Vijay and director Atlee – best known for films such as Theri (2016) and Mersal (2017) – have joined hands for the third time for a project currently dubbed as Thalapathy 63. Last December, a formal pooja was organized to mark the beginning of the film’s regular shoot in Chennai.
The latest update from the makers is that popular Hindi film actor Jackie Shroff, who last made an appearance in 2016 Tamil thriller Maayavan, has landed a crucial role in the film.
Film’s Executive producer Archana Kalpathi made the announcement via a tweet. “We are happy to welcome Jackie Shroff sir on board Thalapathy 63,” she wrote.
It is rumoured that Vijay will be seen in the role of a coach in the film. However, neither the makers nor Atlee has verified these reports. Apparently, Vijay has worked closely with a trainer to shed weight for the project.
It has already been confirmed Kathir, Yogi Babu and Vivek will be seen playing pivotal roles in the film. Daniel Balaji, usually seen playing negative roles, has also been roped in for a crucial role. The film has been confirmed for a Diwali 2019 release.
Vijay’s last release was Sarkar (2018), which hit the screens during Diwali festival last year. Directed by AR Murugadoss, the film revolved around NRI Sundar Ramaswamy, played by Vijay, as he decides to investigate the person who illegally casts his vote.
Recently, Rahman confirmed in an interview that the yet-untitled film will be sports-based.
“I have done this genre in Hollywood but this would be the first time in south India. Atlee is a fan of my films like Lagaan (2001) and Pele (2016). He’s heard these soundtracks and he is musically very passionate. I enjoy working with such director who gets involved in music composing,” Rahman said.