‘Vikings’ Star Katheryn Winnick Joins John Travolta’s ‘Speed Kills’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Katheryn Winnick
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“Vikings” star Katheryn Winnick has joined John Travolta, Mira Sorvino, and Jordi Molla aboard speedboat racing saga “Speed Kills,” Variety has learned.

John Luessenhop is directing from a script he co-wrote with David Aaron Cohen. Production is launching in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Miami Beach, Florida, on May 30.

Hannibal Classics’ Richard Rionda Del Castro is producing the film with Oscar Generale and Luillo Ruiz of the Pimienta Film Company in Puerto Rico. Travolta will executive produce alongside Anson Downes and Linda Favila as well as Walter Josten of Blue Rider Pictures and Hannibal’s Patricia Eberle, Cam Cannon, Lindsey Roth, Farouk Hadef, Jamal Sannan, and Grace Collins.

Hannibal Classics has been selling the worldwide rights to the picture and expects sales to be completed worldwide by the end of the Cannes Film Festival.

“Speed Kills” is inspired by the life of speedboat racing champion Donald Aronow, who also created boat brands including Donzi Marine, Blue Thunder, and Cigarette. Winnick is set to play the role of Lillian Aronow, a former Wilhelmina model and the second wife of Aronow.

Winnick has a role in the upcoming film “The Dark Tower.” Her other film credits include “Love and Other Drugs” and “Killers.”  Rionda Del Castro’s previous films include “USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage,” “Vengeance: A Love Story,” “Heist,” and “Tokarev.”

Winnick is repped by CAA, Alchemy Entertainment, and attorney Jeff Bernstein of Jackoway, Tyerman, Wertheimer, Austen, Mandelbaum, Morris, & Klein.


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  1. TeamLagertha says:

    Well done Katheryn!! You are such an inspiration!!

  2. Noelle says:

    Really strong casting choice!
    Great to see the stunning actress play a variety of such empowering roles.

  3. Randy says:

    Good to see her branching out to bigger roles.

  4. Rendezvous says:

    I sincerely hope she can keep this role and not get recast like what happened with Geostorm. Katheryn is a very great actress and has been a “rising star” for way too long. Not sure why she isn’t getting more roles because she’s simply amazing. I’m actually kind of flabbergasted she was not even considered for the role of Captain Marvel or Valkyrie in the MCU.

  5. Julia says:

    Congrats to Katheryn.
    It is well deserved after so many years of making Vikings the amazing show it is today. Fantastic actress, strong and beautiful!

  6. Emma B says:

    Well that is good news.
    We really need to see much more of Katheryn Winnick.
    Rising star!!

  7. Rodriguez Daniel says:

    Perfect choice to play a model. She is the most beautiful actress today.

  8. Sebastian Roumie says:

    Hope she has a big role!
    I would 100% go see a Katheryn Winnick movie. She kicks ass… literally… :)

  9. Mel Grondura says:

    Can’t go wrong with her! Fantastic choice

  10. anonymous says:

    That Vikings show is incredible. And this girl is a really amazing actress. Great casting choice & big congrats to Katheryn :D

  11. Anna O Connor says:

    Love love love
    Katheryn has such potential, she never fails a portraying powerful women with such perfection.

  12. Janice M says:

    Can’t wait to see her!
    Katheryn is a phenomenal actress, good to see her do so well.

  13. Maddie Fulcher says:

    Great casting choice! No doubt she will excel in this role, she is an amazing actress and role model.

  14. Joe says:

    Not surprising to see her cast in more and more roles.
    Versatile, strong, gorgeous and amazing actress!
    She was amazing in House and is now the undeniable queen of Vikings.
    She is going all the way to the top.

  15. Maggie says:

    This is amazing and there is no doubt she will be an amazing addition to this cast!

  16. Pamela Currie says:

    Katheryn is one of my favorite actors! She is superb in Vikings — just love her. Happy to see that she is doing more movies and this one will now be a must-see for me and my friends.

  17. Sarah says:

    Best choice :) She is absolutely fantastic!

  18. James says:

    That’s great news!
    No stronger female actress than her at the moment!

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