These days, Chris Pratt is one of the hottest stars on the planet. And now, it looks as if the ever-charming actor is eyeing up a new take on an old favourite.
Via Deadline, it’s being reported that Pratt is in early talks to headline Paramount’s upcoming reboot of The Saint. A relaunch of this beloved property has been in the works since 2016, with Lorenzo di Bonaventura on board to produce.
The Saint is a major favourite of so many genre fans, with the adventures of Simon Templar first hitting the screen back in 1938. Created by Leslie Charteris, The Saint began life as a book series in 1928, and since then there have been several different iterations over the decades – most notably the Roger Moore-headlined TV series that began in 1962. Elsewhere, Val Kilmer headlined a 1997 movie that was so-so at best. More recently, Adam Rayner headlined a direct-to-TV Saint movie only last year. Character-wise, Simon Templar is essentially a better dressed Robin Hood figure, technically a criminal but whose main mantra is working for the greater good, all while quipping wise and being smoother than smooth.
For Chris Pratt, this would be just the latest Hollywood blockbuster on his ever-expanding CV. The Parks and Recreation star has become one of the biggest names in the game thanks to his roles as Peter Quill in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as Emmit in The LEGO Movie (and its upcoming sequel), and as Owen Grady in the Jurassic World pictures. Up next for Pratt is Vincent D’Onofrio’s western effort, The Kid, although his hotly anticipated Cowboy Ninja Viking movie has recently been scrapped.
Expect more on Paramount’s new take on The Saint as we get it.