Bollywood actor Jackie Shroff has now joined the sets of Vijay’s upcoming film with director Atlee. The film is being tentatively referred to as Thalapathy 63. This will be Jackie's third outing in Tamil, his previous films being Aaranya Kandam with director Thiagaraja Kumararaja and Maayavan. He'd also done a cameo in Mupparimanam. Jackie played an ageing don with erectile dysfunction in Aaranya Kandam, a neo noir cult film. It was an interesting choice for the established actor given that the film was his debut in the language.
Produced by AGS Entertainment, the Atlee film's distribution rights have been bagged by Sun TV. The film was officially launched last November in Chennai, and earlier this week a few portions were filmed in North Chennai drawing in a lot of Vijay fans.
Tipped to be a sports-based drama, it is rumoured that the film will feature Vijay in the role of a football coach. It was also reported that the film’s introduction number would feature 100 children dancing alongside Vijay.
The Vijay-Atlee combination has been greatly successful so far, with Theri and Mersal clicking at the box-office, and the makers are aiming for a hattrick with this one.
While it was announced immediately after that Nayanthara would pair up with Vijay in this flick, the rest of the cast is yet to be confirmed. Rumours are, however, doing the rounds that both Yogi Babu and Vivek will be a part of this project. Music director AR Rahman has been signed to compose this music.
Last week, in an interview to Indiaglitz, Rahman hinted that Thalapathy 63 is a sports film. “I have done this genre in Hollywood but this would be the first time in south India. Atlee is a fan of my films like Lagaan and Pele. He’s heard these soundtracks and he is musically very passionate. I enjoy working with such directors who gets involved in music composing.”