Deepika Padukone, the Hindi actor, is set to star in a cross-cultural Hollywood romantic comedy, developed by STXfilms, a division of Eros STX Global Corporations.
This will be Padukone’s second Hollywood outing after her 2017 film xXx: Return of Xander Cage, co-starring Vin Diesel.
Padukone will not only star in the upcoming project, but also co-produce it under her Ka Productions banner.
According to the press release, STXfilms is in talks with Temple Hill Productions’ Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen, of the Twilight franchise and The Fault in Our Stars fame, to develop the project.
In a statement, Padukone said, “Ka Productions was founded with the aim to develop and produce purposeful content with global appeal. I’m thrilled to be partnering with STXfilms and Temple Hill Productions, who share Ka’s ambition and creative vision, and look forward to bringing impactful and dynamic cross-cultural stories to the world.”
Adam Fogelson, chairman, STXfilms Motion Picture Group, expressed his excitement about the collaboration as well. “There is a reason Deepika is one of the biggest global stars to come from India. She is enormously talented with an infectious personality and her profile continues to grow as an international superstar. While she has been a phenomenal success in many Eros International films, we are thrilled to be building a romantic comedy with her and our friends at Temple Hill. We believe this project gives us the opportunity to tap into the spirit, voice, characters and vibrant settings of India and New York in ways that made Crazy Rich Asians feel so authentic and fresh,” he said in a statement.
Meanwhile, Padukone has a bunch of other projects in the pipeline, such as Pathan opposite Shah Rukh Khan, Fighter with Hrithik Roshan, the Hindi remake of The Intern alongside Amitabh Bachchan, Project-K with Prabhas, and Shakun Batra’s next alongside Siddhant Chaturvedi and Ananya Panday.