In 2016, director Karthik Subbaraj had signed on Dhanush for an action thriller. However, the film got delayed multiple times due to changes in production. After three years, the untitled film, which is tentatively titled D40, is all set to begin in London.

The new addition to the cast of D40 is Hollywood actor James Cosmo, who essayed the role of Lord Commander Jeor Mormont in Game of Thrones. He is also known for his performances in Braveheart, Troy, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe and several other Hollywood films.

Karthik Subbaraj welcomed Cosmo with a message on Twitter. He wrote, “Welcome on board @MrJamesCosmo sir!! Very Happy, honoured & excited to work with an actor who starred in legendary creations like #Braveheart #Troy #Gameofthrones & many more (sic)”

Since the film is an action thriller set in London, Karthik Subbaraj wanted a Hollywood actor to play the antagonist. He also tried to get in touch with Al Pacino and Robert De Niro for the same. However, his efforts were gone in vain as it was a tedious process.

In an earlier interview to Film Companion, the Petta director opened up why he couldn’t bring them on board. He said, “It’s an action thriller with gangster elements. The story takes place in New York and we wanted a proper actor from Hollywood for an important role. I wanted someone from The Godfather cast to play the role. That’s the reason we tried to approach Robert De Niro and Al Pacino but in vain. It was a tedious process to reach out to them. First, you should approach the casting agent of the respective actor and they should like the script. And you have to wait for a particular period of time until they get back. We can’t narrate the same story to some other actor for the same character. Here, I can narrate a role to multiple actors and keep my options open. It’s not possible there. This process took me nearly six months.”

This untitled film, produced by Y Not Sashikanth, will go on floors in two days. Dhanush and the rest of the crew jetted off to London for the same.

Malayalam actress Aishwarya Lekshmi will be making her Tamil debut with this film. The technical crew comprises of composer Santhosh Narayanan, cinematographer Shreyas Krishna and editor Vivek Harshan.

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