Chris Pratt and Taylor Sheridan—the screenwriter and director who’s helped revitalize action and Western genres in Hollywood—might be teaming up for a new film. Pratt’s in talks to star in Sheridan’s action thriller Fast, according to Variety.
The movie will follow a former elite special forces commando (Pratt), who’s brought into the fold by the DEA to help hunt down a group of drug dealers by leading a black ops team. The catch? Those drug dealers are being protected by the CIA.
Sheridan—who wrote both Sicario films, Oscar-nominated Hell or High Water, and created the hit TV series Yellowstone—will write and direct the film. Sheridan’s been meeting with actors for the film since early summer, but, due to his work on the second season of Yellowstone, production was pushed back a bit.
Pratt recently found himself with some extra time on his hands after the production start on Guardians of the Galaxy 3 was delayed by Marvel and Cowboy Ninja Viking was pulled from Universal’s schedule, per Variety. The timing couldn’t be more serendipitous.
For Sheridan, this marks a major step up in his career after directing the low-budget, critically acclaimed flick, Wind River, which was made for just $11 million and starred Jeremy Renner.
Variety reports the budget for Fast will be in the $70 million range, so, naturally, the studio wanted a big name actor for the role. Pratt would be ideal having starred in big-budget franchises like Jurassic World, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Avengers: Infinity War.
He’s no stranger to getting in shape for a special forces role either. In 2012’s Zero Dark Thirty, Pratt played a SEAL Team Six member and got absolutely ripped, shedding his chubby, Andy Dwyer persona from his TV show Parks and Recreation days.