Antoine Fuqua’s ‘Infinite’: Chiwetel Ejiofor to Play the Villain

Paramount’s potential franchise starter ‘Infinite’ now has Chiwetel Ejiofor onboard the cast as the villain. He will play a member of the Infinite who has found a way to stop the reincarnation process and plans to use it on his own kind.

Ejiofor recently leant his voice in the Disney remake ‘The Lion King,’ from director Jon Favreau. He also received an Academy Award nomination for his performance in Steve McQueen’s ’12 Years a Slave,’ from 2013. Next, he will appear in another Disney film: ‘Maleficent: Mistress of Evil,’ releasing October 18th.

He joins Mark Wahlberg (‘All the Money in the World’), Sophie Cookson (‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’), and Dylan O’Brien (‘The Maze Runner,’ ‘Bumblebee’). Rupert Friend (‘At Eternity’s Gate,’ ‘A Simple Favor’) has also joined the cast, portraying Bathurst.

The premise of the novel adaptation of ‘The Reincarnationist Papers’ is below:

“A group of near-immortal men and women who are reincarnated over the centuries and known as ‘the Infinite.’ To defeat an evil mastermind who wants to destroy the planet, the group must rely on a man who suffers from schizophrenia. They will have to learn that all his vivid dreams are actually memories from past lives, in order to defeat the villain.”

Moreover, Antoine Fuqua (‘Training Day,’ both ‘The Equalizer’ films) serves as director. The screenplay received revisions from John Lee Hancock (‘The Blind Side,’ ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’). Ian Shorr (‘Trenches,’ CBS’ ‘Training Day’) wrote the previous draft of the script.

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Additionally, production designer Chris Seagers (‘Deepwater Horizon,’ ‘Alien: Covenant’) and second unit director Simon Crane (‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,’ ‘Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw’) are part of the crew.

Filming will begin later this month in London, and wrap sometime in December. Also, other potential locations could be Los Angeles and Rome, as those are cities in the book.

‘Infinite’ will release August 7, 2020.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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