The three leads are back for round two, which places a bigger focus on ‘the hitman’s wife,’ Hayek’s con artist Sonia Kincaid. Bryce (Reynolds) is attempting to lead a more peaceful life following the craziness of the first film, but that ain’t to be: the trio are soon involved in a global plot involving a powerful madman (played by Antonio Banderas).
Aussie director Patrick Hughes (The Expendables 3, Red Hill) returns at the helm, with screenwriter Tom O’Connor also back, although this time writing with Phillip Murphy and Brandon Murphy.
The first trailer doesn’t offer much in the way of plot, but it certainly confirms that the elements that made the first entertaining are back: namely, the great cast and their chemistry. There’s a bigger line-up this time around, including Banderas, Frank Grillo, Richard E. Grant and Morgan Freeman. It will be interesting to see who – or what – Freeman will be playing. “You’ll have to see,” reads Freeman’s mention in the official synopsis below.
The first film received mixed reviews from critics (our review), but was financially successful, earning $US176.5 million worldwide from a budget of around $US30 million.
The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard will be hitting US cinemas from July 16th. No Australian release date has yet been announced by Roadshow Films.
The world’s most lethal odd couple – bodyguard Michael Bryce (Ryan Reynolds) and hitman Darius Kincaid (Samuel L. Jackson) – are back on another life-threatening mission. Still unlicensed and under scrutiny, Bryce is forced into action by Darius’s even more volatile wife, the infamous international con artist Sonia Kincaid (Salma Hayek).
As Bryce is driven over the edge by his two most dangerous protectees, the trio get in over their heads in a global plot and soon find that they are all that stand between Europe and a vengeful and powerful madman (Antonio Banderas). Joining in the fun and deadly mayhem is Morgan Freeman as…well, you’ll have to see.
THE HITMAN’S WIFE’S BODYGUARD is directed by Patrick Hughes and stars Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Salma Hayek, Antonio Banderas and Morgan Freeman.