Even if his version of “Aladdin” isn’t in cinemas until May 2019, Guy Ritchie already has three leads for action movie project “Toff Guys.”
Set within the modern marijuana industry, and co-written by director Guy Ritchie, gangster movie “Toff Guys” takes in British crime bosses and American billionaires.
Starring in the film will be “Dallas Buyers Club” and “True Detective” man Matthew McConaughey alongside “Underworld” franchise lead Kate Beckinsale and Henry Golding of “Crazy Rich Asians.”
Ritchie comes to the film having built his career on gang crime action movies like “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels,” and “Snatch” before transitioning to the “Sherlock Holmes” franchise with Robert Downey Jr., Brit actor Jude Law, and Canada’s Rachel McAdams.
Despite the commercial and critical underperformance of 2017’s “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword,” Ritchie landed Disney’s “Aladdin” project, with Will Smith as the genie and relative newcomers Naomi Scott and Mena Massoud as the film’s two other leads.
If a third “Sherlock Holmes” movie is on track for a 2020 release, then “Toff Guys” may be next up after that; Ritchie also has several other movies in the works, including a New York crime drama called “Empire Rising,” which he is likewise expected to direct.
McConaughey, coming off crime drama “White Boy Rick,” has nautical thriller “Serenity” due in US theaters late January, though international rollout begins this month; Beckinsale is to topline Amazon’s episodic thriller “The Widow,” expected before the end of the year, while Singapore-based British-Malaysian Golding went from “Crazy Rich Asians” to “A Simple Favor” and has Vietnam drama “Monsoon” awaiting release.