Frank Grillo has been cast in The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard, a sequel to The Hitman’s Bodyguard. In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Grillo portrays Brock Rumlow aka Crossbones, the supervillain nemesis of Captain America.
Directed by Australian filmmaker Patrick Hughes, The Hitman’s Bodyguard was released in 2017. Starring Ryan Reynolds as the titular character Michael Bryce, the action-comedy was produced for an estimated $30-69 million and earned over $175 million at the box office. Samuel L. Jackson co-stars as the hitman Darius Kincaid, and Salma Hayek plays his wife. English actor Gary Oldman rounds out the supporting cast as the dictator Vladislav Dukhovich. While The Hitman’s Bodyguard wasn’t a favorite amongst critics, it resonated with audiences and a sequel was announced last May.
Per Variety, Grillo has joined the cast for The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard. He’ll portray an Interpol agent trying to prevent a cyber attack in Europe. The sequel will feature the original cast, along with Hughes as director. Screenwriter Tom O’Connor will write the script once again for a story that’s reportedly set in the Amalfi Coast, a stretch of coastline in southern Italy. In 2014, Hughes directed The Expendables 3, while O’Connor is the writer behind the upcoming spy thriller Ironbark starring Rachel Brosnahan and Benedict Cumberbatch. The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard began filming on March 2 and will be distributed in theaters by Lionsgate.
Over the past five years, Grillo has transformed into a legitimate action star, as he made his MCU debut in Captain America: The Winter Soldier and reprised his role in Captain America: Civil War. This April, Grillo will portray Crossbones once again in Avengers: Endgame and will appear in the 2019 films Donnybrook, Boss Level, and Black and Blue. During the 2000s, Grillo established himself on the small screen, with supporting roles in Prison Break, Blind Justice and the James DeMonaco series The Kill Point. He later collaborated with DeMonaco for Blumouse's The Purge: Anarchy and The Purge: Election Year, thus raising his mainstream visibility amongst younger demographics. Grillo will reunite with DeMonaco for the upcoming film Once Upon a Time in Staten Island, a drama co-starring Naomi Watts and Bobby Cannavale.
At 53, Frank Grillo is arguably one of cinema’s most underrated stars, and his career continues to progress. With The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard, he has another big opportunity to showcase his versatility and leading man potential. In fact, Grillo may be an ideal replacement for Daniel Craig as James Bond.