Batista is reportedly set to star alongside Daniel Craig in ‘Knives Out 2.’
Deadline reports that Batista, real name Dave Bautista, has signed on to join the cast of Rian Johnson’s latest offering. The report also notes that Netflix recently landed to the rights to ‘Knives Out 2’ and another sequel, in a deal worth more than $400 million.
The new project is set to be written and directed by Johnson. He will also serve as producer alongside Ram Bergman. While Craig will reprise his role of Benoit Blanc.
“Plot details are unknown at this time other then Craig returning to solve another mystery revolving around a large cast of suspects. It is also unknown who Bautista will be playing in the pic. Production is set to start this summer in Greece.”
Meanwhile, Batista has been speaking ahead of the release of his latest film project Army Of The Dead.
Zack Synder’s latest film finds Batista in the role of Scott Ward, a zombie killing mercenary. The film follows Ward as he attempts to pull off a heist while mending the fractured relationship with his daughter.
After selecting MVP, Titus O’Neal, Rey Mysterio and The Undertaker, praising each in turn. The former world champion then picked The Big Show, (Paul Wight) as the final member of his team. But not because of his size and strength, but so that he can be eaten by zombie’s to buy the crew more time!
“All right. So five right off the top of my head, I’m bringing Titus. He’s my number one guy. He’s my right-hand man. I’m bringing MVP. He’s my dude. He’s my soldier like that dude is, you know, he’s definitely coming with me ’cause he’s got everything that you need. I’m bringing Rey Mysterio because I believe Rey can do things that a lot of human beings are unable to do. I’m bringing Undertaker. ‘Cause Undertaker’s just a badass. I know we can depend on that dude. I’m also going to bring Big Show because if we need to sacrifice someone for zombies because obviously, you know, Big Show’s the guy. They will spend like days eating that guy. So we don’t have to worry about [it]. We know we got days to move around without zombies chasing us ’cause they’re going to be busy eating Big Show.”
Following his defeat to Triple H at WrestleMania 35 Batista announced his retirement from professional wrestling. However, with wrestling retirements being notoriously flimsy, speculation has remained about whether ‘The Animal’ would ever return to the ring.
Responding to the speculation, Batista poured cold water on the idea of a return, saying that “nothing could bring me back.”