"Deepika is one of the biggest global stars"
Deepika Padukone has revealed that she will be returning to Hollywood for her second project.
The project comes four-and-a-half years after she was the female lead in xXx: Return of Xander Cage, which also starred Vin Diesel.
On her next Hollywood project, it will be a cross-cultural romantic comedy, developed by Eros STX Global Corporations’ division, STXfilms.
Not only will Deepika star in the film but she will also co-produce it under her banner Ka Productions.
STXfilms is also in talks with Temple Hill Productions’ Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen, of the Twilight franchise and The Fault in Our Stars, to develop the project.
In a statement, Deepika said:
“Ka Productions was founded with the aim to develop and produce purposeful content with global appeal.
“I’m thrilled to be partnering with STXfilms and Temple Hill Productions, who share Ka’s ambition and creative vision and look forward to bringing impactful and dynamic cross-cultural stories to the world.”
Adam Fogelson, chairman, STXfilms Motion Picture Group, also expressed his excitement about collaborating with Deepika.
He said: “There is a reason Deepika is one of the biggest global stars to come from India.
“She is enormously talented with an infectious personality and her profile continues to grow as an international superstar.
“While she has been a phenomenal success in many Eros International films, we are thrilled to be building a romantic comedy with her and our friends at Temple Hill.
“We believe this project gives us the opportunity to tap into the spirit, voice, characters and vibrant settings of India and New York in ways that made Crazy Rich Asians feel so authentic and fresh.”
Deepika Padukone made her debut as a producer in 2020 with the film Chhapaak.
The film also starred Deepika and it was based on the life of acid attack survivor Laxmi Agarwal.
Under her banner, Deepika is also producing ’83 and the Indian adaptation of The Intern, starring herself and Amitabh Bachchan. The original saw Anne Hathaway and Robert De Niro in the lead roles.
On the acting front, Deepika has numerous projects lined up.
This includes untitled films from Shakun Batra and Siddharth Anand, Fighter with Hrithik Roshan, Pathan, among others.