Michael Shannon Joins Brad Pitt's Bullet Train Movie

The Japanese novel's adaptation is slowly starting to finalize the early details.

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Michael Shannon (Knives Out, Boardwalk Empire) will be joining Brad Pitt (Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, Fight Club) in the upcoming adaptation of Kotaro Isaka's Japanese mystery novel Mariabeetle, which on these shores will go as the arguably grabbier Bullet Train. News of Shannon's addition to the cast comes via Deadline.

The story follows a group of five assassins on a high-speed train and was adapted by Zak Olkewicz (Lights Out, Fear Street). David Leitch (Hobbs & Shaw) will supervise the script and also direct. And while the list of cast-member names continues to grow and also include Brian Tyree Henry (Atlanta, Joker), Joey King (Independence Day: Resurgence, The Dark Knight Rises), Aaron Taylor Johnson (Kick-Ass, Godzilla), and Andrew Koji (American Gods, Peaky Blinders), it still hasn't been announced who will be playing what role.

No release date has been announced, though it is reasonable to expect this project will take its time as it will be Pitt's first feature after winning an Academy Award for acting this year for Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon A Time In Hollywood.

Antoine Fuqua along with Leitch and Kelly McCormick will be producing Bullet Train under its 87 North banner as well as Kat Semick, who has a history of producing action films such as The Equalizer franchise.

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