Universal Pictures wants a sequel to 2008’s action thriller, Wanted, and they want it bad.
Most of the news surrounding the development of Wanted 2 has focused on whether or not James McAvoy’s co-star Angelina Jolie would return even though [Spoiler] she ended her character’s life in Wanted. If they could get her back, director Timur Bekmambetov stated that an explanation for resurrecting Jolie’s character would be given in the sequel.
In February, we reported that Jolie had dropped Wanted 2 to do a film titled Gravity. Shortly after that, we heard she was out of that project as well. So, with her out, they need a replacement and now we know who they have in mind…
Even though Wanted banked a solid $340 million+ at the box office, the sequel’s production seemingly hinged on Jolie’s return as the key selling point of Wanted 2. Even Jolie out, writer/creator of the Wanted comic, Mark Millar, insisted that the project would continue without her and that they could introduce new cool characters instead.
Following this, there was another hitch in the form of director Timur Bekmambetov jumping in to helm Red Asphalt. That film would reportedly be his next project, not Wanted 2.
Is all lost for the time being? Maybe not.
According to sources of E! Online, Bekmambetov and the studio are interested in having Twilight star Kristen Stewart take on the part of the leading lady for Wanted 2 and even though chances may be slim of the project going forward with her at the moment, Bekmambetov did meet with her once about it.
Stewart has her third Twilight film, Eclipse coming this summer and will be shooting the two-part Breaking Dawn later this year. She’s certainly a big profile name at the moment and I can see why they want her.
What do you think about Kristen Stewart in Wanted 2 as an action star?
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Source: E! Online