Joey King, the Golden Globe-nominated star of The Kissing Booth and The Act, will soon be taking a train trip with Oscar winner Brad Pitt.
Hobbs & Shaw and Deadpool 2 director David Leitch is set to helm Bullet Train, an action-thriller set up at Sony Pictures. Pitt will be leading the cast of the film, which is based on a Japanese novel by Katoro Isaka titled Maria Beetle, telling of a group of hitmen and assassins with conflicting motives all aboard a train in Tokyo. An English translation of the book is to be published in 2021.
Deadline broke the news that King had entered negotiations to take on one of the four lead roles. THR had some potential plot info, their sources claiming that “Pitt will play an American hitman named Ladybug” and “King will play an unassuming teenaged assassin named Prince.” THR further described the film as Speed meets Non-Stop.
The screenplay for Bullet Train comes from Zak Olkewicz, who is also a co-writer on the upcoming film adaptation of R.L. Stine’s Fear Street series – Gillian Jacobs (Community) and Ashley Zukerman (Succession) are among the cast of that one.
King recently had Netflix sequel The Kissing Booth 2 released; the third film in the franchise will hit Netflix in 2021. Bullet Train is to be the first feature for Pitt following last year’s Quentin Tarantino film Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood, which earned him his first acting Oscar.
As of now, the plan is to begin filming Bullet Train in Los Angeles later this year. Although there are plenty of health regulations to keep up with, the production is expected to benefit from the plot’s “contained thriller” concept.