Ryan Reynolds is still getting his ass kicked as bodyguard Michael Bryce. He's back for The Hitman's Bodyguard sequel -- called The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard -- which also stars Samuel L. Jackson as Darius Kincaid and Salma Hayek as Sonia Kincaid. It looks like Reynolds' Bryce might have a smaller role than the Kincaids, considering Ry-guy has already wrapped his role while the others continue filming:
Oof. When you and your husband are looking A+ sharp and your bodyguard friend looks like THAT. Something must happen, once again, to Michael Bryce to get him so roughed up in the sequel.
Ryan Reynolds already showed a photo of bloodied Bryce last month, as the first photo from the movie's set, so it sounds like he just stays messed up through his entire arc in the sequel? Bad sign.
The photographer tagged is Sam Speranza, who had this note to share on Ryan Reynolds wrapping, while Sam Jackson and Salma Hayek continue:
Yesterday was a wrap for the incredible Ryan Reynolds and I have to say it’s one of the best actors and professionals I’ve ever met. Apart from being a wonderful human being and always part of the team. Thanks for giving me the opportunity to photograph you! Now the adventure continues with the other two fabulous persons by your side!
Samuel L. Jackson shared the same photo with his own note on Ryan Reynolds:
The Homie Ryan Reynolds wrapped last night! Already miss my dude. Me & Salma Hayek will soldier on... till reshoots!!!#hitmanswifesbodyguard#goodworkwithgoodpeopleaintworkatall
So the journey continues with Salma and Sam. That makes sense, in a way, since Jackson's Darius should be the hitman of the title, with Sonia as the wife. But is Bryce not her bodyguard for the whole movie?
The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard follows bodyguard Ryan Reynolds' Michael Bryce, who’s enlisted by Samuel L. Jackson's Darius and Salma Hayek's Sonia Kincaid to join them on a mission along the Amalfi Coast. Patrick Hughes is returning as director, with a script by Tom O’Connor. According to Variety, Frank Grillo is reported to play an Interpol agent who needs the trio's help to prevent a cyber attack in Europe. The rest of the supporting cast is very impressive, including Antonio Banderas and Morgan Freeman, with Richard E. Grant reprising his role as Bryce's drug-addicted corporate client Mr. Seifert.
Here's the logline of the sequel, per Deadline:
Set on the Amalfi coast, The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard follows the mismatched, high-octane trio who are unwillingly pulled onto the side of the good guys as they battle to save Europe from a vengeful and powerful zealot with a dangerously over-developed sense of national pride.
Salma Hayek has been sharing her own photos from production, including this one -- which also seems to show Ryan Reynolds' character looking roughed-up and in no condition to be grocery shopping:
Salma Hayek looks amazing, as usual. She's 52, did you know that? Enough about Paul Rudd looking young for 50. It was Hayek's dream to return to the role of Sonia after the first movie. When doing press for The Hitman's Bodyguard, the main trio all said any sequel would have to follow the Kincaids. As Ryan Reynolds told Moviefone:
I want to see a movie between Darius Kincaid and Salma Hayek's character Sonia. That's all I want to see. That's the only sequel that should be made from this film.
Salma Hayek was all the way down for that idea:
I want to, because I didn't get enough of Sonia. I am in love with this character. I want to be in her skin again. I felt so free! It was so liberating.
The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard started filming in early March in Europe, and apparently it will continue on from here without Detective Pikachu himself. The first movie made $176.5 million worldwide off a reported $30 million budget, per Box Office Mojo, so hopes are high for the sequel to continue the profits. Critics weren't huge on the first movie, but fans seemed to like it a bit more, giving it a 67% RT audience score vs. 42% from critics. CinemaScore's polled moviegoers gave it a B+.
There's no word yet on a release date for The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard, but stay tuned. In the meantime, keep up with all new releases with our 2019 movie release date schedule.