Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L Jackson's The Hitman's Bodyguard sequel has moved its release forward, and is now expected to reach US cinemas on Wednesday, June 16.
Titled The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard, the second movie had planned to come out on August 20. But following the news that Disney is now launching Reynolds' upcoming video game outing Free Guy on August 13, the former has decided to shift.
"This is the kind of summer action film that delivers even more comedy and more thrilling action than the first film – and it's perfect for fans new to the franchise as well," Lionsgate president Ron Schwartz said in a statement.
"The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard is what summer moviegoing is all about – great, crowd-pleasing entertainment."
Reuniting the Hollywood stars as they return to the roles of minder Michael Bryce and assassin Darius Kincaid, the action-comedy sees the duo face off against Antonio Banderas' mysterious character as they try to prevent a cyber attack in Europe and save Darius' wife Sonia (Salma Hayek).
Richard E Grant is also back as Mr Seifert, a former client of Bryce's who struggles to manage his substance abuse.
Other new cast members include Kristofer Kamiyasu (Good Omens), Gabriella Wright (The Tudors), Frank Grillo (The Purge series), Tom Hopper (The Umbrella Academy) and Morgan Freeman.
The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard will be released in the US on June 16, with a UK date to be confirmed.
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