Actor Vijay Sethupathi, who was last seen in Sindhubaadh and currently has close to half a dozen projects in the making, has been roped in to play Sri Lankan spin legend Muttiah Muralitharan in a yet-untitled biopic on the former player.
The film will be bankrolled by DAR Motion Pictures in association with another leading southern production house. To be directed by MS Sripathy, the film will go on the floors from August or September this year and in the interim Vijay Sethupathi will work closely with a trainer to shed weight and get under the skin of the character.
Thrilled about being part of the project, Vijay Sethupathi said in a statement: â€śI am happy to be associated with the Muttiah Muralitharan biopic, he is an iconic sportsman of Tamil origin and someone who's made his mark across the world. Portraying the role of Murali is going to be a challenge for me & I'm looking forward to it. I'm delighted that Murali himself will be closely involved with the project & guiding me on the cricketing aspects. I am thankful to both Murali & the producers for the faith bestowed on me.â€ť The film will be made in Tamil and released in multiple other languages.
Meanwhile, Vijay Sethupathi is currently busy shooting for SP Jananathanâ€™s Laabam with Shruti Haasan. He has also just wrapped up Vijay Chanderâ€™s Sanga Tamizhan which also stars Raashi Khanna.
Vijay also has Telugu film Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy with megastar Chiranjeevi up for release. He has recently signed his second Telugu film opposite Vaishnav Tej. There are also reports that Sethupathi might team up with Kaaka Muttai director Manikandan for his next project. Both of them had previously worked together in Aandavan Kattalai.
The shooting of one of his project Maamanithan, directed by the award-winning director Seenu Ramasamy was completed several months ago but there is no news about its progress or release yet. Reports are that the makers of Maamanithan are planning to release it in the month of September but no date has been fixed as yet. The post-production is currently on, we hear.
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