EXCLUSIVE: Rosa Salazar (Captain America: Brave New World) has booked the female lead in Play Dirty, Shane Black’s crime thriller for Amazon MGM Studios, also starring Mark Wahlberg and LaKeith Stanfield. Details as to her role are under wraps.
In Play Dirty, Wahlberg plays professional thief Parker, who after being double-crossed and left for dead, sees his hunt for revenge bring with it a shot at the biggest heist of his career. But even with the help of his partner, actor-slash-con artist Grofield (Stanfield), he’ll still need to outsmart a South American dictator, the New York mob and the world’s richest man if he hopes to stay alive.
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Based on Donald E. Westlake’s Parker crime fiction novels, written under the pseudonym Richard Stark, pic is the first project in a forthcoming Amazon MGM slate based on Westlake’s work, following a pact between the studio and Team Downey in 2022, which will also see titles adapted for TV.
Black is directing from his script written with Charles Mondry and Anthony Bagarozzi. Producers of the film are Jules Daly and Marc Toberoff. Exec producers are Robert Downey Jr. and Susan Downey for Team Downey, Black, Mondry, Bagarozzi, and James Skotchdopole. Ezra Emanuel serves as co-producer.
Best known for starring in Robert Rodriguez’s Alita: Battle Angel, as well as Undone, an acclaimed rotoscoped series from Amazon, which she also produced, Salazar will next be seen in Captain America: Brave New World, which is due for release in theaters on February 14, 2025.
Previously, she has also been seen in Amazon MGM’s true-life astronaut drama A Million Miles Away, Netflix’s The Kindergarten Teacher, 20th’s Maze Runner franchise, and A24’s Oscar-nominated animated feature Marcel the Shell with Shoes On. The actress co-produced and starred in Brand New Cherry Flavor for Netflix and will additionally be seen coming up in horror comedy Vampires of the Velvet Lounge. She is represented by Independent Artist Group and Jackoway Austen Tyerman.
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