HL: Priyanka bags lead role in Cowboy Ninja Viking

The Indian star will join Chris Pratt in a new movie based on a graphic novel

Priyanka Chopra at the Hammer Museum Gala in Westwood, USA. Photo Shutterstock

After walking out of upcoming Bollywood film Bharat, Priyanka Chopra is all set to star opposite Chris Pratt in Cowboy Ninja Viking. Directed by Michelle MacLaren, the film will see the Quantico star as the love interest of Pratt in the movie, confirmed The Hollywood Reporter. Based on the graphic novel by A.J. Lieberman and illustrator Riley Rossmo, the movie will revolve around a counter-intelligence unit which is formed by a psychotherapist, Dr. Sebastian Ghislain. The flick will see Ghislain transform agents known as Triplets—a reference to multiple personalities. The role of a formidable agent will be played by Pratt, who will possess the fighting skills and personalities of a cowboy. Earlier, Bollywood director Ali Abbas Zafar had confirmed that Priyanka would not feature in Bharat and now that role would be played by Katrina Kaif.

Priyanka Chopra
Priyanka Chopra in Quantico.

Last week, the Internet didn’t quite believe that the very professional Priyanka Chopra had quit Salman Khan’s Bharat to get married (to rumoured boyfriend Nick Jonas). Now, it seems even more unlikely after a report claims Priyanka has been cast opposite a Guardian Of The Galaxy. Priyanka Chopra quit Bharat, starring Salman Khan, on an amicable note. Director Ali Abbas Zafar in his tweet announcing Priyanka’s exit said: “The reason is very, very special. She told us in the Nick of time about her decision and we are very happy for her”. Ali’s tweet fell into place when People Magazine and E! reported that Priyanka and singer Nick Jonas had gotten engaged on her birthday some days earlier. Later, it was reported that Priyanka had actually dropped out of the project because of her salary and “last minute additions” to the cast.

A pencil of Cowboy Ninja Viking.

Bharat also stars Disha Patani and Tabu and the film is expected to release on Eid 2019. It is the Hindi adaptation of South Korean film Ode To My Father. Meanwhile, Cowboy Ninja Viking will be directed by Michelle MacLaren (Game Of Thrones and Breaking Bad). The filmmakers are aiming for a June 2019 release. Priyanka Chopra has three Hollywood films on her resume already – Baywatch, A Kid Like Jake and Isn’t It Romantic. Priyanka has also signed Shonali Bose’s The Sky Is Pink, opposite Farhan Akhtar

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