Sobhita Dhulipala, who has starred in Indian web series like Made in Heaven an Bard of Blood, is foraying into Hollywood with the upcoming action thriller Monkey Man. It is the directorial debut of actor Dev Patel, who is also essaying the titular role. Netflix has struck a deal in the region of USD30Mn for most worldwide rights to the film, Deadline reported a few days ago.
The film also stars Sharlto Copley and Sikandar Kher. Sobhita posted about her casting on Instagram today, asking followers to wish her luck.
Filming has just finished on the movie, which will see Oscar-nominee Patel play an unlikely hero who emerges from prison to take on a world enmeshed in corporate greed and eroding spiritual values, and seeking revenge from those who took everything from him years before. Netflix is due to release it in 2022.
Patel wrote the script with Paul Angunawela and his Hotel Mumbai collaborator John Collee. The film is partly inspired by the Hindu myth about the deity Hanuman who is half man, half monkey.
Patel told Deadline in a statement, “I’m so thrilled to be partnering with Netflix on this adventure. I hope this will be a fresh addition to the genre at a time in this industry where my story can become our story. Shooting a film during a pandemic has been quite challenging to say the least, but the opportunity to reimagine stories from my childhood and infuse them with my love of action cinema has been an absolute joy.”