From “The Kissing Booth” to a “Bullet Train,” it appears that Joey King is on the fast track for box office success.
According to Deadline, King is in negotiations to star opposite Brad Pitt in the upcoming action-thriller “Bullet Train,” which is directed by David Leitch and written by Zak Olkewicz. The action film is based on the Japanese novel “Maria Beetle” by author Kotaro Isaka and follows a group of assassins on a train. Details are a bit scarce, however, it’s expected that King will star as one of the assassins opposite Pitt and will be the only female amongst the four leads.
To say this is the biggest project for King in her career so far is an understatement. Previously, she was probably best known as a supporting player in a number of films including “The Conjuring,” “The Dark Knight Rises,” and “White House Down.” King’s career has recently gained momentum thanks to her Netflix hit “The Kissing Booth” and the sequel, as well as her Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated role in the Hulu limited series “The Act.”
All that being said, starring in a lead role opposite Brad Pitt in a big-budget action film from the director of “Hobbs & Shaw” and “Deadpool 2” is nothing short of massive and should catapult King even further into superstardom. And given her strong work over the past decade, it’s hard to argue that the actress isn’t one of the best young performers in Hollywood.
It’s unclear when “Bullet Train” might arrive in theaters. In fact, there’s no clear sign when the film might actually begin production. The report claims that Leitch is looking to begin filming in the fall but with the pandemic throwing a wrench in the plans of the entire industry, it’s uncertain if that will come together or not.