Rumors are rife that 16 fresh faces have joined the cast of Thalapathy 63, directed by Atlee and starring Vijay in the lead.
According to a report, 16 new actresses have been signed on for the film which is said to be a sports drama, with Vijay playing coach. The report also adds that special training has been imparted to the actresses to perform the sport scenes. However, there has been no official confirmation from the makers about the casting.
Speaking to Silverscreen, the spokesperson for the film said, “Nothing has been finalised so far as discussions are still on about roping in members of the cast and technicians.”
Earlier in November, the set work for the film began with a pooja at Binny Mills, Perambur. It was also announced that Nayanthara will play the female lead in Thalapathy 63. This marks the actress’s second collaboration with Vijay after Villu (2009) directed by Prabhu Deva. It is also her second collaboration with the director who made his debut Raja Rani (2013) starring Nayanthara and Arya in the lead.
Thalapathy 63 is said to be a crime-thriller, and is Vijay and Atlee’s third project together after Theri (2016) and Mersal (2017). Producer Archana Kalpathy will bankroll this project under the banner AGS Entertainment, and as with Mersal, AR Rahman will compose music with lyrics penned by Vivek. GK Vishnu will be the cinematographer.
According to a report, actor-comedian Yogi Babu is the latest addition to the film’s cast, but there has been no official confirmation on this either. If the news is to be believed, this is the third time Vijay and Yogi Babu are teaming up. They had earlier acted together in Sarkar and Mersal.
Meanwhile, it is said that actor-comedian Vivekh might be cast in the film, taking after Mersal in which comedians Vadivelu and Kovai Sarala played important roles.
As for the rest of the crew, Atlee has chosen the Mersal team, including editor Antony Ruben, stunt director Anal Arasu and art director Muthuraj.
Sources suggest that ‘Aalaporaan Tamizhan‘, a song from Mersal, is the title being considered. If everything goes as planned, this will be the actor’s next Deepavali release.