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While Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 was expected to be one of Marvel's 2020 movies, the loss of James Gunn as director has seen production delayed. and now it might not start filming until 2021. While that delay is a bummer for MCU fans, it does free up Peter Quill actor Chris Pratt for other projects in the meantime. It looks like Chris Pratt has found one too in a new movie from Taylor Sheridan.
Chris Pratt is in talks to star in the film that is going by the working title Fast. According to Variety, the film follows a former Special Forces commando who is recruited by the DEA to lead a black ops team as they aim to take out drug dealers. The only catch is these drug dealers are protected by the CIA.
The new movie comes from writer-director Taylor Sheridan, who wrote and directed last year's Wind River. Taylor Sheridan has proved his aptitude at telling these types of stories in the past, with Sicario and Hell or High Water-- both of which he wrote the screenplays for.
The director has been looking for an actor to take on the role ,and he needed a big star to justify the film's $70 million to $80 million budget to Warner Bros. In Chris Pratt he has found just the man to get Fast the greenlight at the studio.
Taylor Sheridan might still be looking for a star if not for a series of extenuating circumstances and development snags on Chris Pratt's other projects. The in demand actor was set to reprise his Star-Lord role in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, but the director issues that have delayed that film freed him up.
Chris Pratt was also set to star in Cowboy Ninja Viking, another comic book adaptation with franchise potential at Universal. That was supposed to start shooting in September, but was pulled from the schedule and is on indefinite hold. It is still in active development though with Chris Pratt still expected to star.
Those film's issues may be disappointing for fans hoping to see those movies, but it looks like they are a gain for Taylor Sheridan's new movie. It sounds like Chris Pratt was instantly interested in this film upon meeting with the director too.
This description indicates that Fast is a much more serious movie and role than Chris Pratt is known for. He did play a member of SEAL Team Six in Zero Dark Thirty, but the actor is best known for his more comedic and action fare in the MCU movies and the Jurassic World franchise.
If Taylor Sheridan's new film is as gritty and intense as Sicario or Hell or High Water, it will definitely give us a Chris Pratt we aren't used to seeing. The premise is quite interesting too as one government law enforcement agency acts in its own interests in direct opposition to a government intelligence agency's much different aims.
We'll keep you updated on this film as it develops and all the latest about when we'll see the next Guardians movie and Cowboy Ninja Viking. For movies that almost definitely are coming out next year, check out our 2019 release schedule.