Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman has been set to star in and produce STXfilms’ action-thriller 17 Bridges.
Irish filmmaker Brian Kirk (known for his work on Game Of Thrones and feature Middletown) will direct from a script by Adam Mervis. Joe and Anthony Russo, who directed Boseman in Avengers: Infinity War, will produce under their AGBO banner, along with Boseman’s writing and producing partner Logan Coles. AGBO’s Mike Larocca will be executive producer.
Boseman will play a disgraced NYPD detective given a shot at redemption after joining a citywide manhunt for a cop killer. Production is due to start in September.
The film joins an STX slate that also includes thrillers Mile 22, starring Mark Wahlbeg, and Peppermint, starring Jennifer Garner. The company recently announced projects including Muscle, with Vin Diesel, and two Jason Statham projects.
STXfilms chairman Adam Fogelson commented: ”STX has assembled a dream team of collaborators on 17 Bridges, bringing together the global talents behind two of the biggest action films ever made to give audiences a thrilling new take on the race-against-the-clock crime drama. Chadwick Boseman’s razor sharp instincts and undeniable charisma captivated millions of people around the world in Black Panther, and Joe and Anthony Russo have breathed a new energy into the action genre with films like Avengers: Infinity War. Their unique and intelligent approach to filmmaking is anything bu formulaic, and with Brian Kirk at the helm directing this promises to go beyond the typical popcorn fare.”