Casting announcements are coming out left, right and centre at the moment, which is exciting as this suggests that there are many different projects underway, or are moving into development. Recently, a face from the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has been cast in an upcoming horror. 

Frank Grillo as Rumlow in Captain America: The Winter Soldier / Picture Credit: Marvel Studios

Frank Grillo as Rumlow in Captain America: The Winter Soldier / Picture Credit: Marvel Studios

Frank Grillo, who played Rumlow in 2014’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier, is to star in the leading role for Liam O’Donnell’s forthcoming thriller/horror, Merciless

While Rumlow may be Grillo’s most popular role, the actor also starred in The Purge: Anarchy (2014) and The Purge: Election Year (2016), with one of his most recent roles being in Copshop (2021) with Gerard Butler. 

Director of Merciless, O’Donnell, and Grillo have worked together before on a movie in the Skyline franchise (that being the second entry, Beyond Skyline); the upcoming horror marks the next occasion when the two will be working together once again. 

Merciless is said to follow Grillo’s character, a highly-skilled government interrogator, whose wife is possessed by a malicious spirit. Grillo searches for vengeance against those who were close to the entity in its former life, in order to rid his wife’s body of the spirit. 

However, all good horrors have a twist, and it seems that everything within Merciless isn’t exactly what it seems... 

Shooting will supposedly begin on the feature this summer (2022) in Alabama, after Sentient Pictures International’s recent showing of the film at the Cannes market. 

Given Grillo’s past films mainly consisting of action roles, it may be a good guess to say that Merciless will not only have supernatural and horror elements within, but a good amount of action and thrills, too. 

Grillo is an action star through and through, so seeing him in a feature such as this will be very exciting indeed. Plus, as he and O’Donnell have successfully worked together in the past, there can only be good things to come from Merciless when it debuts in cinemas, potentially in 2023 or 2024.

Written by Melissa, who you can follow on Twitter @melissajournal

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