Shah Rukh Khan will replace Hrithik Roshan, to play ‘octopus-like creature’ in Shankar’s underwater adventure-drama
Earlier, it was reported that Hrithik Roshan might star in ace filmmaker Shankar’s forthcoming directorial which is touted to be another sci-fi action thriller movie in 3D and with extraordinary VFX like 2.0. Shankar was planning on to start the project alongside his upcoming film, ‘Indian 2’ starring Kamal Haasan in the leading role.
However, neither Hrithik nor Shankar confirmed the report and people have been waiting for the official confirmation on the same. But now as per reports, Shankar is planning to rope in Shah Rukh Khan at the place of Hrithik Roshan.
Not Hrithik Roshan, Shah Rukh Khan to play ‘octopus-like creature’ in Shankar’s forthcoming underwater adventure-drama
A source said, “Shankar’s next movie after 2.0 is Indian 2, with Kamal Haasan but the director has been simultaneously on more than one project, one of which includes an underwater sci-fi film. Shankar had narrated the script to Hrithik months ago but the buzz is that Hrithik has given the nod to Farah Khan’s Satte Pe Satta and his date diary is full with other movies so he won’t have time to do Shankar’s underwater action adventure-drama.”
“Apparently, the filmmaker has now approached Shah Rukh for the same role. The talks are just in the very early stages. It’s an octopus-like creature who possesses superpowers and superior intellect. It would be exciting to have SRK give his nod for this one as he and Shankar have never worked before earlier. Shankar is also said to have approached Jackie Chan, Tamil star Thalapathy (as known by his fans) Vijay and Chinese actress Li Bingbing for some pivotal roles. Shankar was keen to work with Hrithik Roshan but it didn’t work out.”
The source adds that the underwater sci-fi film will be the first of its kind in India. And something he has not done before. “The story revolves around a gigantic, octopus-like creature (which lives in the ocean) possessing special powers as an underwater diver, a treasure-hunter and a lighthouse keeper begin a search for it. Shankar again wants to make it in 3-D with the best underwater motion capture technology on offer. The octopus-like creature will be almost human and have a soul like an ornithologist Pakshi Rajan (Akshay Kumar) in 2.0 – someone who can understand things and react to situations. There will be lots of high-octane action too.”
“The octopus-like creature with superpowers, the underwater sci-fi movie, is a complex character and will have a strong background story as to how he became such. The script is complete. Now Shankar wants to pitch it to international studios for funding as the sci-fi adventure drama is said to be an ambitious and extremely expensive venture – with a higher budget than 2.0.” A Source further added.