Hot off The Last of Us and The Mandalorian, Pedro Pascal has landed the first role in Weapons, the new ensemble-driven horror movie from Barbarian director Zach Cregger.
Cregger wrote the script, and though plot details have been hard to come by, it’s described as a horror epic featuring multiple intersecting stories, much in the same vein as Paul Thomas Anderson‘s 1999 masterpiece Magnolia.
Cregger will produce alongside Roy Lee and Miri Yoon of Vertigo, as well as J.D. Lifshitz and Raphael Margules of BoulderLight Pictures. The project is heating up at New Line, which landed the project following a heated bidding war and is now planning a fall shoot.
When the project was first put up for auction, multiple studios and streamers made offers given the success of Barbarian, which grossed $40 million at the domestic box office on a $4.5 million budget, though only New Line was willing to guarantee both a greenlight and a theatrical release.
In addition to The Last of Us and The Mandalorian, Pascal’s TV credits include Game of Thrones and Narcos, and on the big screen, he recently starred opposite Nicolas Cage in The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent. He will soon be seen opposite Ethan Hawke in Pedro Almodóvar‘s short film Strange Way of Life, which will premiere at Cannes this month, and he also co-stars in Ethan Coen‘s new movie Drive-Away Dolls.
Pascal, who recently signed on for a role in Ridley Scott‘s Gladiator sequel, is represented by CAA, and the Hollywood Reporter broke the news of his casting in Weapons.