After starring in the likes of Guardians of the Galaxy, Blade Runner 2049 and next year’s Dune, Dave Bautista is heading back into realm of sci-fi once again with Deadline reporting that he has signed on to star in Universe’s Most Wanted, a new big budget sci-fi fantasy from director Brad Peyton (Rampage).
As revealed by the site, Universe’s Most Wanted will focus on “a small town which gets a big surprise when a space ship carrying the universe’s most wanted and dangerous criminals crash lands in their backyard. Soon the sheriff’s son becomes a hero when he finds himself helping an intergalactic peacekeeper (Bautista) to keep the ragtag group of alien prisoners from escaping and taking over the world.”
The film has been scripted by F. Scott Frazier (xXx: Return of Xander Cage) and Jimmy Loweree, while both Peyton and Bautista will produce alongside Jeff Fierson and Jonathan Meisner.
“Jeff and I are incredibly excited to be teaming up with Dave, Jonathan and AGC on this project,” said Peyton. “Scott and Jimmy are terrific writers and have conceived of the perfect sci fi tentpole that fits perfectly into ASAP’s brand and my directing sensibilities. We couldn’t be more thrilled to get going on Universe’s Most Wanted. This is the type of fun mysterious and irreverent adventure we all need right now.”