Veteran actor Kamal Haasan has joined the cast of Nag Ashwin’s multilingual sci-fi movie Project K, the makers announced on Sunday. The film is headlined by Prabhas and Deepika Padukone and also stars Amitabh Bachchan and Disha Patani. It is being directed by Nag Ashwin, reports said.
The big-budget film is produced by C Aswani Dutt, founder of Vyjayanthi Movies. Production house Vyjayanthi Movies shared Kamal Haasan’s casting announcement on its official Twitter page. The tweet read, “Welcoming the greatest actor Ulaganayagan @ikamalhaasan. Our journey becomes Universal now. #ProjectK.” The announcement video showed several clips from Kamal Haasan’s critically-acclaimed movies and introduced him as Ulaga Nayagan (universal hero), the antagonist in the film.
Amitabh Bachchan welcomed Kamal on board. He tweeted on Sunday, “Welcome Kamal .. great working with you again .. it’s been a while!”
A few weeks ago, there were reports of producer Ashwini Dutt approaching Kamal Haasan with a whopping offer of ₹150 crore to play the antagonist in Project K. A reliable source from the film’s unit had told Hindustan Times that Kamal Haasan has been approached for the film but he denied the news about the ₹150 crore offer.
C Aswani Dutt is backing the project in the 50th year of the production house’s inception. The movie is scheduled to be released in cinemas on January 12, 2024, in Telugu, Hindi, Tamil, Kannada and Malayalam.
Project K is a science-fiction thriller which is being made on a massive budget and marks the maiden collaboration between Prabhas and Nag Ashwin of Mahanati fame. Some posters featuring Deepika and Prabhas’ silhouettes were enough to hype up the film.