The first casting news from Bloodshot has arrived, and it’s clear that Sony Pictures and Valiant Entertainment are aiming high when it comes to casting the lead role. Genre veterans Oscar Isaac, James McAvoy, Jake Gyllenhaal, Nicholas Hoult and Mark Wahlberg are all on Sony’s wish list, as reported Wednesday by The Wrap — though it’s important to note that just because the actors are on the studio’s wish list, it doesn’t mean they are in negotiations with them.
Sony and Valiant first announced their five-picture deal to bring various characters from the publisher’s shared universe to the big screen back in 2015.
Based on the the character created by Kevin VanHook, Don Perlin, and Bob Layton in 1992, Bloodshot will follow the story of an amnesiac super-soldier who is genetically enhanced with nanites, courtesy of the shadowy Project Rising Spirit. Without a memory of his past, the super-powered government agent embarks on a journey to discover his origins and exact vengeance upon his enemies.
The movie’s script has been written by Eric Heisserer, best known for his work on Arrival, and is currently slated to be the cinematic directorial debut for Dave Wilson, a veteran of directing video game trailers and Deadpool director Tim Miller’s partner at Blur Studios.
Bloodshot will be produced by Neal Moritz, who also produced the “Fast and Furious” franchise, Toby Jaffe and Valiant’s Dinesh Shamdasani. The film does not yet have a firm release date.