Mel Gibson to star in Hot Seat | Entertainment
Mel Gibson will lead the cast of ‘Hot Seat’.
The 65-year-old actor is set to star in the new thriller, which will be directed by James Cullen Bressack and based on a story by Leon Langford and Collin Watts.
The film follows a former hacker, who is forced into high-profile banking companies by an anonymous man who planted a bomb under his chair in his office. Mel will play the role of the man who must enter the building bomb and take the victim out of the hot seat.
Production is scheduled to begin in New Mexico on November 1, and the film will see Mel teaming up with producers Randall Emmett and George Furla for the third time.
The producers said, “This is our third film with Mel and we couldn’t be happier to continue the relationship with such an iconic and exceptional artist.”
News of the project comes months after Mel signed up to star alongside Josh Duhamel and Elisha Cuthbert on “Bandit,” which is based on Robert Knuckle’s best-selling crime novel “The Flying Bandit, Bringing Down Canada’s Most Daring. Armed Robber ”, which is inspired by the life of Gilbert Galvan.
Josh will play the career criminal, who changed his name to Robert Whiteman and was dubbed The Flying Bandit after completing more than 50 bank and jewelry heists while Mel is expected to play the lifelong gangster Tommy who is involved in a huge heist alongside Whiteman.
Redbox Entertainment and Quiver Distribution will release the film in theaters and on demand next year and have promised great things from the film.
Quiver Distribution Co-Chairs Berry Meyerowitz and Jeff Sackman previously said, “We are delighted to partner again with Redbox Entertainment and Yale Productions following the successful collaborations with Becky and Chick Fight.
“Josh Duhamel shines as an anti-hero villain whom you will defend against Mel Gibson in this true action thriller that we know audiences will love.”
Last November, Mel also confirmed that director Richard Donner was working on “Lethal Weapon 5,” which will see him and Danny Glover reprise their roles as LA detectives Martin Riggs and Roger Murtaugh, respectively.
When asked if the movie was still in progress, Mel replied, “Yeah! No, absolutely.
“And the man who was behind it all – the man who carried it to the screen and gave it the gifts is working on it right now: Richard Donner. He’s a legend.”