Varun Dhawan to headline Indian instalment of ‘Citadel’

Bollywood actor Varun Dhawan is all set to headline Prime Video’s Indian original series within the ‘Citadel’ franchise created by Raj & DK.

The untitled ‘Citadel’ series based out of India will be led by renowned creator duo Raj & DK (Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK), who are the showrunners, directors of the series, and will feature Varun Dhawan in the lead role.

Varun Dhawan said, “Citadel is an exceptionally ambitious and exciting franchise, and to be part of this magnificent universe, conceptualized by the Russo Brothers’ AGBO and Jennifer Salke, is a landmark moment in my career. I have been a big fan of their work and I am beyond thrilled to be a part of this project, and can’t wait to start shooting it.”

“The storyline of the Indian ‘Citadel’ chapter is fantastic, and when you have creators like Raj & DK on board, one can be certain that a spectacle is in the making”.

Written by Sita R Menon along with Raj & DK, the local original spy series, which starts filming in January 2023, will mark Dhawan’s streaming debut.

As previously announced, Richard Madden (‘Bodyguard’) and Priyanka Chopra Jonas (‘Quantico’) will star in the first-to-launch series within the Citadel universe, which comes from the Russo Brothers’ AGBO along with David Weil (Hunters) and is set to premiere in 2023.

Alongside Richard Madden and Priyanka Chopra Jonas, the first-to-launch ‘Citadel’ series will also feature Stanley Tucci (‘The Hunger Games saga’). Additional local-language Citadel productions are also in the works, including an Italian Original series starring Matilda De Angelis (‘The Undoing’).

“We are delighted to have Varun Dhawan play the lead in this super exciting Indian installment of the franchise. With Raj and DK at the helm of creating this action-packed spy series, and Varun playing the lead, we believe the Citadel India chapter will not just raise the bar in terms of Original productions in India, it will also bring global attention to India’s incredible pool of creators and talent. We can’t wait to share it with our audience in India and around the world,” said Gaurav Gandhi, vice president, Prime Video India.

Anthony and Joe Russo said that they are thrilled to see yet another production within the ‘Citadel’ universe commencing, this time in India. Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK under their banner D2R Films will also serve as executive producers. (IANS)

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