Ryan Reynolds, currently in theaters starring in Deadpool 2, is confirmed to star in the action film, Six Underground. The drama’s set up with Skydance Media and Netflix and has Michael Bay (the Transformers film franchise) on board to direct.
The action thriller is based on Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick’s original idea. Reese and Wernick, co-writers of Deadpool and Deadpool 2, will be executive producing Six Underground. Deadpool ranks as the top grossing R-rated film of all time, and Deadpool 2 opened with the second biggest R-rated domestic weekend (behind only the original Deadpool).
Netflix and Skydance Media didn’t confirm the film’s plot in their official production announcement. However, The Hollywood Reporter reports a source has described the film as involving “six billionaires who fake their own deaths and form an elite team to take down bad guys.”
Michael Bay and Skydance’s David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, and Don Granger are set to produce. Six Underground will be the first time either Michael Bay or Ryan Reynolds have worked on an original Netflix project.
According to Netflix and Skydance Media, Six Underground will begin filming sometime this summer. Netflix is aiming for a 2019 premiere of what will be one of their largest productions to date.
Ryan Reynolds’ non-Deadpool credits include The Hitman’s Bodyguard, Life, Woman in Gold, Mississippi Grind, The Voices, Safe House, Buried, Smokin’ Aces, Just Friends, and The Proposal. He’s attached to star in Clue and recently finished up work voicing the titular character in Detective Pikachu.
Director Michael Bay’s credits other than the big-budget Transformers action film series include 13 Hours, Pain & Gain, Pearl Harbor, Armageddon, The Rock, and Bad Boys. Bay’s attached to direct the film adaptation of Daniel H. Wilson’s bestselling sci-fi novel, Robopocalypse.