Dave Bautista is showing some real-life nerve these days after recently enjoying action-centric roles in Guardians of the Galaxy, Blade Runner 2049, and Spectre. Just today, one senses he helped lead all the cast of the Guardians films in signing an open letter of support for James Gunn—while tweeting on his account “#RehireJamesGunn”—and now he is also upping his action stance on the screen too in a new starring role for STX Entertainment.
As relayed via THR, Bautista is starring in My Spy, a new family friendly action-comedy with Peter Segal signing on to direct. Segal is himself no stranger to action-comedy, having helmed the Steve Carell and Anne Hathaway-starring Get Smart a decade ago. His credits also include 50 First Dates, Anger Management, and Tommy Boy. Further the new comedy will give Bautista a chance to enter the “Kindergarten Cop” stage of his career.
The logline reads, “My Spy will tell the story of a hardened CIA operative (Bautista) who finds himself at the mercy of a precocious nine-year-old girl, having been sent undercover to surveil her family.”
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The film is set-up at STXfilms as part of a “custom created” series of projects, which are essentially high-concepts designed from the ground up around the stars they’re partnered with in order to create new “signature roles” for the talent. This will be Segal’s follow-up to his latest film, Second Act, which is due out in November and stars Jennifer Lopez. Meanwhile, it will a chance for Bautista to take a starring role in an all-ages movie after previously stealing scenes in the Guardians films and this summer’s Avengers: Infinity War. He also has appeared in the last two Escape Plan movies in the VOD market and recently appeared in Hotel Artemis.