The signing comes on the heels of Grillo’s role in the DirecTV mixed martial arts series “Kingdom,” as well as roles in box office hits “The Purge: Anarchy” and “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” “Kingdom” has been picked up for 20 additional episodes.
The film is currently in pre-production in Indonesia and Singapore and will begin shooting in December.
Screenwriter Liam O’Donnell, who also penned the script for “Beyond Skyline” and co-wrote its predecessor, will make his directorial debut with the film. Greg and Colin Strause, who directed the first film, will produce along with Matthew Chausse.
Hydraulx Entertainment and Infinite Studios are backing the film, and Hydraulx will oversee the visual effects work. “Skyline” made $66.8 million on a $10 million budget. “Beyond Skyline” is not a sequel — it’s being developed as a standalone film.
Grillo will play a detective who fights to free his son from a terrifying alien warship. O’Donnell said he wrote the role with Grillo in mind, because he wanted someone who could be a “throw-back action hero battling his inner demons while outwardly kicking ass.”
“I’m excited to create something fresh and visually stunning with this film,” Grillo said. “Hydraulx is unrivaled at what they do and Liam has assembled a great cast and intense script.”
Grillo is repped by CAA and Management 360.