Rawson Marshall Thurber, who previously worked with Johnson on Central Intelligence and Skyscraper, will helm the movie.
Universal Pictures purchased rights to the movie, Deadline reporting that studio won a ‘heated multi-studio bidding battle’ that ended in this year’s biggest package deal so far.
The publication details how Thurber flew to London, where Gadot has been working on Wonder Woman 2, to get the actor on board. She will reportedly play a ‘brilliant and mysterious figure in the art world’.
Johnson’s role remains under wraps, as does the premise, although Red Notice will apparently be a globe-trotting action comedy featuring another leading male actor, yet-to-be announced.
Thurber and Johnson will be hoping to prove themselves a bankable duo with Skyscraper, out later this year, while their buddy-cop movie Central Intelligence made $217 million from a $50 million budget.
Meanwhile, Johnson continues to be the most bankable Hollywood star in the world, the action movie Rampage currently being the seventh-highest grossing movie of 2018. Last year’s Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle also became a high-grosser, falling just short of $1 billion globally.
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