Dev Patel has come a long way since starring in ‘Slumdog Million’, the British born actor is about to make his directorial debut with the revenge thriller ‘Monkey Man’.
Patel, who also co-wrote the script with Paul Angunawela and John Collee will also star in the film in the leading role. He will also produce the film.
The film centres on the Kid (Patel), who emerges from prison to grapple with a world marred by “corporate greed and eroding spiritual values.” Whilst further plot details are vague the film is said to be set in modern-day India, but also deals with mythology.
Basil Iwanyk of Thunder Road is producing, along with Xeitgeist’s Joe Thomas, Samarth Sahni alongside Patel. We could also be in for some high-octane fight sequences on the thriller as the outfit behind films such as ‘Atomic Blonde’ and ‘John Wick’, 87Eleven are also onboard to choreograph and design the movie’s action scenes.
Filming will commence in Spring 2019 in Mumbai.
Patel made his breakthrough in 2008 in Danny Boyle’s Oscar-winning film ‘Slumdog Million’. He has since gone on to star in ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ and ‘Chappie’ before landing the role of Saroo Brierley in ‘Lion’ opposite Nicole Kidman. He will next be seen in ‘Hotel Mumbai’ opposite Armie Hammer and Jason Isaacs. His other upcoming projects also include Michael Winterbottom’s ‘The Wedding Guest’ and Armando Iannucci’s ‘The Personal History of David Copperfield’ in which he will play Copperfield.