Idris Elba is set to follow up The Suicide Squad by reteaming with Warner Bros. for a new action film, the studio having snapped up the rights to the spec script Stay Frosty, which has Extraction helmer Sam Hargrave on board to direct.
Deadline describes the project as “a John Wick-type character in a throwback to ’80s high-action Christmas movies that include Die Hard andLethal Weapon” and will see Elba portraying a man who miraculously survives a bullet to the head and has to figure out who wants him dead while trying to make it back home in time to spend Christmas with his son.
Hargrave – a former stunt double for Chris Evans’ Captain America – is coming off Netflix’s hit action thriller Extraction, which was produced by Anthony and Joe Russo. He’s signed on to return for the sequel, which will shoot this year, and is also attached to direct Jake Gyllenhaal in Combat Control.
Elba meanwhile will next be seen in James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad, where he portrays the DC villain Bloodsport, and has the Western Three Thousand Years of Longing, George Miller’s The Harder They Fall and Baltasar Kormakur’s Beast on his upcoming slate, along with the long-rumoured Luther movie which he has said will shoot this year.