talks to lead the John Wick spin-off Ballerina for Lionsgate.

The film will be about a young female assassin seeking revenge against the people who killed her family. We saw the character made the briefest appearance in John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum as a ballerina training to an assassin.

Image via Lionsgate

So judging by the plot and the fact she’s still in assassin school and will be inexperienced in the real world and how to take a life.

In many ways, it’ll have a similar vibe as the Blake Lively starring The Rhythm Section.

Deadline (who broke the story) confirmed Len Wiseman (Underworld) will be directing the action-thriller with the script by Shay Hatton, who wrote John Wick: Chapter 3 and Zack Snyder’s Army of the Dead.

The team behind John Wick, Chad Stahelski, Basil Iwanyk and Erica Lee, will be producing the spin-off with a budget around the $50-80 million mark.

Question marks remain whether Keanu Reeves and Anjelica Huston will make cameos, but the studio hopes they both appear.

Image via Lionsgate

This project has the potential of being a massive success, not only because it’s a spin-off of a popular franchise and will De Armas is a star at the highest. Not only appearing in the latest James Bond adventure and received a Golden Globe nomination for her terrific performance in Knives Out.

Meanwhile, the Cuban actress is staying in the action genre starring in the Russo brothers’ $200m movie The Grey Man for Netflix. The studio is releasing the long-awaited Marilyn Monroe biopic, Blonde.

The project had me excited already as we need more awesome female-led action films but getting de Armas, especially off the back of her starring role in No Time To Die to the point I wouldn’t mind seeing Paloma return for her own spin-off as that Cuba sequence is the best of Craig’s era.

Image via Nicola Dove/ DANJAQ/ MGM

Finally, I think this is the start of a busy film news period as next week is the American Film Market where studios and productions companies try to secure deals for their projects.

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