Dave Bautista Action-Comedy Franchise in Development

Dave Bautista is a busy guy. While he'll return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe as the fan-favorite Drax the Destroyer in Avengers: Infinity War and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 to bring the laughs and pain, he's rarely, if ever, received top billing in any film. Drax certainly wasn't the former pro wrestler's first film role -- that was a 2006 cameo in Relative Strangers -- but it's definitely the one that defined his career. However, he'll soon headline a franchise of his own.

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Deadline reports that Bautista has closed a deal with U.S. media company STX Entertainment to star in and produce an action-comedy film franchise. No other details about the franchise were revealed, except that it will be overseen by Drew Simon and co-produced by Jonathan Meisner.

In the meantime, Bautista can be seen in Blade Runner 2049 and its live-action short "2048: Nowhere to Run." He'll also star alongside Sylvester Stallone in the Escape Plan sequels, and opposite Jodie Foster in Hotel Artemis.

Directed by Denis Villeneuve (Arrival) from a script by Hampton Fancher and Michael Green, Blade Runner 2049 stars Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Ana de Armas, Robin Wright, Jared Leto, Barkhad Abdi, Lennie James, Mackenzie Davis and Sylvia Hoeks

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